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Jeez Alex that is impressive. Your Transcriptions are very welcome by those of us who like to check facts. I thought you had special access to a BBC transcription service. Like the tool that exists on Youtube; a button to the right of the LIKE thumb.
- I guess you are very accurate if you do it as you listen. I can't be accurate, but rather I have to paraphrase from memory. and am aa fat finggered tyypist

Oct 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Alex, I doff my hat (I do have one) to your brain and fingers. I wish mine worked as well together...

Oct 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

@ jamesp, no special software, unfortunately, just my brain. :( And Windows Notepad. :)

Oct 11, 2013 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

"Coming up on the Radio 4 News, a leading environmental expert has said that people are misleading when they claim green taxes are responsible for energy price rises"
- Then at 6.10pm in the actual report
"Green taxes are only 3%, and by investing in Green energy Britain is ensuring cheaper future energy ,, says Lord Stern" read by Roger Harrabin.

- Low all those other stupid countries not investing in offshore wind turbines, how stupid they are. They will be stuck with high energy prices in the future cos fossil fuel prices don't track demand. The producers will rather not sell then cut their prices if cheaper alternative become available.

Oct 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

That Cable thing is just painful to read.

The Emperor is wandering around in public with not even a thong to cover his nakedness.

Oct 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

Thank you, Alex. I do hope you have software to help you do that - I have a mental picture of you typing like Bob Ward while trying to keep up with iPlayer!

I thought it must be Evan Davis interviewing, but as he is one of the few BBC journos who can add and it was such an obvious non-sequitur by Cable, I figured it must be someone else. Perhaps the producer was yelling in his ear...

I do wish that, just once, a Beeboid would ask a green politico what percentage of the atmosphere he thinks is CO2, but then he would have to know in advance, which seems very unlikely.

Oct 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

@ jamesp, here's the segment I think you were referring to:

Evan Davis: Okay, now there's just one other issue, er, Mr Cable, the energy market. Clearly the energy companies, or at least one of them, putting its price up, blaming green, er, green taxes, effectively - the burden of renewables and other things added to the bill as one of the reasons why the bills are so high. It's clearly going to lead to pressure - and we're seeing it in the papers today - to try and remove some of the renewable obligations and suchlike that push up bills. I'm just wondering whether this is now the next argument in the Coalition - I'm imagining that LibDems will not want to see any of those burdens removed, and there will be pressure from some.

Vince Cable: It has been a continuing argument in the Coalition, because the Liberal Democrats have been arguing that we need to maintain a long-term priority towards a less carbon-based and polluting economy, and we have to make the decisions associated with that. The rise in energy prices is due to a whole variety of things, by far the most important of which is what's happening in world energy markets - we've had, over a period of years, very rapidly rising demand, in Asia particularly, in China, we've had restrictions on supply from countries like Iran, and the combination of these things has pushed up oil and gas prices. And that is what has fed through to consumers. My particular concern, in my job, is to make sure that our energy-intensive industries - the chemicals industry, for example, or steel - are not disadvantaged by these very high energy prices, and we're putting through a scheme to ensure that they're compensated and properly offset. And -

Evan Davis: But there's no point if there are politicians -

Vince Cable: - what we should not be doing is scrapping our environmental policies, that would be very short-sighted and foolish.

Evan Davis: But it does seem a bit odd for politicians to grumble about the high energy prices, while putting costs onto the energy prices that are obviously adding to them and will continue to do so.

Vince Cable: Well, if you're taking a long-term view about shifting the British economy onto a less polluting, less carbon-based system, we have to provide those incentives. And what will happen in the long term is the cost of renewable energy will fall - we've already seen this with solar power, it's beginning to happen with offshore wind - we are investing very heavily in it, Britain is actually the largest offshore wind sector in the world. And the more we do, the costs will fall and the consumer will benefit from it.

Mr Cable is referring to a compensation package to protect British industry from soaring energy prices - but I think this is the one that appears to be currently held up by EU red tape ("awaiting EU state aid approval, with businesses already facing millions of pounds in costs"), as per this article in the Telegraph.

Oct 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

#GreensGoByAir ..from Guido Fawkes

Ed Davey’s department has blown £148,000 of taxpayers’ money on 668 domestic flights in the last year.
Their friends in high places at DECC-linked public bodies have spent £163,000 on over 1,000 domestic flights.

always worth checking his archive

Oct 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Cartoon about Australias spagetti of Climate laws ..but same applies in the UK
I recommend you check the other cartoons on The Galileo Movement's Facebook page the one about planes flying to climate conferences

- That BBC "we can't find a British Skeptic scientist" ...well the GWPF put forward a few to the propsed meeting with Royal Society
can Harrabin not have been aware of that ?
Professor Mike Kelly FRS (Prince Philip Professor of Technology, University of Cambridge)
Nic Lewis (independent climate science researcher)
Professor Richard Tol (IPCC Lead Author and professor of Economics, University of Sussex)
(The others were either foreign or non-scientists)

Oct 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Bonkers interview with Vince Cable on R4 this morning. He admitted that energy prices were affected by green tariffs, but claimed that solution was to build more windmills and solar PV! Interviewer too dim to ask the obvious...

Oct 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

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