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  2. 😉 Fair point in relation to the EU Dave., that's part of the issue, democracy is useless if it's concentrated at the top, giving power to the people to control their own lives, requires power (and responsibilty) being pushed downward; which was the intention of devolution, until it got usurped by the SNP; the economic imbalance between London and the S/East., and the rest of the Country can be redressed by Regional Governance, as practised in most modern democracies like Germany and Australia. But alas modernisation is an alien concept to those in power, who much prefer business as usual.
  3. The trouble with the Lords is that it is a manufactured tier of government which is added to as & when any government can decide in order to pass its Acts of Parliament. Perhaps if the unthinkable happens & Brexit is thwarted the establishment should think about slimming down Parliament by ditching the Lords & letting us be ruled whole heartedly by Brussels & with a reformed Commons of less MPs. We wouldn't need so much domestic government in a future indefinitely in serfdom to the EU.
  4. There are arguments for and against FPTP - that it supports the two party system and provides decisive governance, but that didn't seem to be the case with the last Parliament, where MPs were basically doing their own thing. So it seems FPTP can suffer the same problem as PR, where majorities are even more scarce. However, what does seem unfair is the numbers of votes required to get MPs into Parliament - If we take Scotland for example with a total population of around 5 million, it get to send around 45 MPs to Parliament; 2 million green voters get one MP and last time 4 million UKIP voter didn't get any. So if we get anything like a stable Government out of this election, perhaps they'll address the question of our democracy, constitution and political accountabilty - then again, perhaps not, as turkeys don't vote for Xmas. However, there are clearly ways that degree of fairness could be introduced and include elements of both FPTP and PR. The first and obvious target would be the unelected House of Lords, with around 8oo members placed there on the basis of party patronage, each claiming £300 per day for signing in. This could be reduced to a 100 seat Senate, elected by Party lists on the basis of percentage support at a G/Election - giving immediate PR to the revising chamber. In the Commons, do we really need 650 MPs, cost us around £8 million pa ? Surely this could be reduced to 300 by combining current constituencies (like Warrington North and South) into one . One would think, that the Boundary Commission would insist that the number of voters in each constituency would be as close to equal as possible. Also, there is currently a means of voters to re-call their MP, in cases of criminal activity, via local petitions. Perhaps this should include cases where they deliberately go against the mandate on which they were elected or change their Party when elected ?
  5. They are also in favour of free movement. There won't be much "green" left at the present rate of immigration.
  6. After all they believe in Green policies, not travelling and so on, although it is OK for Caroline Lucas to fly to the USA because she has a son over there. Karen La Borde, Green Party’s candidate for Camborne & Redruth, runs a Winter Sports Business that takes people heli skiing. Very environmentally friendly
  7. Any extensive infrastructure might prove expensive and impracticable Dave; planned fire breaks to section the risk might make situations more manageable and the building of water features (lakes) as part of the fire break system, which would also provide the fire fighters with a water source.
  8. In modern times it is surprising that these countries liable to forest fires have not come up with a water pipe & hydrant network to assist in the problem. They seem to have an idea which areas are vulnerable & the cost would be comparatively cheap. On the other hand ,however, scorched earth is one of nature's ways of stimulating new plant growth.
  9. Milky Converting a hundred 747s into water bombing takers that could be deployed at short notice to anywhere in the world might well cost a billion pounds, but that’s absolute peanuts compared to what’s spent globally trying to reduce CO2. The problem as I see it is that when it comes to firefighting services it’s all done at a local level where resources are limited, and the focus is wholly on protecting local people and their properties. The sheer scale of some of these fires makes them so dangerous that they become impossible to control so they’re just left to burn themselves out often taking months. One or two water bombing planes make for good telly viewing but on the big fires you might as well just pee on it for what good it does. But call in International rescue with a whole fleet of carpet-bombing planes and the major fires could be under control in no time, saving lives, properties and most importantly cutting out a major source of pollution. Bill
  10. I get your drift ,Bill. To be honest, if i go into town i generally use the bus.
  11. Your right, we don’t get owt for nowt so we all end up paying for cleaner air and a supply that doesn’t fail every few days. Nobodies being forced to but all electric cars (yet) but with all the major manufactures moving that way it won’t be long before we don’t have a choice. I’d like to think that the brunt of the cost will be born by the initial purchasers and that prices with volume production will fall for us peasants. I don’t think it works like that Davy because the amounts of panels you’d need would be crazy, not that we have that much sunshine anyway. On some cars, they do offer solar roofs which might help maintain the charge slightly but It’d take about a week to charge a flat battery in full sunshine. I’ve read the reviews and the consensus is that it’s more a gimmick that’s not worth anything like what they charge (pardon the pun) 😊 It’s not without it’s problems, especially when there’s several cars and no drive to park in but things will have to change. Have you been on the new market car park and seen the number of electric charging points? I’m more likely to become disabled before I change to electric so Warrington council might be more forward thinking than we give them credit for when they allocated so many disabled spaces. Bill
  12. One thing we can be sure of is the man or woman in the street will bear the generous cost of providing any facilities. Is there no scope for fitting solar panels on cars to provide their power, because not all houses are suitable to provide power points? I live in a terraced house & most neighbours still have 2 or 3 cars & many a time you can't park where you want to. It all sounds a great idea but how practical are electric cars really ?
  13. Whoops you did say heat pumps would eventually use an additional peak of 170GW which added to our none heat use, would probably take us to nearer 250/300GW. The additional load for the cars would be difficult to guess at but in theory they shouldn’t be using anything at peak times as at that point they would be feeding back into the grid. But however we play with the numbers, one thing looks certain and that’s by 2050 we’ll all be driving electric cars with 2,000GW of capacity available to the grid. This will happen whether we frack or not or build new nuclear stations. In answer to Sid's question, I think most electric car manufactures today offer to replace any battery that drops below 75% efficiency within 8/9 years. The actual replacement cost would be high, but a whole new industry is evolving to use the still good batteries for storing grid energy, so it’ll be a case of trading in rather than just replacing them. Over time, it’s probable that used batteries will feed in more power than the actual cars on the road. Bill 😊
  14. I give up. I told you the heating load was predicted by the protagonists to be a peak of 170GW, Ofgem says current maximum demand is approx. 62 GW. Cars are extra and I have no idea how much to add for them. However you say anyone can make up number and promptly do exactly that. We will eventually have to change as Gas runs out but doing it faster than necessary diverts money, including tax receipts, from other projects and services. Using renewables costs significantly more than nuclear or thermal systems because of the extra capacity needed to be installed to guarantee supply. When supporters compare costs of say solar they compare nameplate capacity when the Grid can only rely on 10% of that capacity so the correct comparison is ten lots of solar costed against one lot of spinning generation. Of course the poor will pay more in running costs. The stupid error in the BBC thinking on cars is that the 90% not on the move is not all spent tethered to mains points. The cost of reinforcing the grid to cope with the supply topology being the opposite to what it was designed for is very expensive. It could also be completely avoided by using nuclear.
  15. Well there are less undesirable people about in that pic for a start....
  16. So what is the average daily sunshine figures for that place compared to say the uk? How long does the battery last before it is past it's best for use? How much doe sit cost to replace the battery pack when it doe get past it's best? and what happens to the old batteries? No mention of any of that....🤔
  17. Tell that to the 8 or so, that are now dead.
  18. I think converting and maintaining the old planes would be far to expensive but I wonder why they do not use JCBs to create a fire wall? Although some fire are very remote.
  19. Why do anything, hide behind the sofa but risk is smal far more likely to die crossing the road to the hotel.
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  21. There’s not much you can do about volcanoes but from what I’ve read, 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from wildfires which is staggering. It’s not that surprising though when you consider how long these things can go on for and the primitive methods that we use to fight the fires. A couple of years back I was in Oregon amidst numerous forest fires. The smoke went on for hundreds of miles with people needing to wear smoke masks. Then we see news footage showing fire fighters hopelessly trying to beat down flames with paddles and getting nowhere. Much of the time the terrain was too difficult to work in, so the fires were simply left to burn. A couple of days later I was crossing the Mojave Desert and saw literally hundreds of perfectly good airliners from all over the world just sitting in mothballs and now I’m wondering why these couldn’t be used as some kind of international firefighting fleet. 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions .... hundreds of perfectly good airliners in mothballs.... Food for thought. Bill 😊
  22. The status quo is what it is now. If fracking’s allowed and prices fell dramatically as in the US, do you think it would only be used for increased security or would everyone want a piece of the action? Nobody’s being forced into installing solar panels or heat pumps. A few crazies might do it to save the planet, but the majority will be those who see it as a way of making or saving money and It’s the exactly the same thing with electric cars. So, in a way, the rich (albeit with government assistance) are the main ones currently paying for the changes but longer term we need to do something to help the less fortunate afford the high costs of home generated power and energy reduction. I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of businesses lining up cash in on government grants so one idea might be to create a nationalised industry to produce and install systems that people can afford. As for the electric cars, they will put more demand on the system but it’s going to be a gradual increase over many years so renewables and energy reduction must continue to match this growth. The good thing though is that given we already have feed-in technology, every additional car adds stability to our grid. Apparently, the average car only spends less than 10% moving and as far as I understand, the tech is intelligent enough know when it’s best to charge and when it’s best to feed back (sell) to the grid so we just have to hope the programmers get this bit right. The current UK peak demand is 75GW so with cars and heat pumps lets guess at a new peak of 200GW. This means that if only 1 in ten cars were connected, in theory we could turn off every power station in the country and still be ok. Here’s a link that shows how this could work. https://www.bbc.co.uk › news › science-environment-48530488 › the-sola... Bill 😊
  23. 3 boatloads of the Extinction Rebels are due to blockade the crater by Friday at the latest.
  24. To be bale to say to their friends that they have. Greta cannot say anything it is a natural occurrence, but no doubt caused by burning fossil fuels and global warming climate change.
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