A sad state of affairs but what are peoples opinions on nationalising it?
I know it's an ideological point for Labour but does it have merit? Of course the saving of 5000 + 20000 jobs is a huge thing but it's likely to be the first of many public cash injections which are required along with the moving of decommission bills from private to public which could be upwards of 1bn.
The most astonishing fact I saw yesterday was that China had produced more steel in the last two years than Britain has produced in it's entire industrial history. That's insane if you think about how much was used since Victorian times.
I'm not sure it's even worth trying to compete with that economy of scale (and the numbers are even more in China's favour post 2014).
It’s interesting that some people are willing to believe anything that’s from an alternative source to the government or scientific norms without actually considering the source or motivations. The internet and forums such as ours are a sea of false equivalencies nowadays.
Sure, it's NYT article so they are likely to point to RT as one of the offenders but they also link to the science behind the myths. Unfortunately often that is just dismissed by those who want to take the contrary view and are distrusting of anything said by officials and point to historical events as evidence for contemporary misdemeanors.
I don't really understand why more funding isn't given to nuclear fusion research. It has the potential to produce all the power we will ever need without the drawbacks of nuclear fission yet the US spend only 500m USD a year on research - the equivalent of 1 stealth bomber. The EU spend a bit more but not by much. Sure it's a gamble but one that pays off hugely if they manage to get it working well.
It's been a growing issue for a while now with ever more people taking to bikes for their commute.
So having just been knocked off my bike by a clueless driver pulling out from a parked position (only cuts and bruises, not enough to stop me annoying you all on here) I got thinking about how cycling could be made safer.
Now obviously there is nothing that can be done about a driver not looking and pulling out into a stream of cyclists (perhaps raise awareness that they are on a cycling highway and they need to look more than once) but the dedicated cycle highways which are separated from the motorised traffic work well. Unfortunately our cities don't tend to have the space of some European cities where they have far more dedicated cycle routes.
So with more and more people cycling is there a solution or are cyclists just going to get knocked off occasionally?
I thought this looked great when it was first mooted but I guess it's not really that feasible:
I’d actually like to get an electric car, it would suit my length of journeys and work well. The huge issue is how to actually charge it?
“He said the department was in talks with the Treasury over a plan to subsidise car charging points in people's homes.”
For me this totally misses the point. It’s not the cost of a charging point (I think they are 500-800 GBP) it’s whether it’s actually workable. In many cities the majority of people aren’t like to have driveways so any charging point means running a cable across the path to their car. I have seen this but it’s full of issues.
What if someone trips on it? Who is liable? What if some idiot cuts it in the night? What if they steal it?
There needs to be much more effective thinking from the government on the issue of charging if they want to get anywhere near those targets. I think the will is there for many people but it’s pretty much unworkable in reality at the moment for a large number of people.
In some ways it's a shame that the Japanese stopped funding their hydrogen car research, that would have been easier to implement infrastructure wise.
I'm no better of course (probably far worse) but it does seem to show that people acknowledge that something needs to be done whilst not actually doing anything about it.
One good thing is that Boeing and Airbus are now seriously attempting to develop large electric aircraft. It's going to need companies like that to invest in order to make a difference because I'm not sure that as a public we will manage it.