Tuesday, July 15, 2008

After you over the parapet, Capt. Blackadder.

I'm ducking this one. It is in the Guardian, so if you wade in, good luck; a few replies kinda prove the premise of the main post:)

Greens are the enemies of liberty

Sorry to see a few sources I use in there. But that's the beauty of freedom of speech. They can say it. But what seems less optimal is there are some still seem to feel others cannot.

Been here before. Not by car any more, though.

The low-carbon road out of poverty

The sooner some figure that many live outside of well-served urban centres the better. And many of those don't work near where they have to work or when such systems as do operate.

My Mum's carer is being hit hard trying to get around 10+ clients in a day round the county, and doesn't get her miles covered by taxpayer (but those already ill-positioned to help her with the rate hike will... or the tax-payer) as do our political or LA or quango classes, and using a bus or hitching a ride from a passing lifshare is not quite going to meet the flexibility or shift criteria.

So whacking her for her car choice a decade ago, plus her total lack of choice in operational cost ain't going to cut it alone.

Sorry if that doesn't gel with the bike (or taxi if it's raining) brigade in Islington or Prius types being chauffered from Westminster, but a bit more joined up national thinking might be needed to address the problems being faced without just looking like acting whilst actually crippling those trying to keep up with one knee jerk after the next.

In fact, this whole thing is shaping up as a pretty elitist, city-centric, nice-if-you-can-afford it number for the establishment brigade to wring their hands over whilst crushing those they purport to represent and/or have sympathy for, whilst just doing what they can afford to do on the backs of those who cannot.

Nature's Bounty

Just watching the news about the Chinese clear up of the sailing venue.

10,000 troops cleared vast swathes of green algae clogging the shoreline and, it appears, it all has ended up in landfill.

Meanwhile, this weekend I attacked our little 1/2 acre of garden, which frankly has ended up as a jungle thanks to the combo of sun and rain. Amazing little green factories using solar energy (even through clouds) to make carbon-based materials.

And I will be trotting off with a large trolley full to the tip next weekend.

I merely ask, but I don't know, but might there not be some value in looking at efficient ways of gathering this material and getting it to places where it can be used to generate heat and resources? Maybe it does already, but if not it seems a pity that essentially my garden, if used only for compost, is mainly emitting co2 with little to show.