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Is This The End of the Internal Combustion Engine?

Environmentalists are killing the planet, destroying the economy, and stealing your children’s future.

A bunch of rabid environmentalists have forced the British Government to announce that all petrol and diesel cars will be banned from the year 2040.  Nobody ever accused rabid environmentalists of being intelligent, or having any common sense.  Banning diesel and petrol cars, (or will it be all cars that have exhaust emissions?), has staggering implications that the officials, politicians, and environmentalists haven’t properly thought through.

In Sweden, Volvo has announced that from 2019 all of its new models will be either completely battery powered or hybrid vehicles.  There’s a couple of interesting points here.  Firstly this move will put a whopping premium on the price of all new Volvo’s.  And secondly, hybrid cars still have to have a petrol or diesel engine that will produce nasty polluting exhaust fumes.

Diesel exhausts are killing us all, allegedly.

Across Europe several major cities, (Paris, Madrid, Athens), say that diesel cars will be banned from entering their environs from 2025.  The Hell-Hole that is Mexico City has followed suit ~ ha!  The mayor of London, Mad Sadiq Khan, wants to ban Petrol and Diesel cars from London by 2050.

These headline grabbing moves will achieve absolutely nothing except to cost consumers and taxpayers trillions of Pounds / Euros / Dollars.  Banning diesel and petrol cars in the UK will impose vast costs on drivers for little environmental benefit.

There is no conceivable way that the British electricity generating and distribution systems will ever be able to provide enough power for all those battery powered cars, (and vans and busses, and trucks?).  Just where will all the extra power come from?  The back of an envelope estimate is that all these electric vehicles will add an extra 30 gigawatts to UK peak demand, and that means we would need 50% more generating capacity.  That’s equivalent to another half-dozen huge nuclear power plants like Hinkley Point, or another 20,000 wind turbines, (which only work some of the time).  I have no idea how many acres of solar collectors it would take to generate that amount of power, but they don’t work at night, which is when most people will be charging their electric vehicles.

The British Government says it will install a fast charging point every 20 miles on major roads ~ imagine how many holes in the road and road works delays that will mean.

The British Government are also considering slashing the maximum speed on our motorways to 60 mph, and what is that supposed to achieve except more fines from speeding tickets?

This all seems a bit rich considering that the whole man-made global warming agenda has been exposed as nothing more than a massive fraud.  The best estimate is that if all the trillions of dollars Obama proposed to spend on his Clean Power Plan to tackle non-existent man-made global warming was actually spent, then global temperatures would perhaps be reduced by 0.057 degrees Fahrenheit ~ one five-hundredth of a degree.

Climate change is a normal, natural, and perpetual process which occurs, and has always occurred, with sublime indifference to man’s puny input.  ~  James Delingpole.

There are a few inconvenient truths that politicians and environmentalists would rather the public didn’t wake up to;

  • Man-made global warming / catastrophic anthropogenic climate change doesn’t actually exist in any meaningful form ~it’s nothing but a fraud, a massive scam designed to give politicians back control over an increasingly independent populace.
  • There is no such thing as completely clean power.  Green Energy produces nastier and longer term environmental pollution than does burning fossil fuels.  Nuclear Energy is a case in point, look at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima.  Wind turbines have a massively negative impact on the environment, are bad for wildlife, and a blot on the landscape.  All batteries are inherently polluting, expensive, and dangerous.
  • Switching to electric-powered private transport will require at least a 50% increase in electricity generating capacity in any country that tries it.
  • A vast investment in an infrastructure of new charging points to support all these new electric vehicles will be needed.
  • Electric vehicles cost a hell of a lot more than an exactly equivalent bike / car / van / truck / bus powered by an internal combustion engine.
  • Electric vehicles are less capable, and have a shorter life-span, (about 5 years), before major maintenance is required, (new batteries), than do ‘conventional’ cars, trucks, and busses.
  • There aren’t enough qualified mechanics to maintain the huge increase in the number of electric vehicles the politicians propose.
  • Disposing of all of the ‘dead’ batteries will require a huge investment in a recycling technology that, as yet, doesn’t actually exist.
  • The value of used vehicles powered by petrol and diesel engines will plummet, destroying the economies of the developed world.  There is a vast investment in lending to finance vehicle purchases.
  • Internal combustion engines don’t have to run on either petrol or diesel fuel.  Is a ban on ethanol / methanol / vegetable oil / propane / butane fuelled vehicles also proposed?
  • Are politicians also proposing to ban aircraft / railway engines / ships / electricity generators powered by fossil fuels ~ otherwise what’s the point?
  • If Politicians think the backlash against Hillary Clinton was an isolated aberration, they’ve got a big surprise in store after all this banning cars crap.

In my life I’ve seen some insane ideas put forward by politicians at the behest of special interest groups, but a total ban on the internal combustion engine running on fossil fuels has got to be maddest thing I’ve ever heard.  But then, politicians, special interest groups, and bureaucrats have never been known for putting much thought into anything.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.  ~  Henry Ford

At least I have the personal benefit of being able to totally and completely ignore all this banning petrol and diesel fuelled cars crap.  Not only that, because I live in a democracy I can cast my vote in ways designed to discomfort the current crop of lightweight, insane, political pygmies.  (And that’s an insult to pygmies and the mentally ill.)

Meanwhile, the Lotus 7 is 60 years old this year.  Now that’s a great car.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Powerful People Never Pay Taxes

Breaking News Shock Horror!!!!!

It seems the Rich and Powerful use tax havens to avoid paying their fair share.

Well, there’s a bloody surprise.  Who could have guessed it?  You could knock me down with a feather.

We don’t pay taxes.  Only the little people pay taxes.  ~  Leona Helmsley (from 1989)

Wall_StreetI worked in Banking and Financial Engineering all of my ‘official’ career, and I’ve known this ever since I could tell which side of a cheque was the front.  Any Banker worth his salt knows that the rich and powerful don’t actually pay taxes.  The British Chancellor of the Exchequer knew this, so did the US Secretary of the Treasury, and the Minister of Finance in France, and everyone else with more intelligence than a demented gerbil.  Even dimwit David Cameron’s father knew all about international tax avoidance.

These people have to pretend surprise now that the whole Panama Papers thing has hit the news.  (For some of these people the brown stuff has really hit the fan ~ because their roles in all of this will now be in the limelight.)

There are a few basic techniques, (conjuring tricks), towards not paying taxes;

  • Your companies are ‘officially’ based in and report through a low-taxation regime; Dublin Docks, the Irish-Dutch Sandwich, Lichtenstein, one of the obscure Caribbean nations, & etc, & etc….
  • You ‘officially’ reside in a low taxation regime, Switzerland is nice, Monaco even more so.
  • You don’t actually make any money.  Trust me, it’s ridiculously easy to not make any money.
  • P1040229You don’t own anything except your companies.  Everything you buy is on the company, everything you use is on the company, the company owns all of your homes, your private jet, your yacht, your cars…
  • Your companies ‘officially’ make losses.
  • You don’t employ anyone.  Your lawyers, accountants, butlers, drivers, maids, pilots, yacht captain, mistresses, hookers, are all employed by the companies you control.  Your company even pays the bill when you eat at a fancy restaurant.
  • All direct taxes, sales tax, value added tax, are reclaimed through the companies you control.
  • Get ‘slightly criminal’ and invest in bearer shares and bearer bonds.
  • Choose your banks very carefully, HSBC has a global reach and is really good at this stuff, (as well as money laundering if you require that service).

It would be boring to go on and on, but you get the basic idea.

Various top people in various governments are making a big show of trying to put a stop to all these scams.  Don’t hold your breath.  The efforts to make global finance more transparent are more up-front show than Las Vegas.

Alternative Power SourcesYou know what?  It’s actually worse than that.  If you are rich enough, and powerful enough, various governments will fall over themselves to give you a shed-load of money.  Put up a few ugly wind turbines, invest in a lot of solar power, plant some trees, buy the British steel industry…  The list of things for which your government will make the rich even richer is long, wide, and detailed.  Read some of it and weep.

Woman-taking-off-weddingThere is a slightly brighter spot on the horizon.  Rich and powerful men just can’t stop getting married to gorgeous, scheming, avaricious women.  When the marriage breaks up, then their ex will take them for all she can get ~ and the divorce lawyers will be rubbing their hands with glee.  Serves the evil bastards right.

There is one brutal truth you need to remember; The Rich get Richer, and you get ground into the shit.  Meanwhile the old-age pensioner has to choose between heating her home and buying enough to eat.

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More Wind Farm Stupidity

There’s a part of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank.  It’s around 80 miles off the coast of North Yorkshire.  And, it’s there that the green obsessed British Government is planning to subsidise the building and operation of the world’s biggest wind farm.

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The plan is for 400 huge wind turbines, each 600 feet tall, (Britain currently hosts 1200 wind turbines of all sizes), covering an area of 430 square miles, at an estimated construction cost of £8 billion.  Over the first 15 years the consortium responsible for these things can expect to receive £10.5 billion, ($16.25 billion), in taxpayer funded subsidies.  If my arithmetic is correct, that works out at a staggering £12,963.oo cost to each and every English household, (on average).

Dr John Constable, Director of the Renewable Energy Foundation, said the size of the project is so big that it could alter the shape of the entire British economy.  Yes, the project might create 4,750 jobs, but each job will cost the taxpayer £147,368 in subsidies, every single damn year.

I worked in banking for 30 years, and if anyone had come to me with a proposal based on this kind of Marx Brothers economics I would have had my secretary show them out the door.

But then you wouldn’t expect idiot politicians such as Energy Secretary Ed Davey to have any grasp of Huhnerealworld economics, or even any common sense.  (The best you can say about Davey is that he isn’t as bad as his predecessor, the criminal, lying, philandering Huhne.)

I despair, I really do.

 

 

words and pictures by jack collier

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Green Energy Kills The Elderly

As an Arctic blast sweeps across Britain, Age UK have warned that almost a million elderly people are at risk from the bitter cold as they cannot afford to heat their homes.  Older people need longer to warm up.  Their blood thickens and that increases blood pressure.  Breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.  Cold can kill the elderly in a myriad of ways.old personMedical advice says that the ideal temperature is 64F (18C) in the bedroom, and 70F (21C) in the living room.  Not everyone can afford to keep their thermostat that high.  In an average winter, one old person dies every 7 minutes in Britain from the cold.  That is 24,000 elderly people dying from cold every winter.  This scandal is the direct result of the ‘political elite’s’ obsession with carbon reduction / renewable energy.

The most cost effective way to provide electricity to British homes and industries is to burn coal in large power stations, such as Drax.  The math is complicated and subject to manipulation by statisticians, but any calculation you want to make into the comparative cost of electricity shows that coal-fired power stations are the least expensive way to make electrical power.  Every other method of electricity generation costs at least twice as much as burning coal.

This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish.  Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time. ~ Aneurin Bevan

Our supine politicians, in thrall to the Green Lobby and the European Union, have squandered Great Britain’s natural advantages in these key resources.  As it goes, Great Britain’s offshore resources are not limited to fish.  Offshore coal reserves are estimated to be some 23 trillion tonnes.  Given that the UK currently burns about 65 million tonnes of coal a year, (world coal statistics), we have 3,500 years worth of coal reserves at the current rate of consumption.

Wind_turbinesHowever, instead of exploiting these vast on-shore and off-shore coal reserves, our halfwit officialdom insists on installing useless, expensive, on-shore and off-shore wind farms.  This method of power generation is only possible / profitable in Great Britain because of compulsion and bribery, (subsidies).

British electricity suppliers are required by law to provide a proportion of their sales from renewable resources such as wind power.  Subsidies paid to wind-farm developers currently run at some £1.2 billion a year in the UK.  This is in addition to the grants paid to the manufacturers and developers of wind-powered electricity generation systems.  All of these grants and subsidies come from the pockets of hard-pressed taxpayers and consumers.

HuhneElectricity supplied to Great Britain’s elderly costs more than double what it should, as a direct result of meddling by successive Energy Ministers, (Principal Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change).  The current incumbent is the hapless Ed Davey, who replaced the criminal, lying, adulterer Chris Huhne.

Despite everything that global warming alarmists say to the contrary, there is no evidence that the Earth is warming up.  There is also no hard evidence to support the existence of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change.

It seems that the elderly can be damned to die from the cold, as long as successive useless politicians and their vampiric staff can continue to travel to the world’s beautiful places to attend United Nations conferences on climate change.  Residents of the USA shouldn’t think themselves lucky.  Your president is at least as loopy about climate change as is our very own Ed Miliband.

Not all politicians are lying, adulterous criminals.

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