Friday, March 23, 2007

Carnival of the Batshit #5

In my last post, I pointed out that Batshit is not really interested in the Food or Rural Affairs part of his job, only in the Environment part of it.
No, neither animals nor people's livelihoods bother Batshit one iota: he's too busy flying around—spending taxpayers' money to "offset" his carbon footprint—and devising fresh excuses to raise more taxes and attempting to put binding constraints on the following government.

One of the main things that I object to about Batshit—apart from the fact that his mouth writhes across his face in the most sinister manner, like some kind of loathesomely crippled newt—is that he is so fucking useless at the only aspect of the job in which he shows any interest at all.

Batshit's approach is constantly one of negativity: he consistently maintains that we are destroying the planet and that catastrophic warning will lay waste to our civilisation. And yet CO2 in the atmosphere has been higher than it is now; indeed, it has been considerably warmer than it is now and the human race—which in the Mediaeval Warm Period, for instance, was considerably less advanced than now—inconveniently failed to be decimated.

But in Miliband's eyes, the only thing that can possibly be done is to curtail energy use, to tax people for "undesirable" behaviour and to introduce ID Cards by the back door by calling them Personal Carbon Point Cards.

Not once have we heard anything positive from this creepy little harbinger of doom: why? Quite simply because he is ignorant of the alternatives which is absolutely fucking unforgiveable.

I have pointed all of this out before but, being a Devil who has faith that man's infinite ingenuity will save us, I thought that I would remind my dear readers of all of those positive ideas that are being pushed forward even as you read this.
  • Wave Generation
    Far more reliable than wind or solar power, there has been a wave energy generator connected to the National Grid since 2000. Batshit shamelessly admitted his ignorance of any aspect of this form of power generation, which is so suited to our island nation.
    Where is the announcement of this very positive development on Batshit's blog?

  • Zinc Oxide Solar Oven Powerstations
    I covered these a long time ago, and they just might be a really very viable method of energy generation: here are the details of how they work. A prototype 300kW plant was built and successfully piloted in June 2005.

    Of course, we can guess at the reason why Batshit would not be over this technology, even if he bothered to find out about it: it is developed by Swiss companies (not in the EU) and piloted in Israel (not in the EU) which would make a mockery of all of Batshit's oh-so-important meetings in Brussels.

    Even so, where is the announcement of this very positive development on Batshit's blog?

  • The Hydrogen Economy
    There are any number of projects devoted to this concept (roughly speaking, the only by-product of burning hydrogen is water), but a number of notable ones are highlighted by Tim Worstall.
    From where I sit, running a company that deals with scandium and its salts, I can see a huge effort and investment in alternative energy production technologies. Solar cells can now be constructed that are 30% efficient, there are people absolutely certain that roofs can be made of titanium oxide based plates that will separate water into H and O using only the sun. That latter technology, if 10% efficient, would allow the roofs of US housing to produce sufficient H to power fuel cells to provide heat, cooling and electricity to those same US houses. The researchers insist that 15% efficiency is currently 5 years away...
    ...
    I talk to the guys in this programme on an occasional basis as one of the options (the most efficient, I am glad to say) in the manufacturing of such solid oxide fuel cells is to use scandium oxide as part of the electrolyte. Indeed, we actually contributed to the research at St Andrews that shows the very best mixture of dopants for stabilised zirconia used, and have helped spread the word.

    Where are the announcements of these very positive developments on Batshit's blog?
  • Nuclear Fusion
    The Holy Grail of power generation has moved considerably closer, thanks to Dr Robert Bussard, as Strange Stuff pointed out. [Emphasis mine.]
    Dr Robert Bussard has been awarded the Outstanding Technology of the Year award for is new type of Fusor, a type of simple cheap fusion reactor originally invented by Philo T. Farnsworth in the 1960's. His modifications have removed a major power drain and could well lead to a commercially [sic] generator within a decade, much sooner than Tokomacs such as Iter will be able to do.

    Indeed, if you follow the links in my post to the various bits of the story, you will find that the news here is even better.
    So fusion would be safe, and there is no radioactive waste as there is with fission. But the most compelling promise of fusion is in the fuel itself: fusion is produced from an isotope of hydrogen called deuterium, which exists in the Earth's oceans in sufficient abundance to supply the planet's energy needs for hundreds of millions of years - until long after the Sun itself has flamed out.

    Quite. And so, once again, we are forced to ask the question: where is the announcement of this very positive development on Batshit's blog?

Why has David Miliband so consistantly focused on the puritanical aspect of the hydrocarbon problem? Why has he not announced any of these exciting developments on his blog? I mean, you would think that maybe—just maybe—the news of a massive leap in the viability of nuclear fusion might have made it: it only happened in December 2006, for fuck's sake.

There really are only two alternatives.
  1. Batshit is utterly ignorant of any of these developments. In which case he should get himself up to speed or resign.

  2. Batshit does know about them, but has deliberately suppressed any news of them for political gain. In which case he should resign for being a shifty, devious and deceitful little shit.

Well, Davey-Boy, which is it? It's the Polly Conundrum: are you a facile fool or a devious liar Personally, I hold the man in such utter contempt that I am unable to decide between the two options.

Either way, Batshit is not fit to hold public office and should be impaled and his burning, limp, rag-doll body carried around the streets of London whilst people throw turds at his twitching, CO2-emitting form.

7 comments:

Roger Thornhill said...

Thanks for spreading this excellent news on fusion.

This is why I have no trust in the Green Religion of Unthought, as they totally ignore such advances, or even the use of new Nuclear Power Stations.

Miliband wants a "Carbon Credit Card", i.e. he wants to know everything we buy. When, where, how much and from whom.

Dr Bussard's lecuture at Google (available on their video site) is magnificent. At 80+ he gives 90 mins straight of deep theory and results standing up.

Projected full scale PoC cost: USD100m.

Budget for "renewables" (i.e. funding someone so they can lash a beach windmill to their chimney so it can be yanked down through their roof months later): £250m

Neal Asher said...

I do love it when people wank on about a hydrogen economy because the only by-product is water. 95% of global warming is caused by water vapour.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Neal,

Leaving aside that 95% is about the highest estimate, where do you think that the hydrogen comes from in the first place?

In most viable cases, it has to be from the electrolysis of water, so there is no net increase in atmospheric water vapour.

DK

Pogo said...

so there is no net increase in atmospheric water vapour.

... and even if there is, it's very temporary as it's quickly removed as rain! :-)

What's Batshit's educational background? Is he the standard "Politics" or Law graduate that seems so depressingly prevalent in and around the "levers of power"? If so, it's no wonder he's not waxing lyrical about nuclear fusion - he probably doesn't know that it's any different from fission!

And as for Zinc Oxide..! Jeez! It's got chemicals in it... It must be damaging!!!

Anonymous said...

Why has he not announced any of these exciting developments on his blog?

Because saying "don't panic, technological solutions will solve the problem" is associated with being on the skeptic side of the argument. cf Mr Bush.

Prodicus said...

Why has David Miliband so consistantly focused on the puritanical aspect of the hydrocarbon problem?

There's no joy for a marxoid control-freak in the practical solving of real-world problems by private sector innovators whose proper function, of course, is to just stand there and take the blame for the state sector's cock-ups and to be fleeced blind to pay for same.

The Batshits of this world would much rather spend their energies preaching and instructing those they consider their intellectual inferiors (that's you and me) about, well, everything, pretty much. Oh, and taxing things. Oh, and lying to voters. Oh, and poncing around on red carpets making themselves feel as though they had some real purpose in life apart from self-promotion.

Engineer-Poet said...

"Batshit does know about them, but has deliberately suppressed any news of them for political gain. In which case he should resign for being a shifty, devious and deceitful little shit."

Sounds much like GWB, except that his crimes go so much further.

If the Republicans wanted to guarantee a win in 2008, all they'd have to do is tell GWB to resign and have Cheney appoint their choice of successor (they have a couple reasonable ones), or they'll hand up articles of impeachment and do it the hard way.  But they won't, and public anger with the party will grow.