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By Robert Rapier on Aug 7, 2009 with no responses

Britain’s Impending Energy Crisis

In case you missed the story yesterday in the Economist: How long till the lights go out? North Sea gas has served Britain well, but supply peaked in 1999. Since then the flow has fallen by half; by 2015 it will have dropped by two-thirds. By 2015 four of Britain’s ten nuclear stations will have shut and no new ones could be ready for years after that. As for coal, it is fiendishly dirty: Britain will be breaking just about every green promise it has ever made if it is using anything like as much as it does today. Renewable energy sources will help, but even if the wind and waves can be harnessed (and Britain has plenty of both),… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 1, 2008 with no responses

A Melancholy Goodbye

It’s actually been an entire month of melancholy for me – ever since my family got on the plane to fly back to the U.S. on February 2nd. Today marks four weeks without them. But then yesterday was my last day of work, and I said my goodbyes to a team that I was very fond of – and an employer that has treated me well. And after this weekend, I say my goodbyes to Aberdeen. These are the things on my mind as I prepare to leave. What I Will Miss The Lush Green Hills Scotland is green year round. When the weather cooperates, it is a walker’s paradise. Not a weekend goes by that I don’t find myself… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 28, 2007 with no responses

Renewable Energy Tempts Workers

I saw an interesting little story today from The Glasgow Herald. I can’t find an online version, so here it is: Renewable Energy Tempts Workers By Mark Williamson More than half of the skilled staff working in the oil and gas industry may be interested in switching to work for renewable energy, according to a survey which could heighten concerns about skills shortages for North Sea firms, writes Mark Williamson. In an online survey, Eden Scott found that 52% of respondents who were employed by oil and gas firms said that they had considered or were considering a move into the renewable energy sector. The recruitment firm said almost one in five, 19%, of those respondents who were already working… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 1, 2007 with no responses

What a Return Trip to Scotland

Off topic, but on June 30th my family and I flew from Dallas back to the U.K. We had a connecting flight at Gatwick in London, and then we were to fly on to Aberdeen. I talked to my in-laws just as I was about to get on the plane in Dallas, and they acted like they wanted to say something. What I didn’t know is that just before we got on the plane, terrorists had apparently tried to blow up the Glasgow International Airport in Scotland. My in-laws had seen that scroll across the screen on CNN just as we were about to climb on a plane for Scotland. On the way over, we didn’t know anything had happened…. Continue»