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  1. Well put, and a very important point. Whatever else happens, I hope we can avoid a return to the '70s and 80's civil war.
  2. Thank you for your comments. Knocking down and rebuilding isn't an option, but I agree with the need to plan the insulation work completely before starting. The work will be carried out in stages over the next few years. I don't expect to halve my already low energy bills, but I am hoping that I will be able to use all the house all the time. This afternoon, the South-facing rooms were unbearably hot, so there needs to be provision for shading. Additionally there is the regulatory risk as climate change becomes more pronounced.
  3. Fully synthetic very low carbon jet fuel is possible, but fails on cost, currently the pilot plant produces at about $1/litre, but scaling up will require astronomical investment. Another possibility is hydrogen for jet engines, but production of hydrogen needs carbon capture and storage to work, and so far there is no large scale CCS plant. Two points about fertilizer; nitrogen fertilizers made by the Haber Bosch process are very energy intensive, and the process, which is about 100 years old, isn't easy to change, so will require green energy in some form. But the production of ammonia gives the opportunity for simpler storage of hydrogen; the other key element in fertilizer is potassium, and we are running out of cheap sources of potash. IMV jet fuel is not an enormous worry. Something like 85% of UK air travel is for leisure, so although we may not like it, we could live without it. Agriculture is a tough one, already a major CO2 emitter, with much from ruminants. Dimbleby's recent report as an interesting view of CO2 and agriculture. Concrete is also a tough one, as there are few alternatives for major infrastructure projects like dams and sea walls.
  4. I'm a bit behind with my project, with major upgrade of insulation being designed at the moment. Once the insulation is completed, I'll log temperature and energy consumption for two years before deciding the next steps. Retrofitting insulation and avoiding thermal bridges in an existing structure is a PITA. I live in a place that is also vulnerable to storm damage, which adds to the complexity. But I believe that in the medium term it will be very beneficial as climate instability increases as the Artic warms and the jetstream becomes unstable.
  5. Air con consumes vast amounts of energy, and dumps heat outside the building, heating the local area and making matters worse. I hope that the UK promotes passive cooling techniques for domestic housing. However, using a heat pump that can provide heating in winter has some advantages, but the economics are dependent upon the thermal characteristics of the house. Also the refrigerants are gases that add to the greenhouse effect, although not as much as older CFC that damaged the ozone layer thus increasing UV levels and potentially increasing skin cancer.
  6. I share your dislike for an online system based on smartphones. But I believe it will have a short-term benefit, thus I would like a "sunset" clause in the legislation, so that when a stated date is reached, the legislation is removed. I am aware that this is a somewhat Machiavellian position to take.
  7. And perhaps you would be so kind as to include removal of the bloated absurdity of the HoL.
  8. I do not agree. I remember the period from 1980 to 1985 when youth unemployment was sky-high, and manufacturing industry was crushed. It go so bad that even the GVMT tried to do something about it, YOPS, YTS etc.
  9. Interesting, in central Cornwall the do-er uppers aren't selling. One near me is £50k less than the average for the street, needs a full refurb as interior in extremely poor order, but it doesn't sell. The family of the deceased want to sell, and lots of interest, but no-one is buying. Another, 2 bed 1920's bungalow on a larger than average plot, needs everything doing, roof, electrics, heating, etc, not in the mining zone, reduced by £60k, and still not sold. Market very difficult to judge, as stock levels so low. Massive shortage of 3 bed rental properties available.
  10. And the situation becomes even more complex when comparing between countries. I was working in France when the gilet jaunes kicked off. My French colleagues were amazed at the differences in pay, taxation and pension rights between UK employees and French employees. Also each day, the lab stopped for lunch, with most scientists and technicians going to a restaurant for lunch. The French graduates who spent time in the UK labs were appalled to discover the "sandwich at your desk" lunch break.
  11. Interesting point, I wonder what such a migration would do for the clamouring of the SNP for independence?
  12. I'm sure you are correct. But given the lunacy of the situation, anything is possible.
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