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The rubbish over the Good Friday agreement is essentially endorsing terrorism. Any difficulty getting over a border (and there won't be much no matter what) does not justify blowing people up. We aren't North Korea. Anyone who wants to be part of Ireland rather than the UK is free to move. It's not like Ireland doesn't have plenty of spare housing. Instead of pandering to Ireland we should be reassuring the Northern Irelanders that we will strengthen trade with them.

Ireland's biggest worry will be losing the tax haven status and its biggest patsy... sorry... trading partner. Whether we have the guts/brains/chnce to rake money back is another matter.

Sep 18, 2018 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Mark Hodgson,
"I share our Energy Commissioner's conclusions when it comes to our targets for reducing CO2 emissions by 2030. They are both scientifically accurate and politically indispensable."

Who is he? According to Wikipedia, he is a Lawyer, appointed by Juncker ........

"European Commissioner for Energy Miguel Arias Cañete since August 2014
Appointer Jean-Claude Juncker Term length Five years
European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, 2014–present."

"In 2014, Arias was picked by Rajoy to lead the Partido Popular’s list in the 2014 European elections.[6] Following the elections, Spain nominated him for the Juncker Commission in August 2014.[6] By early September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker assigned Arias to the office of European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, where he became the first single supervisor of those two policy areas.[7] In this capacity, he works under the guidance of Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission Vice President for Energy Union."

"On climate policy, Arias has been responsible for the plan to introduce an overhaul of the EU emissions-trading system, the world’s biggest cap-and-trade program.[7] He also represented the European Commission at the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima.[8]"

"In summer 2015, Arias launched a plan to turn the Mediterranean region into "a major gas marketplace" as part of European Union efforts to reduce dependency on dominant oil and gas supplier Russia.[9] Shortly after, he brokered an agreement between France, Spain and Portugal on the MidCat gas pipeline intended to increase exports of Algerian gas into the European energy mix"

Whilst Northern Industrial Europe can't buy enough Russian gas, France Spain and Portugal (with all that sunshine and so many solar panels) is importing Algerian gas to keep the lights on.

Sep 18, 2018 at 10:20 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Sep 18, 2018 at 9:14 AM | Mark Hodgson

Thank you for the summary. It does read like poor PR from a Company Director trying to convince a room full of nervous shareholders.

If he is being economical with the truth to find some good bits, are there any genuinely good bits to waffle about?

Sep 18, 2018 at 9:39 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

" ... monoculture of non-native species. Normally this leads to the accidental introduction of a disease or pest which then devestates the industry. I'll have to look into it further at some point."
Sep 18, 2018 at 8:05 AM | Uibhist a Tuath

Coniferous forests planted in the UK have eradicated native species of flora and fauna. The Forestry Commission was set up in 1919, as we almost ran out of shoring timber for trenches and pit props for coal mining.

Acid rain was a previous environmentalist scare, but had more to do with the run off from conifers going into streams and rivers causing a rise in acidity, nothing to do with CO2 and SO2.

Sep 18, 2018 at 9:31 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Transcript of Juncker's State of the Union speech, if anyone's interested:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-speech_en_0.pdf

I realise that my view is tarnished because I dislike the man and I dislike his project, but I found it to be very shallow, and in places highly selective with the facts.

I thought this was particularly disingenuous:

"I have always fought for Greece, its dignity, its role in Europe, and its place inside the euro area. Of this I am proud. " Really? Try reading Yanis Varoufakis and see if he agrees.

And this:

"I share our Energy Commissioner's conclusions when it comes to our targets for reducing CO2 emissions by 2030. They are both scientifically accurate and politically indispensable."

And this:

"The European Union now has trade agreements with 70 countries around the world, covering 40% of the world's GDP."

Yes, but, by implication (though the fact is omitted) that includes the EU's GDP, and according to Juncker the EU accounts "for a fifth of the world’s economy". So the agreements are with countries representing 20% of the world's economy, and there are no agreements with 60% of the world's economy, nor does he point out the obvious, that the way things are going, thanks to the EU's hostility, there might soon be no trade agreement with the EU's biggest trading partner - the UK. And there is no proper trade agreement in place with the world's two largest economies - USA and China.

How about this?:

"Europe can export stability, as we have done with the successive enlargements of our Union. For me, these are and
will remain success stories – for we were able to reconcile Europe's history and geography.
But there is more to be done. We must find unity when it comes to the Western Balkans – once and for all. Should we not, our immediate neighbourhood will be shaped by others."

No lessons learned about meddling in Ukraine then. Export stability? Ask a Ukrainian what they think.

How about this?:

"Secondly, the European Commission, this Parliament and all other 26 Member States will always show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland when it comes to the Irish border. This is why we want to find a creative solution that prevents a hard border in Northern Ireland. But we will equally be very outspoken should the British government walk away from its responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement. It is not the European Union, it is Brexit that risks making the border more visible in Northern Ireland."

That is simply not true - it is the EU that is the problem regarding the Irish border. With no EU involvement, Eire and the UK would be happy to agree to an open border. It is the EU which causes the problem, and the EU which is failing to offer a solution, demanding that the UK solves the problem created by the EU.

There's much more to criticise (IMO) but that's enough for now.

Sep 18, 2018 at 9:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Sep 18, 2018 at 8:08 AM | Uibhist a Tuath

Yes. Nitrate fertilsers were more consistent in quantity and quality throughout the year than muck spreading.

Traditionally, farmers and farm labourers sons learned from their fathers, they did not go to agricultural colleges to learn anything new fangled. Too many farmers sons did not come back from WW2. Five years of practical experience was acquired by the Womens Land Army and some German POWs, with no long term interest in the acres thay had cared for.

Sep 18, 2018 at 9:02 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Wasn't The Archers originally broadcast by the BBC in part to assist the government to "educate" the farming community on the latest methods, technology, and crops to improve productivity on UK farms?

Sep 18, 2018 at 8:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

Entropic man
I know you never go there ut there is a good piece on renewable on WUWT at the moment. Also Paul Holmewood has done analysis on wind, none of whi h suggests it is cost effective. Couple of other points this summer and July in particular was low in wind and solar peaks at midday so mornings, evenings and nights were short on renewable power; there is a correlation between high electricity costs and high levels of renewable power generation. I wonder if you can e plain the latter?

I was reading somewhere that the wood burnt at Drax is grown in East Coast plantations of fast growing species which are replanted once harvested. I don't know how true this is. It does raise a couple of questions relevant to recent posts here o monoculture of non-native species. Normally this leads to the accidental introduction of a disease or pest which then devestates the industry. I'll have to look into it further at some point.

Sep 18, 2018 at 8:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

Uibhist a Tuath in addition to my comments here:
Sep 17, 2018 at 10:31 PM golf charlie

if you have the opportunity to read or listen to Jon Adams, you won't find it boring!
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/shipwrecks/0/steps/7972

Sep 18, 2018 at 7:46 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

" .... it was growing apple trees, wheat and cows in same field
Sep 17, 2018 at 11:18 PM | Pcar"

If cows are scrumping apples and wheat before the mash passes through their bio-digesting stomachs, will Customs and Excise need to verify the alcohol content of any milk produced? Any biogas collected as a by product could have an enhanced octane rating.

Sep 18, 2018 at 5:51 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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