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NHS - planning for winter already - BBC News
Councils have not and are not spending the extra 1bn given appropriately - via nhs survery - to alleviate bed blocking situation. Misspend it on other holes of the sinking ship. like trust did and do with mental health money.
NHS  winter  crisis  wintercrisis  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  elderly  fuel  poverty  UK  STP  austerity  Council 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1) - YouTube
same tactics in tobacco, meat, climate = seeding doubt & creating a debate about scientific consensus. "doc merchants of doubt" // climate change cost will be astronomical! // public attitude //
climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  FEMA  economic  damage  denial  science  doubt  PR  language  communication  public  health  economics  lobby  lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  Tobacco  Debate  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  medical–industrial  agriculture  industry  cost  fossil  fuel  shareholder  fiduciary  responsibility  profit  maximisation  drought  flood  flash  flooding  national  security  vested  interest 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
IFS: Growth in UK living standards worst in 60 years | Business | The Guardian
The Institute for Financial Studies is predicting that households will be almost 20% worse off by 2021 - IFS calculations show that average household incomes will be 18% lower in 2021-22 than could have been reasonably expected before the financial crisis in 2007-08 - “One of the biggest drivers of the rise in child poverty is policy choices, which is why it is essential that the prime minister and chancellor use the upcoming budget to put in place measures to stop this happening. An excellent start would be to ensure families can keep more of their earnings under the universal credit.”
IMF  UK  Austerity  OECD  living  standard  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  GFC  recovery  Tories  nasty  party  bank  bailout  Labour  Ed  Miliband  Jeremy  Corbyn  Conservative  secular  stagnation  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  household  debt  credit  card  mortgage  private  Consumer  Consumerism  wage  growth  inflation  mobility  inequality  gini  Coefficient  poverty  trap  working  poor  gig  economy  zero  hour  contract  Self-Employment  part-time  Precariat  squeezed  middle  class  technological  unemployment  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  trickle-down  neoliberalism  crony  Capitalism  corporatism  tax  evasion  avoidance  GDP  Corporate  profit  maximisation  globalisation  globalization  welfare  underinvestment  child  taxation  taxcredit  UC  DWP  JSA  social  fuel  Brexit  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  JAM 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
UK  Brexit  Austerity  tax  credit  Tories  JAM  nasty  party  Conservative  poverty  fuel  working  poor  Precariat  zero  hour  contract  Contractor  Self-Employment  gig  Economy  1099  part-time  social  mobility  income  distribution  redistribution  squeezed  middle  class  technological  unemployment  underemployed  underemployment  trap  education  policy  public  health  inequality  Food  Bank  gini  Coefficient  Triple  Lock  Pension  JSA  ESA  DWP  minimum  wage  taxation  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  NHS  inflation  living  standard  disposable  discretionary  spending  Card  consumer  debt  household  underinvestment  skills  skill-biased  Productivity  output  gap  downward  upward  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Philip  Hammond 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Middle classes (not working class) voted for Brexit, argues Danny Dorling - BBC Newsnight - YouTube
middle class english vote // to catch up w German health spend, 1bn a week extra for NHS. Not 350m. // uk is europes most unequal country economic wise.
Brexit  Identity  Politics  squeezed  middle  class  NHS  Crisis  inequality  European  Union  Austerity  gini  Coefficient  poverty  tax  credit  fuel 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Déjà vu: as with tobacco, the climate wars are going to court | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian
The fossil fuel industry copied Big Tobacco’s racketeering playbook. They’re following the same path to court, where tobacco lost
tobacco  Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  climate  change  global  warming  carbon  tax  meat  tax  Sugar  Lobbying  lobby  lobbyist 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal
Climate change envoy singles out both countries for subsidising the fossil fuel industry and says the UK has lost its position as a climate leader
COP21  UK  Germany  Angela  Merkel  Wolfgang  Schäuble  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  climate  change  global  warming 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit vote boosts case for inclusive growth | Bruegel
finding calls for more inclusive growth, which is defined by the OECD as “economic growth that creates opportunity for all segments of the population and distributes the dividends of increased prosperity, both in monetary and non-monetary terms, fairly across society.” [...] finding calls for more inclusive growth, which is defined by the OECD as “economic growth that creates opportunity for all segments of the population and distributes the dividends of increased prosperity, both in monetary and non-monetary terms, fairly across society.”
Brexit  Protest  Vote  income  distribution  Gini  coefficient  poverty  UK  child  poverty  fuel  poverty  income  growth  wage  growth  structural  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  inequality  1%  10%  20%  Super  Rich  plutocracy  recovery  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  minimum  wage  minimumwage  mindestlohn  Precariat  working  tax  credit  child  tax  credit  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  debt  credit  card  economic  history  USA 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Inside Story - What's the future of the UK in the wake of Brexit? - YouTube
Felt left behind! proxy protest vote. Dog whistle racism/xenophobia. World of post-fact politics and post-fact campaigning! Still a protest vote vs the elite and establishment always promised Disneyland. Reclaiming democracy at home, from bureaucracy, unelected officials, unaccountable ones, in Brussels. Young voters; 3 in 10 voted. Scewed the result somewhat. This is a warning to mainstream parties around the western world. Politics is being hollowed out, voters go to either extremes as alternative!
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places
[ we are not all in it together ] Councils say funding pressure is deepening crisis but Department for Education says free schools will make up the numbers [...] [north and deprived areas] The latest data reveals that the councils facing shortfalls in places by 2019-20 are Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Walsall, Bexley, Greenwich, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Slough. //&! Poor children need better chance of good school place, says report. High-performing primary schools are under-selecting pupils from low-income families, claims education charity - bit.ly/23AJFFf
staff  shortage  staff  morale  austerity  education  policy  Academy  Nicky  Morgan  Michael  Gove  Council  Public  Services  Social  Services  deprivation  Gini  coefficient  Generationengerechtigkeit  triple-lock  pension  mobility  income  mobility  poverty  trap  child  poverty  food  poverty  fuel  poverty  well  being  poverty  selection  bias  prejudice  snap  judgement  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  budget2015  budget2016  general  election  2015  constituency  Party  Funding  election  campaign  promises 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Director: Alex Gibney / Writer: Alex Gibney //&! https://youtu.be/zY5UuWkVq8g //&! all the bad fish got away! only the shark got caught // party and campaign financiers; wall street: fossil fuel followed by the emergence of silicon valley firms. // congress does not serve american people. average citizen does not have a voice. ... congress need of money exploited, fighting each other with more and more money! getting a leg up on your opponent. who they get the money to be elected or re-elected? those who have already money! [...] public finance would end it!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
We Underestimate Tesla
Today the Powerwall and Supercharger network support the sale of Tesla cars. Tomorrow, we may see them feeding electric cars beyond Tesla: BMWs, Toyotas, Ubers, Chevy Bolts and others. The same way Amazon has turned its fulfillment centers into a revenue generator, Tesla could turn the Powerwall and Supercharger into a profit center by selling access to other car companies.
Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  petrodollar  Petroleum  automotive  industry  Auto  Abgas-Affäre  lobby  Tesla  Tesla  Motors  Tesla  Model  S  Tesla  Model  3 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Week Ahead: the return of the nasty party and a good week for Brexit
David Cameron and George Osborne wanted to cut even more! //&! Nicky Morgan's embarrassing interview over Tory cuts to disabled welfare - youtu.be/hjk06tjx_xQ //&! Jeremy Corbyn - youtu.be/Ain-IP4pHCk //&! IFS: cutting disability benefits to fund tax cuts is a political choice - youtu.be/xVBf9dSa9Mw //&! MANIFESTO Election Campaign Promises - Tories hoist by their own petard over disability cuts - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek //&! also closed Independent Living Fund - youtu.be/nurjzK5VPAI //& "The electorate don't mind. Those who vote aren't affected." *George Osborne - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek - WCA to bring down bill by kicking people off was a pipedream & Universal Credit is a real cut in benefits. //&! Nicky Morgan's nightmare defending Osborne's nasty budget - youtu.be/Y9YNcQF4t8I - 12bn cuts were promised in Manifesto 2015. 4.4 tried through PIP. youtu.be/5-3Bp7qzj4Y (pre-election) //& cutting corporation tax (& capital gains tax) - youtu.be/gZ6qNHLnbs0 &! Analysis - youtu.be/v-qmvI9s3pE
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Public Investment Payoff Not Necessarily About Efficiency
electrification of public rail - reduce emissions and improve public health (health hazard of diesel train engines proven - for passengers and residents). also improve public health - people ditching their cars! // 8:40 each additional public capital investment might be less valuable after the first road to the sea port. but that does not factor in types and public health and safety. road vs train. diesel train vs electric train. slow train vs faster electric magnetic safe low maintenance train w auto pilot (augmented intelligence). less public health risks, less health hazard, more public safety = less economic damage through a less sicker population (health care cost, health care demand, less work hours lost, higher productivity - healthy, happy people) but micro and macro economists do not put this into their GDP - well being, happiness, public health. // beijings hazardous hair will prove to be hughe economic cost (public health) down the road (chronic pulmonary conditions and cancer = lower productivity, lower discretionary spending because of spending goes to medicine and medical care and down the road leads to old age poverty for some if not the family).
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government accused of redefining fuel poverty to bring down figures
[ fuel poor if your spend more than 10% of your income on gas and electricity. choice between eating and having a warm home. ] Commons committee says 2.4 million people to be classed as fuel poor rather than 3.2 million under Energy Bill amendments //&! 800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it. David Cameron ‘putting interest of energy firms above ordinary people’ - ind.pn/1Rmjc5j //&! BBC Panorama - bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0756g0x - min 6: estimated 12m people skip meals to pay energy bills. gov had simple definition (10%). Tories missed 2016 target, thus changed definition (LIHC), estimates now 20% of population in fuel poverty, 1 in 5. since fuel poverty was introduced as target (to eradicate), it has been rising steadily! Most pensioners are excluded under new definition. est. 9000 deaths from living in cold home. & 1/2 the members of the Fuel Povery Committee have strong links to energy industry //&! bit.ly/1LIr4z2
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
Amber  Rudd  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Tories  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  energy  policy  energy  price  subsidies  subsidizing  carbon  tax  COP21  nuclear  waste  Hinkley  Point  C  competitiveness  industrial  policy  policy  folly  short-termism  white  elephant  policy  error  austerity  nasty  party  lobby  Career  Politicians  energy  storage  Smart  Grid  underinvestment  UK 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Ineos warns Scotland will pass up the chance of an economic lifeline if fracking is banned (From Herald Scotland)
NICOLA Sturgeon has been warned against passing up a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise the Scottish economy after she admitted she is “highly sceptical” about fracking. One of the country’s largest firms intervened after the First Minister revealed her personal view in a bid to counter claims that the SNP is preparing to give the controversial gas extraction method the green light after the Holyrood elections. Ineos, which owns the sprawling Grangemouth petrochemical plant and owns fracking exploration licences for large swathes of central Scotland, said it believed shale gas could become “another Scottish success story like the North Sea” and “pick up the slack” of declining offshore reserves.
fracking  shale  gas  shalegas  Scotland  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  carbon  tax  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Nach Giftschlamm-Katastrophe zahlt Samarco Entschädigung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das Schlammdesaster im Rio Doce gilt als eine der schlimmsten Umweltkatastrophen Brasiliens. Nun zahlen die Verantwortlichen Schadensersatz - laut Präsidentin Rousseff ein "historisches Abkommen".
Brazil  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry  commodity  prices  BRIC  self-regulation  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  industrial  accident  regulation  regulators  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  mining 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Another Look At The Perilous Price Of American Energy by Reveal
fossil fuel companies lobbied themselves out of workers comp when accidents happen. + care about speed over safety. + contract out work. oil companies often don't have own employees on-site. energy companies duck responsibilities when things go wrong. can distance themselves when things go wrong. [...] [legal sleaze] big companies roll off part liabilities (claims) through contractors insurance. [...] bonuses to drill quickly.
Keystone  Pipeline  USA  fracking  Canada  tarsand  fossil  fuel  shale  gas  shalegas  self-regulation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  regulation  regulators  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  carbon  tax  DeepwaterHorizon 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Oscars 2016: Live coverage - BBC News
The Big Short director speaks out on US election - 01:56 - If you don't want big money to control government, don't vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil or weirdo billionaires. Director Adam Mckay
presidential  election  2016  Hillary  Clinton  Donald  Trump  Wall  Street  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  fossil  fuel  revolving  door  Super  PAC  Party  Funding 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices - BBC News
[ Saudie's playing game of who has the deepest pockets against USA and Canada ] The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning consumers not to let cheap oil lull them into a false sense of security amid forecasts of a price spike by 2021. In a report, the IEA said it expects prices to start recovering in 2017. But it forecasts that will be followed by a sharp jump in price as supply shrinks following under-investment by struggling producers.
OPEC  shale  gas  fracking  Saudi  Arabia  aggregate  demand  BRIC  China  credit  bubble  commodity  prices  secular  stagnation  Russia  Middle  East  Iran  Iraq  Oil  price  petrodollar  petrodollars  Petroleum  Industry  fossil  fuel  underinvestment 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres to step down - BBC News
Ms Figueres said she would not accept an extension of her appointment which finishes this summer. As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she played a key role in the talks that lead to the Paris Climate Agreement. Her contribution to the negotiation process was praised as "really extraordinary". [...] Ms Figueres has announced her decision to stand down in the same week as the President of the Paris conference, Laurent Fabius, announced he was stepping aside from that role. He is being replaced by French environment minister Segolene Royal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
How Billionaires Built The Radical Right! - YouTube
Modern fascism poisons public communication channels. // Obstructing democracy and social democracy. // Insurgency tactic! Like Conservatives adopting some Labour proposed policies! // Undermining faith in government! // no transparency where party funding comes from!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Should Ofsted get a US boss? - BBC News
In particular, they are considering candidates who have been involved in the charter school movement, state-funded independent schools, with a similar ideological DNA to academies and free schools in England. The big impact of charter schools has been in the most deprived urban areas, credited with re-energising schools that had been in a state of chronic decline. It's a claim rejected by their opponents, particularly in US teachers' unions, who say that the successful glitz and PR around charter schools is not backed up by any significant long-term advantage. Some charter schools do well, some do badly... like any other type of school, they argue. The current mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has been accused by charter school groups of putting up "roadblocks" to their expansion. [...] [ PISA & a very mixed picture in USA ... and no co-operation, collaboration and trust. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic waste in Pacific Ocean washed up on Hawaii beach - in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry - bit.ly/1QebFEW
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt - BBC News
this is akin to taking plaster to fix a crumbling high rise: limiting the emissions and putting cost on emissions for one industry, seen as heavies polluter in public eye ... while livestock industry is biggest +50% of them all. // what is needed is a carbon tax that also includes environmental and ecological cost (ie deforestation, water pollution from pig waste - livestock farming) and if we are already there, what about antibiotic-resistance? A Marschall Plan for the future of earth and its occupants. A future for us. // If and import doesn't have a carbon tax, tariffs have to be enacted on imports based on their damage to environment, ecology and carbon emissions. ... // economic damage & public health problems and health inequality in the future is deferred taxation for the next generation // Obama isn't bold enough. Not Utopian enough.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: David Cameron urged to 'think again' on ESA cuts - BBC News
[ we should help them get back to work ... 'by cutting their existence and add to worry, subsistence living and food and fuel poverty' ] Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged David Cameron to "think again" about cuts to employment and support allowance, warning that it will badly impact cancer patients and people with "severe" disabilities. Raising the topic at PMQs, Mr Corbyn said the government should not try to reverse its defeat in the House of Lords over the plans to cut the benefit by £30 a week. The PM said existing ESA claimants unable to work would not lose any money. "But in future, those who are able to get back to work, we should help them get back to work. That is what a compassionate country does," he added, and went on to attack Labour's health and economic policies in Wales and Scotland.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The lights are going out for solar energy
Back in December, when most people were focussed on Christmas and not renewable subsidies, the government quietly published their decision to cut Feed-in Tariffs for industries such as solar, wind and hydropower by a staggering 65 per cent. Included in the small print was analysis which showed a possible 19,000 job losses, mostly in solar, which would see that industry shrink to under half its size. [...] Instead the government is thinking short-term, and our economy will suffer. For a party that wants people to think of it as economically competent, this is an incredibly bad move.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish cabinet calls on UK Chancellor to cut oil and gas 'tax burden' - BBC News
- how about putting money in renewable schemes? duh? // selecting an industry, that is clearly on the down, in the long run. duh! and is clearly not contributing a carbon free economy!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Billionaire supports reported inquiry into possible ExxonMobil cover-up | Environment | The Guardian
Activist Tom Steyer’s comments followed reports that California attorney general is looking into what the world’s biggest oil company knew about climate change. Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer spoke out on Wednesday in support of an unconfirmed investigation by California into allegations that ExxonMobil spent decades lying to investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change. “We don’t have the facts yet, but I think that there is enough that has been revealed that it’s totally appropriate that (California) be conducting this investigation,” Steyer told the Guardian. “Anybody who puts out intentionally misleading information I think should be answering to us.” Steyer’s comments came hours after the Los Angeles Times reported that California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, is looking into what ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew about climate change going as far back as the early 1980s.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Mercedes: Autos verbrauchen wohl deutlich mehr Sprit als angegeben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Herstellerangaben und tatsächlicher Spritverbrauch unterscheiden sich bei Autos dramatisch. Umweltschützer haben bei 20 gängigen Modellen eine durchschnittliche Abweichung von 40 Prozent ermittelt. Besonders negativ fällt Mercedes auf.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
How Corporate Greed Is Trashing the Commons & Harming Us - YouTube
Methane gas leak in outside LA, California. // cutting corners. safe money on safety and maintenance! no safety valve. and it was not required by law! //&! A Staggering Methane Leak Has Caused a State of Emergency in CA - youtu.be/UBYpL3JDCzA //&! youtu.be/lTvQvMAJ6hE - California’s Methane Gas Leak Environmental Catastrophe Explained
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - YouTube
"total fraud [...] if we let fossil fuel be the cheapest form of energy [...] price should reflect cost to society and the planet. [...] COP21 resolutions are jump change versus realities. [...] helps to stop to subsidies renewable bc renewable will be more favorable because fossil fuels will be more expensive."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Whoa...The Climate Crisis at the North Pole - YouTube
Storm Frank/Storm Eva/Storm Desmond. High temps @North Pole. This will go down into the history books! Destabalising of Polar Vortex (colder winters) vs El Nino effect (warmer wetter winters) + Jet Stream wobbly (<< still cutting edge science.) [...] 'Destable Polar Vortex due to global warming.' Wobbly Jet Stream = chaotic weather (ie warm arctic like california warm). Coming Decades more extremes, more events. //&! Civilization's rise based on fossil fuel = also it's demise, mass extinction - youtu.be/XhkpsyT3mDc //&! Pre-COP21 France Foreign Minister "We Are on the Edge of a Climatic Abyss" - youtu.be/jfeS5k1518o //&! Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk - youtu.be/NmL4t8TclGU - public collectively comfortably aware. and hoping for carbon capture tech. youtu.be/svlU6p0gHgo //&! Naomi Klein on Why Climate Change is ‘Incredibly Threatening To Our Elites’ - youtu.be/g_2GjzS576A
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
California state of emergency over methane leak - BBC News
[ saving $ on maintenance by corporate ] the well now accounts for about a quarter of the state's total emissions of methane - an extremely potent greenhouse gas. The well is situated in a mountainous area more than a mile away from residential areas, but residents have complained of health effects like headaches, nausea, vomiting and trouble breathing. "Let's call it an environmental and public health catastrophe," Tim O'Connor, a lawyer with the Environmental Defense Fund, told the BBC's environment correspondent, Matt McGrath. "In terms of timelines this is going to surpass the gulf oil problem by a mile. What we do know is that that climate equivalent of this leak is like burning thus far almost 700 million gallons of gasoline or it's the same amount of pollution as 4.5 million cars put out every day, it's tragic." [...] The BBC's Matt McGrath says the large amounts of powerful gas that are leaking could have a significant impact on climate change. &! bit.ly/1mJNW5m
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
End of deep coal mining - BBC News
Kellingley Colliery, in North Yorkshire, closes on 18 December, bringing to an end centuries of deep coal mining in Britain.
fossil  fuel  UK  energy  policy  energy  price 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
RWE: Aufsichtsrat gibt grünes Licht für Aufspaltung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
RWE macht einen radikalen Schnitt: Vorstandschef Terium bündelt die zukunftsfähigen Geschäftsfelder in einer Tochtergesellschaft und will diese an die Börse bringen. Nun hat der Aufsichtsrat den Plänen zugestimmt.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
German plasma success raises nuclear fusion hopes - BBC News
A German nuclear fusion experiment has produced a special super-hot gas which scientists hope will eventually lead to clean, cheap energy. [...] Physicists are in a worldwide race to create stable fusion devices that could not only mimic the Sun but release abundant energy, without the volumes of toxic waste generated by nuclear fission - the splitting of the atom. [...] The project began nine years ago and has cost 1bn euros (£720m; $1.1bn) so far. The EU's main nuclear fusion project is called Iter, at Cadarache, in the south of France. But it will not be fired up until the 2020s. It is controversial, having already cost more than €10bn. [...] Scientists have been working on nuclear fusion for more than 50 years but the extreme temperatures involved and the difficulty of controlling plasmas mean progress is slow.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Stop Eating Meat and Save the Planet - YouTube
51% of greenhouse gases = livestock farming // animal product would have to have one a health tax and two a carbon tax (like sports cars) // Was capitalism ever generous, responsible, conscious and sustainable? //&! 25% of land use -https://youtu.be/o0aJet5EVmM- and human waste is highly regulated - sewer, not so animal waste.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated | twice as much as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and 5.5 times the number from a separate global database. : science
Texan here. I can say it is getting pretty noticeable in some parts. The I-20 between Pecos and Abilene reeks of gas now. I've lived in Texas for over 20 years and this is the worst it's been. At one point, I had to turn the air off in my car just so the stench would stop flowing in (even the air filter did little to help). But in a bit of uplifting news, Sweetwater, also on the I-20, has installed a ton of wind turbines. So it's good to see that the move the green energy is being made in the state.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
A!073 - Fehler in der Matrix I & II – Aufwachen!
min 24 - Kyoto Protocol wasn't ratified by western world. And there is no Climate / Carbon Emission Police and supranational Judge. //
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Wikileaks veröffenlicht Tisa-Dokumente: COP21 von Tisa ausgehöhlt - taz.de
Während es in Paris um Weltrettung geht, wird in Genf das internationale Dienstleistungsabkommen TiSA verhandelt. Das von Wikileaks veröffentlichte Energiekapitel zeigt, dass TiSA den Klimaschutz torpedieren könnte. // Wenn Tisa in dieser Form Wirklichkeit würde, hätten die beteiligten Staaten künftig deutlich weniger Möglichkeiten, ihre Energiepolitik nach ökologischen Kriterien auszurichten. Denn das Papier schlägt ausdrücklich eine „Technologie-Neutralität“ vor. Wenn ein Land seinen Energiemarkt für ausländische Konzerne öffnet, dann dürfe das nicht nur für einzelne Energieträger, sondern müsse für alle gelten – ganz gleich, ob es sich dabei um Solar, Atom, Wind, Kohle, Öl, Geothermie oder Fracking handelt.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
No mention of climate change in the TPP: Sierra Club report shows “dirty deal” means environmental disaster - Salon.com
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will "fuel the climate crisis" warns the environmental organization in a new report [...] Environmental and labor organizations have warned for years that the TPP, which has been characterized as “NAFTA on steroids,” will mean disaster for the climate and for the economy. “A Dirty Deal: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Climate,” the Sierra Club’s new report, details just how disastrous it could be. [...] The Sierra Club’s report finds that the TPP will do the following: “Empower fossil fuel corporations to challenge climate policies in private tribunals” [...] he deal will give foreign corporations the ability to sue governments for implementing environmental policies that do not meet companies’ “expectations” or that could make their investments less profitable.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris Klimagipfel: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma investieren Milliarden in saubere Energie - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ratan Tata, Jack Ma: Einige weltbekannte Superreiche und 20 Staaten setzen den Ton für die Klimaverhandlungen in Paris. Sie wollen Milliarden in saubere Energie für Entwicklungsländer investieren. // Wenn Gates und Bezos es ernst meinen, heatten sie schon lange ihre Unternehmen auf "CARBON NEUTRAL" strategie geschickt. //&! bit.ly/1NWM8wf
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