Land Research Ltd, 27 June 18
Land Research Ltd, 27 June 18
……. this. (and in-patients, too!)
Cut the discussion and get down to the raw facts. The NHS certainly has its faults and can be improved without the addition of cash BUT the NHS and the social services which can take people out of hospital beds for care after treatment ARE short of cash. The NHS really is a national gem and needs significant and on-going extra cash. If we want it to care for us, we have to care or it.
It does not have to be supported by extra taxes. We are sitting on enormous energy reserves of shale gas. We are importing shale gas in specially made ships from the USA and Arab countries. We are importing natural gas from Russia which owns part of Centrica which, of course, owns British Gas. THIS IS INSANE. The UK has the best shale gas technology in the world and, yes, we can do it safely. In terms of environmental balance, it is better to do shale gas here in the UK and use the revenues to build the NHS and develop renewable energy sources.
Bill Butterworth, Member of the British Society of Soil Science
Land Research Ltd, 24th June 18
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In the 24th June issue of New Scientist, a comment column observed “In this post-truth world …….. the power of facts is in retreat from public discourse”.
This is a potentially shattering observation in terms of not just the drowning of common sense but, quite likely, of the survival of the human race. Now, more than ever, science has to sell itself against attack by vested interests using social media. Let us look as some examples.
Why is it that we as a society vote into power politicians who distort the truth? Why is it that we do not educate the next generation to NOT allow social media to distort the truth about events of every day? Science is, or should be, fact-based common sense. So, all scientists, do not distort the truth; tell it how it is.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd., J24 uly 17
All this fuss about diesel fumes if stretching the truth a bit too far. Firstly, smoking and obesity are far greater evils, in terms of human health and death. Secondly, modern, Euro 6 diesels do have more particulates in their emissions than latest design petrol engines but not much more and they produce around half the Carbon dioxide per mile. Thirdly, never mind cars, what about trucks? Go electric? How long would it take to change 13 million cars over to electric drive? In any case, where do you think the electricity comes from?
There is a fast, clean alternative. It creates UK jobs and dramatically reduces imports. Shale gas is a clean burn.
Land Research Ltd 23 April 17
P.S. “Survival – Sustainable Energy, Wastes, Shale Gas and The Land” by Bill Butterworth, published by Land Research, is available in paperback from good bookshops or Amazon on the web as paperback (at around £10) or electronic version (at only £2.46) for computer or Kindle. For the next couple of Sundays, it can be downloaded free at Kindle.
The ASA, the Advertising Standards Authority, ruled in Sept 16 that the Friends of the Earth (FOE) misled the public in a leaflet which claimed fracking can cause cancer. Despite this judgement, it is certainly true that there needs to be a watchdog on everything the shale gas industry does. Fortunately we have one – it is called the Environment Agency (EA). Now, it is clear that in this instance, and I have no doubt in many other of their campaigns, the FOE acted to promote their own interests in a way which was not based on evidence, in short, they actively fell short of honesty. It is also true that while there are some failings in the EA as a watchdog, it is one of the most precautionary regulators in the world.
There is another point to this and that is that the UK is not the USA and the British do have the best and safest technology in the world. Just to demonstrate, one of the British-designed drilling fluids is not toxic and you or I (I have offered) could drink it. I would not advise drinking too much because the clay in it would cause constipation – but it would not poison the drinker.
For those who are concerned about shale, look at the facts and try to make an honest, evidence-based view. Will you conclude that shale gas is without fault or difficulties? You would be foolish. However, you might conclude that UK-produced shale gas is a lot better for the environment and ourselves than any and all of the alternatives currently available. And we really do need more energy and we need it now. Quite often in life, the choice is as with the politicians we vote for – maybe one might not wish to vote for shale gas but actually vote against the alternatives.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 14 January 2017
“Survival – Sustainable Energy, Wastes, Shale Gas and The Land” is available for free download for the next 5 Sundays starting 15 Jan.
According to UN sponsored research, I tonne of N nutrient, made in a modern, efficient USA fertiliser factory, typically takes 21,000 (yes, twenty one thousand) kWh to manufacture and deliver to farm. Yet, we lose around half to groundwater with rain or irrigation. This will dramatically affect how we farm. Part of the answer is to recycle waste to farm land. How to do this safely, how shale gas will affect the land, how sustainable energy sources can help farming are all reviewed in the book. All these and how the global population will reach crisis, and when, can be downloaded for free on the Sundays 15, 22 and 29 Jan, and 5 and 12 Feb. Control and Click here Survival” by Bill Butterworth Amazon.