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Nojay

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    We've got until 2030 or less. We've actually got until 1980 (about the time of the Miner's Strike here in the UK, by an odd coincidence) when we broke through the 350ppm barrier. Remember when that was a disaster and...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "shitting in their sausage casserole" is more, ummm, redolent....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Can we have our Beige Dictatorship back please?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    OTOH, my local MP is going to be out of power, simply because she has no time for the great idiot “leader” Corbyn – S Creasy, of course. The die-hard Blairites are gradually getting winkled out of safe Labour seats...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    There was a Tweet by someone in the US about the new/current US House of Representatives compared to 1989. Back then the Dems had 16 women out of 250-odd Representatives, today's House has 89 women as Dems. Back then the...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Steel does rust but it's easy to check steel tubes for corrosion, damage, cuts, dents etc. and it gets downchecked and scrapped at that point. I've bought scrap scaffolding tube for various projects in the past but definitely not intending...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Bamboo is the Wonder Material of the Age! until it splits, rots, gets eaten by insects, catches fire etc. which doesn't happen with steel scaffolding. Western Health and Safety laws forbid the use of wood and bamboo for temporary structural...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    A rough BOTE calculation indicates the world burns about 135 tonnes of oil a second right now, along with about 250 tonnes of coal a second and there's gas too coming up on the outside. Using up a pitiful few...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In a way I am looking forward to the first big battery fire, Why wait? There have been a few large storage battery fires over the past few years. NGK's sodium-sulphur batteries have lit off a couple of times, Li-ion...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Nobody's actually selling uranium from seawater at any price let alone 200 dollars a pound (or kg). Jan 4, 2019 - TradeTech's Weekly U3O8 Spot Price Indicator is $28.75 per pound U3O8. Large contracts go lower based on quantity discounts...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    That the parts of the world who are currently desperately poor will become at least middle income. Energy poverty means people, communities, states will dig up, frack and pump fossil carbon from the ground to burn to provide for their...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    North-west China is home to most of the country's indigenous coal-mining operations. Notice the reference in the Fine Article about the HVDC line "replace(ing) the equivalent of 25,000 coal trains’ worth of coal-fired generation". They'd rather burn the coal in...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Speaker of the Commons John Bercow is basically reminding Prime Minister May that Parliament is sovereign, not the Government and it sets the rules, not she in regards to procedures, amendments and voting in the Commons. There's also a certain...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    AGR Reactors: Near end of life, and quite difficult, meaning, expensive, to do major life-extensions on. No life-extension for the AGRs, sadly. The Hunterston AGRs are shut down for several months at the moment while the cracks in the moderator...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The Hinkley C project received its licence to build a nuclear power plant there from the regulatory authorities in November 2012, according to Wikipedia which is never wrong. That's only part of the way through the regulatory process, of course...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I also don't recall reading about anyone placing mirrors at the sides of crop fields to redirect sunlight from outside the field into the understory to improve photosynthesis, That would certainly work but it would shadow the neighbouring field...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    If we could only reprogram the time switch that disables the Sun for up to 18 hours a day when we really need it that would be great! What, it's not under our control and won't provide energy on demand?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    We need a lot more energy than that, we burn too much gas heating homes and businesses. France consumes about 40% more electricity than we do per capita but that's because they mostly heat their homes with cheap electricity from...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Tin ore bodies carry a lot of arsenic and other toxic metals and they probably smelted a lot of it, thousands or even millions of tonnes over the time it was operational. The trash would have been dumped locally without...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    When you say "high level material" how radioactive is that? The Zion reactor vessel in the slideshow I referenced was not particularly radioactive ten years or so after shutdown (you can see workers standing on it and around it wearing...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    You mean the Sun? Unfortunately some bastard switches it off for eighteen hours a day over winter where I live. Fortunately we've got a couple of our own nuclear reactors parked about 2.8 x 10^-6 light-minutes to the east of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Decommissioning nuclear power reactors is not particularly difficult. Many deluded people seem to think it's never actually been done before for some reason, there's no track record or process to complete the task and so it's impossible because it's Scary!...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Nuclear currently provides 2% of our energy needs, and doubling that will solve our problems... A number of the 400-odd reactors running today produce less than 600MW. What Daniel Duffy is suggesting is 400 "plants" consisting of 3 or 4...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I've been working as a safety steward on the breakdown of the Edinburgh Hogmanay infrastructure in Princes Street Gardens. There's a couple of railway lines that run through the Gardens but the event organisers have been using Evil Heavy Goods...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    The days of the "commons" of the roads were the time bicycles were known as "boneshakers" for good reason. A horse-cart travelled at two or three miles an hour on rutted roads in town and out in the country, the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    That's river-run generation. It's OK if you want a few dozen kW per installation @ $10,000 per install plus semi-annual maintenance and occasional loss of capacity when things go wrong (like a tree branch getting in the turbine/paddlewheel). It's better...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Wind and solar verifiably kill and injure a surprising number of people each year, nuclear energy not so much. It takes a lot of construction and physical hardware to get a GWh of electricity from renewables and people fall off...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Mitsubishi have a long track record of building steam generators for nuclear power plants as well as other major components, based on their shipbuilding history. You're flat-out wrong when you say they'd never made steam generators before. They were not...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    but it also needs to be done with great attention towards safety. I disagree. Nuclear power plant projects have been beset by an demand for ultra-super-extra-mega levels of safety which cost money and convince the public that nuclear power is...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Ah, you mean the Dolly Parton Memorial Nuclear Power Station? Now shut down of course, the replacement electricity for the Granola state's nuts, fruits, flakes and vegetables supplied by gas-burning and a resulting increase in CO2 emissions but nuclear is...
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