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Comment Re: "Failed" push for renewables? (Score 1) 347

"Even with subsidies(***) the only way they are usually profitable is when they're not generating and powercos are paying the operators to _not_ connect to the grids. The other problem with the things is that broken blades have been known to go more than a mile, so there's a large exclusion zone necessary around them."

More utter bollocks, can't be bothered with it. Wind is cheap.

Comment Re: "Failed" push for renewables? (Score 1) 347

the environmental costs are at least as high as those of coal plants.(**)

Absolute rubbish of the highest order. The Chinese aren't the only country creating solar PV, the Canadians actually have one of the biggest companies and the US and Japan are big producers too. There is no comparison between coal and solar for environmental damage, some panels use rare earth minerals but they aren't 100% necessary.

Comment Re: "Failed" push for renewables? (Score 1) 347

You're forgetting that nuclear and coal power stations are being closed down also solar can be installed by residents and businesses.

Electricity demand in the UK is falling at the same time as the percentage of electricity generated by renewables is increasing fast because of fossil fuel power stations closing.

If electric cars continue their rise in popularity then it is highly likely that the trend of no growth or slow growth will change into substantially more demand for electricity.

Comment Re: "Failed" push for renewables? (Score 2) 347

You are very mistaken, you must have missed the huge drops in costs of renewables and these costs will continue to drop for years to come because large numbers of new factories for renewables are still being buit now, when the investment into those is paid off they will be producing extremely cheap solar panels and wind turbines. And like anon coward says, fossil fuels (and nuclear) are heavily subsidised. Fossil fuel companies always cherry pick the best sources of fuels, they will only get more expensive, particularly oil and gas once the best fracking sites start to dry up (frack wells are only productive for a year or two).

There may well be huge quantities of oil shale/sands but many of these require huge amounts of energy just to get the resources out, processed and shipped etc.

Comment Re:Build one (Score 1) 316

Fully agree, however building your own PC requires you to have some technical skill.

I don't agree, My sister built her 1st PC after I just emailed her a few tips, the important thing is compatibility - which you can simply get someone to check, or ask on yahoo answers etc.

Comment Re:China market (Score 1) 347

They are the world's worst polluter and only getting worse.

Actually their CO2 output has levelled off and is likely to start falling, no surprise that they are sick to the teeth of the air pollution from burning fossil fuels and have started to do something about it.

Comment Re: "Failed" push for renewables? (Score 4, Insightful) 347

Indeed, renewables hasn't failed what-so-ever, installations are growing exponentially whilst the costs of renewables are at the same time plummeting.

Over 50% of new electrical power generation installations are now renewables, pretty fkking bizarre to call that a failure!!!.

For example: Renewables = 84% of New Electricity Generation Capacity in 1st Quarter of 2015

Comment Re:Hydro = from the sun (Score 1) 194

1) all power is regional. Electricity needs to be consumed within a couple hundred miles from where it's produced.

Absolute nonsense, UK is currently putting down undersea cables from Scotland to Norway in order to use Norwegian pumped hydro - several hundred miles total, more than 500 miles round trip. A thousand mile lines are perfectly doable, more even if the electricity is cheap and you don't mind double digit percentage loses. We've also been considering purchasing electricity from Iceland which would require 600+ miles of under-sea cables.

Icelandic electricity: Power under the sea | The Economist

Britain's National Grid, the transmission operator for electricity and gas, likes the project, describing it as "Technically feasible...Politically achievable...Commercially viable".

Comment Re:Typical Liberal Thinking (Score 1) 109

"Coal is worse than gas no matter how you look at it."

Except for fracked gas which has a habit of leaking, and with methane being a far more potent greenhouse gas, natural gas can actually be worse.

Satellite image shows massive gas leaks on this page:
Life around New Mexico's gas wells: how fracking is turning the air foul | Environment | The Guardian

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