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It is my considered opinion, based upon the evidence currently available that (1) human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are going to take the global climate system over some critical thresholds within the next decade or so, and (2) the supply of light, sweet crude oil is going to be in decline, causing serious economic instability over a similar timescale.

Therefore, I believe we need to use every sensible tool to build an environmentally and economically sustainable 'Green Industrial Revolution' for job security, energy security, food security etc. One of these sensible tools is wind energy, including on-shore community-scale wind turbines. However ...

The Vestas corporation is planning to close the only factory making wind turbine blades in Britain, on the Isle of Wight.

Vestas workers have today occupied their factory, and there is now a campaign by local people and factory employees to save the plant, and the 600 jobs it supports.

They're asking for emails of support for their campaign: savevestas@gmail.com

You can read more: http://savevestas.wordpress.com/

Edit I originally thought that Vestas IoW made entire turbines.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
You are invited to this meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil (APPGOPO)

Speakers:

- on peak oil & population - Rosamund McDougall (Optimum Population Trust)
- on climate change & population - Louise Carver (Population and Sustainability Network)

Tuesday July 14th - 6.30pm
Committee Room 10
House of Commons

To be followed by Q & A

Please register for this event:
http://www.appgopo.org.uk/index.php?option=com_attend_events&task=view&id=12

If you require further information about this meeting or about APPGOPO's work more generally please contact: endicottn@parliament.uk

Neil Endicott
Researcher to John Hemming MP (Chair of APPGOPO)
07838 135 924
endicottn@parliament.uk
www.appgopo.org.uk
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
I have a strong dislike of party politics.

I've just applied to join The Green Party of England and Wales.

I think that (party) politics are going to 'make-or-break' our response to the approaching, overwhelming environment-related crises.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
But there is a high chance that the mis-match between global energy demand, and the rate of production of conventional oil, will cause significant economic shocks in the coming decade. The situation could be somewhat analogous to the Depression of 1929, and could require measures on the order taken by Britain during World War II to survive. However, the best available model so far could be Cuba:

http://www.beyondpeak.com/cuba-beyondpeak.html

"Cuba has already been through economic collapse as a result of the shortage of energy resources. That happened after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 and Cuba lost its primary sugar market and the source of almost all its petroleum. The Cubans rose to the occasion, and today are a model of sustainability for the rest of the world."
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Sweden Plans to Be World's First Oil-Free Economy
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1704937,00.html

· 15-year limit set for switch to renewable energy
· Biofuels favoured over further nuclear power

John Vidal, environment editor
Wednesday February 8, 2006
The Guardian

Weaned off oil without nuclear? )

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