Posts by Farmer Green

  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    In the first decades of the third millennium, notions of household self-sufficiency , in anything, seem quaint.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to BenWilson,

    But don't forget that those planting trees at a steady rate have older trees which have to be used . Not to mention the odd wind-blow.
    And of course communities are far less common than they once were ; a lot of social capital has gone down the drain in the last 50 years.. But family farms remain as the type of sustainable community where firewood harvesting is a low-key social activity which provides employment, as well as renewable energy on top of the straight production and amenity values.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    "Old" technology I know, and perhaps more useful for those who can grow their own renewable energy i.e. trees, but a decent second hand wood stove will cover all cooking , house heating , (radiators) and hot water for washing needs, of a large household.

    The only problem might be the life expectancy of such a system . . . 50-100 years.
    Still , good value for the money.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ouch!!

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    It was entirely my fault. I apologise to all concerned.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Will do. Good luck.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    GD was just playing his part in the pantomime Bart. I didn't write the script.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Well there’s your answer Russell. Bart has spoken. FG caused GD to leave and took pleasure in doing so. . It’ s horseshit for mine, but that will be the full extent of the Grand Inquisitor’s engagement.
    The fact that GD went off half-cocked and prematurely is irrelevant; pre-judgement was , and continues to be the order of the day.
    What I see is that GD was determined to undermine what Ben was doing; the theatricality was definitely amusing , especially in view of the poor timing. [Wait for the cue George , wait for the cue :-) ]
    And the effect on Ben was obvious to see.

    With the best will in the world , Ben could not have kept that conversation going on this blog.

    I’m not so sure that language was the problem. Sacha has it right I think.

    Anyway, your call Russell. Leave it there?

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    As I see it, the answer that you have given pretty much is saying that you aren’t much interested in the subsequent questions.

    I haven't seen them yet. It's something earlier in the thread right?
    So , in giving an honest answer to your question , I wasn't aware that would lead to your assumption.
    Sorry I had to duck away there. I had to load up with silage and feed the cows.
    I'll take a look at the questions during my next break.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    It's so funny , because I saw that my original answer was likely to provoke an outburst.
    George won't be back while I'm here.

    I don't believe that the climate is currently changing in a way that is out of the ordinary for the planet? But I can't know that.
    But I also believe that there is not enough good evidence to say conclusively that it is or it isn't. Primarily , I think that the period during which we have extremely accurate observation is too short to draw a conclusion either way.
    I'm aware that this answer will probably derail the conversation right there. , if it hasn't already been derailed. But as moz accurately observes , some people live for that sort of thing.

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