Pet Peeves

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My main Pet Peeves are :-

1. The failing Nuclear Power industry :-

2. The very high-cost, high-risk-of-failure Carbon Capture and Storage drive :-

3. The onus being placed on ordinary citizens to Cut their own Carbon :-

4. The desperate need to adhere to a truly sustainable strategy for deploying Renewable Energy technologies :-

Why “pet peeves” ? Go on, admit it : we all have things that annoy us, and I think it’s good to be honest about it.

A list of my least favourite, frustrating things has to include :-

drivers opening car doors on cyclists
drivers revving their engines at 2am in my street
Police helicopters chut-chutting in a dive over my house at 2am (yes)
closed Post Offices
policy to close lots more Post Offices
telephone call centres
Internet banking
war propaganda
the continuing legality of warfare
car advertisements everywhere
television advertisements that are louder than the programmes
drivers who use their horns on pedestrians and cyclists
vacuum cleaner noise
casual littering
product packaging
building IKEA furniture
heavyhanded policing
office politics
form filling for fundraising
bullying in the workplace
bad science in the Media
speculative smear journalism
celebrity journalism
glossy magazines
the gender pay gap
child labour
violence against women
the religious control of women
Christian Creationists
Intelligent Design Christians and
Climate Change denial.

But perhaps the things that get me outraged the most are all to do with Energy, you know, that stuff on which we all depend for modern life.

I don’t like the way that Energy is controlled by a small group of large players who have propaganda budgets larger than some countries.

I don’t like the way that Energy policy is decided by a cabal of Energy companies and their favourite cabinet politicians and top ranking civil servants.

I don’t like the way that, even though we all know now that Fossil Fuels are a dying resource, Energy technology choices are still in the Fossil Fuel arena.

I do find some people in Alternative Energy hard to take : the Free Energy enthusiasts who don’t seem to understand the basic Laws of Physics; the Greens who object to Renewable Energy technologies; the do-it-yourselfers who don’t seem to realise that not everybody can hammer together a solar hot water panel.

But what really gets my goat are the Big Technologies being promoted that are so way off the mark :-

New Nuclear Power
Carbon Capture and Storage
Unconventional Oil
Methane Gas Hydrate mining
Geo-Engineering (to compensate for the Fossil Fuelled Global Warming)

And most of all, what really has been screaming and stamping is the absence of an over-arching strategy of how we are going to green up Energy in the timeframe allowed to avoid the onset of dangerous Climate Change.

Fingers out boys (and girls). Get moving !

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