'Energy Island'

"You might think a steady supply of wind is all you would ever need to spin some turbines and start producing renewable energy, but the reality is more complex..."

"A site on Anglesey would be "helping the UK reach net zero, supporting the government's levelling up agenda and turbocharging the UK's domestic nuclear supply chain capability, setting it on a path to deliver and export future clean energy solutions", the firm added.  The UK government remains committed to building large-scale nuclear power plants, which it sees as central to decarbonising the energy supply.

It is expected to publish a 10-point plan next week to meet a target of net zero emissions in the UK by 2050. Six previous nuclear sites had been identified as locations for new plants to be built."

"Despite the UK government's commitment to large scale nuclear power plants, the cost of construction has raised concerns for investors. It had held a public consultation on bills for energy payers being increased to help cover the costs of building new nuclear power stations, but nothing concrete followed.  Other financial support has been made available by the UK government for the nuclear industry."

""Anglesey desperately needs skilled employment which is why I have championed Wylfa Newydd and Anglesey as 'Energy Island' at every opportunity, and I am working with all levels of local and national partners to make it happen," she said."There are many other innovative projects on Anglesey that have the potential to offer skilled employment and I am keen to encourage young people to stay on the island and invest in their community.""


"A High Court judge in Manchester said managing the largest group claim in English legal history would be like "trying to build a house of cards in a wind tunnel" and ruled the case was an "abuse of the process of the court"...  "The case is the latest battle to establish whether multinationals can be held liable for the conduct of subsidiaries abroad."





"As well as the potential to create 6,000 jobs by 2025, the nuclear power plant plans could deliver a further 34,000 roles in 15 years, most of which would be high value manufacturing jobs.  The consortium - which also includes National Nuclear Laboratory and the construction company Laing O'Rourke - said it is hoping to get a "clear commitment" from the government for the flat-packed power station project.

The government handed the Rolls-Royce-led coalition £18m last year to design the small modular reactors (SMR). The consortium matched the funding and is now looking to secure a further £217m, which would also be matched by industry.  Tom Samson, interim chief executive of the consortium, said: "This creates a unique opportunity to revitalise the UK's industrial base and paves the way for the future commercialisation of advanced reactor solutions, including fusion technology.

"Our ambition to accelerate the deployment of a fleet these power stations across the UK will contribute massively to the 'levelling up' agenda, creating sustainable high value manufacturing jobs in those areas most in need of economic activity."  He added: "The fleet approach will bring huge value to the communities of which these power stations will be a part, with economic activity spanning 60 years of operations.""






Iron Awe

"FMG has committed over $1 billion to its Fortescue Future Industries business, which aims to build 235 GW of renewable energy generation capacity for use in green hydrogen, ammonia and metals production.  As one of Australia’s largest iron ore producers, Fortescue is heavily exposed to the emissions-intensive steelmaking industry.  In fact the 241 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2-e) generated when FMG’s iron ore was processed into steel in the last year is almost half as large as Australia’s total national emissions in 2019.  These downstream emissions, known as scope 3 emissions, represent FMG’s major contribution to climate change, and the company’s greatest exposure to climate change risk.

While few details were provided, the announcement suggests a positive strategic shift for the company. Today’s green industry announcement recognises the need to decarbonise the steelmaking industry in order to protect FMG’s iron ore revenue stream in a world rapidly moving to meet its climate commitments. However, without any details, targets or timelines attached to those plans shareholders remain concerned about exactly how Fortescue plans to manage its transitional climate risk exposure."

Sadly, the company failed to respond to a number of questions submitted on this topic.


"It would require a much longer article to explain all the differences, but the essence of the legal split between England and America is that if you write something defamatory in London, the burden is on you to prove it is true.

In America, the defamed person has to prove it isn't true, a very different task. It sounds a slender legal nicety but it can make all the difference.

England and Wales's libel law was tightened in 2013, but it is still one of the best places in the world for the rich (and it is a rich person's game) to take on the media. If you want to win a libel case and you have a choice about where to bring it, lawyers will suggest buying a ticket to Heathrow.

And if you want to understand how big an issue this was for Depp's reputation, look at what he was trading. He lived in a world of security guards and private planes. Going to court blew it apart."


'Foul or Fragrant'

"It fell to planning committee chairman Councillor Peter Sowray to use his casting vote to approve the scheme close to the villages of Womersley, Whitley, Great Heck and Cridling Stubbs, which aims to provide pulverised ash waste originally from Ferrybridge and Eggborough power stations for use in the construction industry.

The decision came as the council is arguing it should become England’s largest unitary authority by area, dismissing claims that it would be unable to focus on local issues."


"As was pointed out during the meeting, even where expressions of support had been received, these were mainly from overseas or far flung parts of the UK. None were from local firms – indeed there is only one firm locally that uses the material in question."

"“The chair’s rationale for rejecting a deferral was that he didn’t want to have to hear all the arguments again before making a decision and his rationale for approving was that it would have to be in someone’s backyard, so it might as well be here.”"



10 steps forward, 10 steps back?




Budget Mince Pies...

“At the very least, achieving any date close to this ambitious goal – and reaching Mars in the 2030s – will require strong, consistent, sustained leadership from the president, Congress, and Nasa, as well as stable and timely funding.”




'Walking the Walk'

"The prime minister’s pledge to ban gas boilers from new homes by 2023 has been withdrawn.

The promise first appeared on the Downing Street website this week attached to Mr Johnson’s climate plan.

But the date was later amended, with the PM’s office claiming a “mix-up”."



Rugged capabilities...


"Ratcliffe, a prominent supporter of the campaign to leave the EU, initially planned on making the Grenadier in the UK...

"Mark Tennant, commercial director at Ineos Automotive, said that internal combustion engines remained the best option for the Grenadier to handle “rough, tough jobs”, but that hydrogen fuel cells were part of the longer term plan.

“You need something that will give good range and will be fairly autonomous in the sense of travelling into the hinterlands of Africa or Australia,” he said.

Promoting a hydrogen supply chain could also benefit Ineos’s existing chemicals business, which already produces 300,000 tonnes of hydrogen a year."

"At least I could gloat in the self-righteousness of actually walking the walk, but, after researching online, if we go again, I’m going to be sat in that “unimog” vehicle on a Spurn Point Safari."



"For more information go to www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/project/circulareconomy/ "


"who is responsible for mud on the road"?






Flat Pack Democracy...


Keep Busy.

Pop Up Politics

"If we are going to get to net zero, it is absolutely vital that the private sector is taken with us. It will provide the cash and capital to invest in new processes and new techniques. We know for an absolute fact that the private sector is much better at allocating capital than the public sector. Investment will contribute towards innovation, and the solutions to climate change are about innovation. The more innovation and the more competitive free markets we have, the more our consumers get a better deal at a better price.

We are seeing some interventions from shareholders in banks, who are saying, “We do not want you to invest in these kinds of industries anymore.” Shareholder action groups will get increasingly vociferous, which could be to the detriment of small and medium-sized enterprises, and even bigger companies.

This is not just about SMEs: bigger companies will remember that last year, there were some protests by actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company ​regarding BP’s sponsorship of that organisation, which led to a parting of the ways between the RSC and its sponsor. That is despite the fact that BP is working within our overall regulatory framework, and will be incredibly important in the future in making the investment we need to move from a dependence on fossil fuels to a greater dependence on renewable energy."


tis like Double Jeopardy innit :

""It is vital, I agree, that we preserve that peat. “The North Yorkshire Moors are not, in the main, blanket bogs. "They are dry heathland peat, and different ways of management need to be conducted on different types of moorland.

“It is also vital that we preserve these fragile habitats, and if we are to preserve them, they do need managing.

“I must make the point that the North Yorkshire moors are not a natural environment.

"They are a fragile environment. "In the middle ages, the moors were covered in trees, which were cut down for fuel and used to smelt the iron stone found under those moors.

"Only in the Victorian era did management systems come in that encouraged sheep farming and grouse.

“That involved cool burning the heather in the winter period when the fire was unlikely to get into the peat itself.

"That involves burning small patches of the moorland to create a patchwork of different stages of heather, some of it very tender and young.

“It is the tender, young heather that the sheep and grouse can feed on.  "The old, woody heather is no good for the grouse and is certainly no good for sheep.

"It is also no good, by the way, for ground-nesting birds such as the golden plover, the lapwing and the curlew.”

Mr Goodwill says moors that are not managed, such as Troutsdale Moor, risk becoming scrubland or victims of wildfires. “I say to the Minister that we need more science before we make any decisions. The science is unfolding.

“We also need to understand that some people are against the burning of moorland because they are against grouse shooting.

"That is a perfectly respectable position to have, but they should not use it to destroy the very fragile environment of the North Yorkshire Moors.

“If we do not have a managed moorland, we will have no grouse, no sheep, no lapwings, no curlews and no birds of prey.”"


One of them knows what they are talking about.


"Ineos, which started with a buyout of BP’s chemicals business in 1992, has grown to an annual turnover of $60bn. In 2005 Ineos did another deal with BP, paying $9bn for Innovene, a subsidiary that at that point comprised the majority of the oil company’s chemicals assets and two refineries.

Ineos said the petrochemicals deal was “a good fit” with its existing businesses, including rejoining two parts of a site in Hull and expanding the company’s operations in Geel, Belgium. It will include the transfer of facilities in the US, UK and Belgium, as well as the Asian growth markets of China, Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia. In 2019 the businesses produced 9.7m tonnes of petrochemicals."


"No, the peacocking bloke on a Bird e-scooter is more insidious. He is zippy and superior; he has all the gear and an inflated idea of his own status."


"... But these guys are more J P Morgan than Monzo even, and the role is firmly ­middle management."



Roseberry Topping

"“It’s time to tell the politicians who prop up this way of living: no more. We want an economy that grows health and wellbeing, not debt and carbon emissions. An economy that prepares and protects us from shocks to come, rather than making them worse. An economy that shares resources to meet all our needs, regardless of background. An economy that lets us live.”"



Now that's what I call a marketing campaign ... ;-)


"The formation often reminds people of the pyramidal peak of the Matterhorn in the Alps, one of Europe's highest mountains.

It is certainly a distinctive landmark, with thousands of walkers drawn to climb it each year. But at 1,050ft high, it is much smaller than many of Britain's mountains, its statue standing less than a third of the height England's highest peak, Scafell Pike.

What it lacks in size though, it makes up for in charm, not least with its legends.

One tale goes that Prince Oswy, the son of King Oswald of Northumbria, drowned there. Legend says it was foretold that the Prince, the son of King Oswald, would die by drowning so his mother took him to the summit of Roseberry Topping to try to keep him safe. But he wandered off and fell into a spring after she fell asleep."


Oh.... as a matter of interest :



They don't hang about do they  ... offers are open until 30th November...

Culture Vultures.

"For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions."

Cover Field

"“Politics does not reflect majorities, it constructs them.”"


"North Yorkshire County Council’s Richmond constituency committee heard there was a high level of anxiety among many residents of Coverdale due to the authority’s failure to explain what the Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) pilot project would entail.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 5G testbed and trials initiative aims to bring 4G mobile connectivity and ultra-fast broadband to the area where mobile phone coverage is almost non-existent."



"This is what happens when Highschool Music Bands try meth."

"Abba is not a rock band"

""I think the community of Flamborough is speaking loudly.

“In the last 10 years most of the expansion of tourism beds has been on Flamborough Head..."

"“We made the point that because North Yorkshire is such a large area and doesn’t have as much travel between boroughs, it should be looked at in terms of each district,” said Mr Goodwill."


"Solenis at Low Moor, Cleckheaton will carry out a test-sounding of its off-site emergency siren at 10am and at 8pm on Thursday December 3.

The siren, which produces a sound of increasing and decreasing pitch, will operate for one minute on each occasion, a spokesman for the site confirmed."




"There is no need for members of the public, who hear the siren, to take any action."


Deep in thought...


"Nuclear fusion replicates the intense atomic reactions that power the sun and uses a hydrogen isotope found in seawater as fuel. It cannot produce a runaway chain reaction like conventional nuclear fission, which involves splitting atoms rather than fusing them together. The level of radioactive waste is also far lower. No exclusion zone will be needed around the site, officials said."


"Communities in the UK are being asked to bid to host a prototype nuclear fusion power plant, which a government-backed programme plans to build by 2040.

The site does not need to be near existing nuclear power stations but will need 100 hectares of land and a plentiful water supply. Ministers say the project would bring thousands of skilled jobs and be part of its planned “green industrial revolution” to tackle the climate crisis."

Baldrick !!!

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Portcullis & the Diatomacious


"The energy firm had been looking to conduct the 3D survey on the Resolution - first discovered in 1966 - and Endeavour gasfields in the first quarter of this year, but said it needed more time to "conclude agreements with commercial and other stakeholders in the area"...

Around 60 fishermen, from Scarborough and Whitby mainly, had been involved in negotiations with Shell about removing their crabpots, which would otherwise get caught up in the 2km-long cables dragged by the survey ship."

"Shell claims seismic surveys are a “low impact” method to gather information about the geology under the seabed, using an acoustic signal that is generated on the ship and picked up by sensors towed behind the vessel as the signal bounces back off the rocks.

Shell, which has a 70 per cent interest in the exploration licences, and is the operator, denies claims by the group that fracking would be used.

If they decide to go ahead following a future survey - now likely to be in 2022 - gas would eventually come ashore at Teeside where it would be used to power homes and businesses and also to generate electricity."



"He also says it's really important that we all take our permitted once a day opportunity, to get out for a walk."

Know Your Gnomes.

Iguana on a firefighter's head



"A mature iguana can weigh as much as 15lbs (6.8kg) and the reptiles can be difficult to handle as they have razor-sharp teeth, claws and a lashing tail"


'Significantly Misleading'

"ON January 22, the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will pass into international law."

"This is an important public debate to have...


"At the start of the year, Young, an associate editor at The Spectator and general secretary of the Free Speech Union, installed an app that auto-deletes tweets more than a week old.

He said he did so to protect against "politically-motivated offence archaeologists" - a move unrelated to the Ipso ruling."


"why do Ministers always wait so long before deciding to deploy them to perform these vital duties?"



Medieval, Moi? 


"... the National Park Authority has reminded potential visitors that this should be interpreted as being from your own doorstep and that driving into other areas for walks and picnics is not allowed."

The Unimpressed.

"Is Scarborough the new Northbridge? Calls for police to ramp up patrols as fights plague beachside strip"