BL&P’s Promise to Barbadians — You Must Invest in Community Solar

He added that Light & Power is also planning “community solar to ensure that every Barbadian has the opportunity to participate in the island’s green transformation and the renewable energy future for Barbados.” – Roger Blackman, Managing Director (BLP)

The Barbados Light & Power in its recent edition of Watts New Business Managing Director Roger Blackman reassured the audience that his company is committed to a 100/ 100 vision of 100% renewable energy. This is good news for some of us who appreciate that a sustainable power supply that is affordable and a strategic fit for a Small Island Developing State is the commonsense approach.

The reference by Blackman to “community solar” should pique the interest of all Barbadians who have had to labour in an investment market of reduced interest rates and extension of bond maturities. There is no reason why the public and private sector should not structure investment opportunities for ordinary citizens to invest in growth areas. Barbadians have always been a thrifty people and this behaviour is reflected in the billions of dollars which continue to nestle with financial institutions. The fear for many is that if citizens see no appealing avenues to invest they will stop saving and engage in greater consumption behavior which the country cannot afford given the forex earning constraints.

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Wigton Windfarm in Jamaica is about to list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) with an IPO and Prime Minister Holness has been encouraging ordinary Jamaicans to grab the opportunity to invest.  It is a nobrainer for private and foreign investors – with good reputations – to see the benefit of an adequate rate return by investing in a growth area. It is a no brainer that government and private sectors have a vested interest is creating an optimal climate for investment by creating the best investment products. The blogmaster notes that the proposed GAIA PPP floated by the government accommodates worker participation.   The  business models practiced by Williams Group of companies and a few others in Barbados should be standard modus operandi as we work to make Barbados great again. Trade Unions calling striking action for a 1% or 2% wage increase has become redundant. All collective bargain agreements should demand worker participation.

The financial sector continues to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to maintaining shareholder value during times of austerity. The government must pave the way for a new business model to emerge that will sustain national development and enfranchise Barbadians. If we do not do it, who will?

We are Barbadians, we can do this!

Credit to sirFuzzy.

 

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Donna February 17, 2019 9:17 AM

    For my one part i left the banks about 15 year ago. But it is a slippery slope. If BNS can away with 35.00 a month REPUBLIC may be seen a reasonable if they upped their charges to 15.00. A 200% increase. The reality is what is the true cost of providing this service. Whether at 5 10 12 25 0r 35 are we been robbed by a service charged that may be grounded in greed ?

    Donna maybe you like many other will be forced to choose between the btter of two evils? Maybe all of thisis constucted to make it look like a choice by its really a false choice? Think of Trump and his made up National emergency.

    Just asking

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  • People of Barbados take heed, I like you want to give the Government a chance to right Barbados but Solar Technology for the generation of Electricity is Garbage. The Technology is not there for it to be cost effective.

    If it was cost effective all European Countries would have had their Power requirements transformed. After Spain did it and went bust the unemployment rate is now 30%. Germany did it and they are now withdrawing from it. England are decommissioning all their Windmills as a Monumental Failure . The Green Energy companies of the world having lost the Big Markets are now looking for Guinea Pigs in the Small Markets. The problem with Guinea Pigs they are used to experimented on and result is death and we Bajan’s do not want the final nail in Di Coffin!

    The Largest Producer of Solar Panels is China and they do not use Solar, the build 300 Coal Plants per year creating the same Gases that they are selling us Panels for us not to produce the Gases.

    The Government of Barbados and the Government of Jamaica that want to produce Solar Energy are asking people to not think of Reality but believe in a Dream. Solar for six hours will generate some electricity never enough!

    We are asked to believe that something that cannot produce enough electricity unless you cover half of Barbados with panels and can only produce Electricity for a few hours. Then we would now be faced with the situation of maintaining not one but two power generation plants. The Traditional LAP Diesel Plant and the Solar Plant.

    The other point to be made is saying that all of the money for the Solar Plant must be paid for up front. That is why they are asking Bajan’s to invest in something that has Zero Chance of Succeeding and the little bit of FOREX we have will be gone.. It may work and Produce Electricity but our Electricity coat would Triple.

    Another Point to be made is that by Involving Barbadians to Invest means that when the Electricity Rates Skyrocket, they will have to bite their tongues, because they would have to guard their investment.

    Rest in Peace Deceased Solar Companies…

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  • Solar is Old Tecnology. When we discover how to reduce the Atomic Bonds in water we will have an unlimited supply in energy. We are Surrounded by that energy because when you Separate Water into Hudrogen and Oxygen and then burn the Hydrogen in the same Oxygen you will have the heat necessary to produce Electricity and all your investment in Solar will be Obstalite.

    In the Mean time we can go old school and then leapfrog when the tecnology is available at the right time … And NOT ONE Minister will get tempted because there is no capital out lay while the land Remains Green instead of covered in Solar Pannels. Imployment will increase and not unimployment as in the case of Spain…Wise Up Barbados WE DO NOT WANT ANOTHER CAHILL!!

    Barbados Improvements Part 3: Agriculture
    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/08/01/barbados-improvements-part-3-agriculture/

    King Grass:

    King Grass is a tall grass and is easy to grow. It does not deplete the soil of its nutrients and can be grown repeatedly on the same spot. An amount is presently being grown and sold as fuel to BL&P to generate electricity it does not require the looking after and fertilizing like sugar cane plants. As an added benefit that hardly anyone talks about is that this grass is loved by cows and black belly sheep as forage. If it is encouraged it may be the start of a beef and lamb industry. The more that cows and sheep walk to forage for their grass the leaner and tougher the meat, now with the advent of the grass being provided the animals will not have to walk and they will get fatter and the meat will be more tender and can be in greater demand. Barbados beef does have a nice and desirable distinctive taste but tough, only a real life experiment will tell if the beef will indeed be tenderer. With this king grass the dairy cows may be more tender when put out to market as their forage will be given them daily. Note: that this is currently done on dairy farms at present with other grasses in the form of silage.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Talking Loud Saying Nothing February 17, 2019 10:20 AM

    Did you consider an energy audit for thes 3 bedroom house? $50K is a bit on the high side. But that will will depend on the homes energy usage profile.

    But if u looked at the pv system VS a second car purchase; it makes more sense to go PV than buying a good 2nd hand or second car.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ Sir Fuzzy,

    You do not sound like a person who was once a former sheep!

    The price of $50,000 would be considered very reasonable in the UK. As i do not live in Barbados I have no knowledge as to whether the price that I was given was too high. But that is irrelevant.

    Your second paragraph is what every sensible Bajan should be assessing. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to understand your message.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Talking Loud Saying Nothing February 17, 2019 10:46 AM

    I was a sheep in the past. Looking back i allowed too many of my decisions to be guided by group think. A don’t rock the boat mentality that often results in a deep frustration.

    I spend a good portion of my time keeping up to date about pv. Any modern society/nation/economy needs energy to survive and trhive; pv is just another source of energy.

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  • Sir Fuzzy

    I deal mostly with the credit union but have not been able to completely avoid the bank. There is a still downside to saving with the credit union. It is less secure than with banks. And in this world EVERY DECISION is a choice between the lesser of two evils. Even medical treatment is the choice between the lesser of two evils. There is nothing perfect in this world.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 17, 2019 10:28 AM

    I am very curious where you get his information or better yet data on PV from? I hope you are not making this up as you go along?

    I am just asking?

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  • Electricity prices in California rose three times more in 2017 than they did in the rest of the United States

    February 12, 2018

    By Mark Nelson and Michael Shellenberger

    Between 2016 and 2017, California’s electricity prices rose three times more than they did in the rest of the United States, according to a new analysis by Environmental Progress.

    The increases came despite 2017 having had the highest output of hydroelectricity — the state’s cheapest source of electricity — since 2011. Electricity prices in the rest of the United States outside California rose two percent, the same as the rate of inflation.

    Between 2011 and 2017, California’s electricity prices rose five times faster than they did nationally. Today, Californians pay 60 percent more, on average, than the rest of the nation, for residential, commercial and industrial electricity.

    California’s high penetration of intermittent renewables such as solar and wind are likely a key factor in higher prices. Economists agree that “the dominant policy driver in the electricity sector [in California] has unquestionably been a focus on developing renewable sources of electricity generation.”

    High levels of renewable energy penetration make electricity expensive around the world, not just in California. As Germany deployed high levels of renewables over the last 10 years it saw its electricity prices rise 34 percent. Today, German electricity costs twice as much as that in neighboring France.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56a45d683b0be33df885def6/t/5a81fac224a6944a11d885a3/1518467787080/electricity_prices_2011_2017.png?format=750w

    California’s RPS increases electricity costs in part by requiring the purchase of renewables even when they cannot be relied on to power the grid, requiring undiminished capacity from the combination of natural gas, hydro, and nuclear power. As a result, California today has a large amount of excess electricity generating capacity without being able to know if much of it will be available from day to day and week to week.

    The rising cost of electricity in places with increasing penetration of intermittent renewables was predicted by German economist Lion Hirth. He found that the economic value of wind and solar must decline significantly as they become a larger part of the electricity supply. For example, the value of wind on the European grid drops 40 percent once it becomes 30 percent of electricity, Hirth finds, and the value of solar drops by half when it gets to just 15 percent.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56a45d683b0be33df885def6/t/5a81f70424a6941151339d23/1518466827624/California+Deck.037.jpeg?format=750w

    As wind and solar capacity climbs, the returns of usable power diminish because of increasing curtailment during surges that the grid cannot absorb. More and more intermittent capacity has to be pushed onto the grid to get less and less additional renewable electricity. The dynamic of soaring overcapacity and falling prices is the inevitable result of the fundamental inability of intermittent wind and solar generators to efficiently match supply to demand.

    The burden of higher cost electricity and benefits of renewable energy subsidies fall unevenly on Californians. Between 2007 and 2014, the highest-income 40 percent of California households received three times more in solar subsidies — valued between $10,000 and $20,000 per household — as the lowest-income 40 percent. California households with over $100,000 in annual income benefited from energy efficiency subsidies at twice the rate of households whose income was under $50,000.

    Another reason for California’s high electricity prices is the closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). “In the twelve months following the closure, natural gas generation costs increased by $350 million,” a pair of UC-Berkeley economists noted. “The closure also created binding transmission constraints, causing short-run inefficiencies and potentially making it more profitable for certain plants to act non-competitively.”

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  • The Submissions by Freedom Crier shows that Solar Power will cause our Electricity Bills to Escalate inclusive of a Recent Article February 12, 2018 demonstrating how Electricity prices in California rose three times more in 2017 than they did in the rest of the United States.

    Is that what we Desire for Barbados?

    From the Image Below, do we Envision our Green Fields as Rivers of Solar Panels?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Talking Loud Saying Nothing February 17, 2019 10:20 AM “I spoke to an electrician earlier this week who has installed his own electrical grid system. I asked him how much it would cost to install such a system for a three bedroom house. He said it could be done for 50,000 Bajan dollars.”

    $50,000 BDS is likely too high for most or the average Bajan families, especially when you consider that the average Bajan family is currently paying about $150 per month for electricity. $50,000 at the current rates would buy electricity for the average family for 27 years.

    Please ask the electrician how much of the $50,000 is for materials, how much is for labour, how many hours the work would take, and what is his per hour fee. Thanks.

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  • Freedom has a few Questions… with electrical grid system where would get Electricity from in the Night? You have not factored in the maintenance of the System that might cost you upwards of 150.00 per hour by a high level technician!

    Even Passive Systems like Solar Hot-water Heating require Servicing that will cost between 25-33% of the initial cost of the Solar System in the first instance in ten years and would needs replacing before the Eighteenth year.

    What makes you think that Solar Electricity is Cheap? People getting you to pay your light bill for the next 20 years up-front, you might as well pay it piece by piece as in Buying Electricity.

    Have your Read your Electric Bill? Don’t you see that between the Vat and the Taxes on the Fuel, Constitute more than 1/3 of your Electric Cost?

    The Government makes more on your Electric Bill than the Electric Company and they do nothing for it while the Electric Company has all the Experiences to Shoulder.

    The Investment would be worth it when your Solar Panels can give you Electricity in the Night/ 24 hours a day, cause none of them are installing Batteries now and the Battery Technology is not there. Also you do not want for the next 20 years running around the house turning off lights and your life Consumed by worrying about how much energy you are using every minute of the day.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Simple Simon at 8 :25 PM

    It is always good to get as much information as possible when making big investments. Some of us, in looking for easy solutions, are prone to buy every snake skin oil, especially when it is “from over and away”. Bu serves as a credible testing lab for these” solutions”.

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  • Freedom Crier you need to research the topic before you make comments.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 17, 2019 8:57 PM

    I guess you speak on the knowledge u have. Our knowledge bases contain some of the same information/data and but we dont come to the same conclusions; or share the same road map for moving forward. As they say “is the glass half full or half empty”?

    Hind sight is always 20/20 . U never know what the future holds. However u are also destined to fail if you never try. I am sure the Donkey or mule breeders probably had a lot to say about the first motor vehicle when they first appears on he seen.

    Don’t let fear of the possible stop you from seeing what the future may hold.
    (if you get a chance research how the chlorination of the public water supply came about. something that we think is par for the course in any country that considers itself to be a modern society.)

    Remember this. modern society/nations/economies need energy to survive and thrive. PV(renewables) are just another source of energy. that is how i look at this debate first; secondly i consider all the other things that we both may share and agree/disagree on.

    Just saying.

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  • @ Freedom Crier February 17, 2019 8:57 PM
    “What makes you think that Solar Electricity is Cheap? People getting you to pay your light bill for the next 20 years up-front, you might as well pay it piece by piece as in Buying Electricity.

    Have your Read your Electric Bill? Don’t you see that between the Vat and the Taxes on the Fuel, Constitute more than 1/3 of your Electric Cost?”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    FC, you have raised, albeit accidentally, a most electrifying point.

    Why would the revenue-starved Bajan government bite off such an easy taxation hand that feeds it monthly?

    The politicians can talk all the heated bull until the solar panel cows come home but they are not prepared to slaughter one of its prized taxation milch cows.

    How else would the government recoup this massive drop in taxation easily collected on the electricity bills if the majority of consumers go off grid?
    Raised property taxes astronomically to make up for the inevitable easy-money shortfall?

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ millertheanunnaki February 18, 2019 11:49 AM

    U have raised a big big point. How will the tax authorities raise or maintain the tax revenues? That is part of this never ending soap opera. Give it time govt will find some way of taxing the sunshine. Actually that is the overall aim of all govt. Find a way to tax u on the sunshine and the air you breathe.

    Barbados has a slender tax base. There is personal/corp income tax, consumption style taxes, levies , duties, etc. All you need to do is look to the north or the industrialised nations. Once they have settled on a taxing regime it will be imported customised and implemented. Barbados has never invented a tax. We import taxation ideas and customise it to the domestic landscape.

    The real issue imo is will this tax be fair? Will it be a user tax or a generation tax. I prefer it to be a generation tax as i write this, but in ten years we don’t what tech will be around thus shaping the entire landscape and taxing MO by govt..

    If a major breakthrough happens in SPS or solar storage; it may turn the electricity utility industry up-side-down.

    Just saying

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  • Government is taxing yet there is a budget deficit?

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ David February 18, 2019 12:32 PM

    Govt is much better at spending than it is at taxing and way better than maintaing.

    in the USA the democrats are often accused of being a tax and spend party.

    In Barbados we tax & spend & dont fix or maintain? 😉

    Just smiling

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  • Sir Fuzzy a lot of what you have said in reference to the Half full and Half Empty Glass is True and we have to move forward, but we have enough information about PV to know that it is not viable. Please read what I have said… (1) If it was viable all the European Countries would have done it and they are now discontinuing the PV … (2) Even in the Desert Regions of America PV is proving Problematic… (3) it is also a Cult like following so Reason is Suspended and Emotion Rules…(4) No more PV Panels are being sold in any Quantities to the Developed Countries attention has been focused on smaller players. When it is Instituted it can never fulfil its Promise and the Population Pays through Extremely Higher Rates…(5) The Higher the PV Dependence the Higher the Rates…(6) The Local Power Company will be charging Interest on its Capital and Depreciation on its Out Lay all of which does not depend on 1 Wat Electricity being produced…(7) We the Barbadians will be asked to pay for 20 years of Electricity in FOREX whether it works or not…(8) this is OLD TECHNOLOGY a lot of people are working on New Technology… (9) Tesla the Man drew Electricity from the air and drove his car for a hundred miles and when the reporters told him that he did it by the power of the devil he packed up and went home, he was financially ruined by an Ex-Partner and upon his Death the Government raided his home and confiscated all of his research. How long again do you think that someone reinvents that?

    I submitted an Article to David hoping that it will be published titled “Can it be that Wind and Solar Energy is a Complete Fraud?” Certainly this Article Clarifies the matter!! It is in our National Interest that the Government be Dissuaded from having Barbadians pay Exorbitant Electricity Rates. High Electricity Rates would cause Barbados Development to be at a Standstill. We cannot afford this mistake at this time or ever. No Industry can Survive the Onslaught of a Massive Cost of Electricity disguised as improving the Environment! Look at who is Promoting the Solar Panels. BL&P will now have to Charge Interest on the Capital Development and Charge Depreciation Expenses on the same plant even without producing 1Kilowatt. They will be making Nuff money at the Expense of Barbadians. This is Cahill with a Smile on its face!! Fool me once shame on you, fool me Twice shame on me.

    Sir Fuzzy surely you would not want to be Instrumental in the Demise of our Nation!!!

    Tesla the Car Is a Household Name. Long Ago, So Was Nikola

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  • millertheanunnaki
    February 18, 2019 11:49 AM

    Here is a Snippet from the Article Submitted to BU that may open our Eyes…

    Green Energy is the Perfect Scam

    Ironically, electric utility companies love wind and solar green energy. They know perfectly well that wind and solar are useless because wind and solar generate electricity erratically and have to be backed up by reliable conventional electric generating plants. The only economic benefit is the fuel saved in the backup plants when wind or solar is actually generating electricity. But the cost of the wind or solar electricity is much higher than the benefit of fuel saved. Thus, the more wind or solar that you have, the more money you lose. But, electric utilities are regulated by public utilities commissions. The amount of profit they are allowed is calculated as a fraction of the utilities’ capital investment. So, the utilities want to make capital investments, even if those investments are wind and solar plants that waste money on a grand scale. The electricity consumers bear the cost and the utilities are allowed a larger profit.

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  • @sirFuzzy

    Nothing will change until behaviour modification takes place at household and government. This is the cycle we are in lockstep. It will take charismatic leaders in the political and private sector arenas to blast the thing wide open.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ David February 18, 2019 1:22 PM

    Or some earth shattering event domestically regionally or internationally to make us see the light.

    Some are enlighten some need to see the light some will never see the light.

    Just think Puerto Rico; BTW we have a hurricane season every year without fail and its will start Jun 1st 2019.

    The other natural disaster have start dates, we just dont know what they are.

    Noah got a heads-up from God, he told his neighbours to wisen up. A small few paid any heed.

    Just saying and hoping we take heed ans wisen up.

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  • History is a guide and they say it repeats itself.

    While Nero fiddled Rome was blazing.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 18, 2019 1:21 PM

    There is information and there is data. You have data & info sources.

    I will bring your attention Puerto Rico. My ambition about Pv is not to see it from the PV Utility side.

    An individual that can produce his own energy is more independent. There is a cost of interdependence and independence and dependence

    We are in a hurricane zone. Today many small solar pv system are begin built to supply essential electricity to residents in PR because the grid is still down in certain areas. Electricity is the energy of the modern day world. If you can produce a portionof your own needs you are ina better position

    if i looked at food security. If i followed your rationale, we should never produce any food locally because its cheaper to import?

    What happen when you cannot import your needs because of whatever reason. We as a country need to see things for what they are. when push comes to shove expect a shove.

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  • David The Green Movement is Right Up Hillary Beckles Communist Alley….

    The green energy scam is the perfect scam because the beneficiaries include many influential individuals and institutions, while the victims are dispersed among large numbers of unorganized people.

    Government agencies, and the politicians that give the agencies money, have embraced the threat of climate change. It gives them something to do that is more noble, even romantic than highways and making the trains run on time. The government spends billions on subsidizing wind and solar energy.

    The biggest victim of the green energy scam is the public in general. Everybody pays more taxes and pays more for energy as a consequence of the scam. The public has been exposed to relentless propaganda promoting green energy as beneficial and less expensive. The public is the greatest victim, but most people don’t know that they are being victimized, so there is little incentive to organize against the scam.

    The Question is How much Beckels is being paid for his Part in this Scam?

    Environmentalists are Communists…YES THEY ARE!

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  • While Nero fiddled Rome was blazing.
    While Barbados is blazing some of the locals are talking shit on BU.

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  • @ SirFuzzy (Former Sheep) February 18, 2019 1:51 PM

    I also believe in Self Sufficiency hence the Freedom Crier Article which you may remember…Barbados Improvements Part 3: Agriculture…https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/08/01/barbados-improvements-part-3-agriculture/.

    So to imply “if i looked at food security. If i followed your rationale, we should never produce any food locally because its cheaper to import?” is an Emotional Untruth!!

    I totally agree with you to have Energy Independence on an individual basis, as they are the ones responsible for their own decisions and when the finances permit I will consider PV once again if the space is available to power our home.

    What I do not agree with is the Government making those decisions for individuals if they want it or not because the cost of those decisions will ultimately fall on us collectively. And rather than individuals being out of electricity in a hurricane everyone will be out of electricity at times of such a Crisis.

    The BL&P are far more equipped to fix some down poles and transformers than fields of Solar Panels being blown to Smithereens.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 18, 2019 3:34 PM

    Thank you, for seeing some light. This was a topic on “solar energy; pv etc ” from an investment perspective for the most part.

    You seem to have a fixation on a political ideology that you manage to drag into every conversation or post. I have read and seen many of your comments on other topics in the past.

    I will state this much; many that oppose an ideology are often willing to replace it with their version of tyranny or their version of an ideology. All ideologies pick the winners and losers. its human nature. the debate will never cease.

    In my opinion all of these “isms” by in large have failed the same masses that were lead to believe it was a saviour or solution.

    The system that will eventually be triumphant is a “monarchy” – A God/Jesus lead one. U cant bribe GOD. a man that already OWNS everything. 🙂 I am sure some will try though. lol

    We as human are great at finding ways to elevate the few while the majority suffer. Its the size of PR machine that makes a temporary difference before it all tumbles down. Making evil acts look like acts of a saint; the purpose of the PR machine.
    However, the human nature at its core is corrupt and that will only produce corruption and their offspring( like greed; lust for power; wars etc).

    How many unnecessary wars in the recent past where started by evil hearted leaders in communist; capitalist and socialist nations.
    I guess the answers is ALL of them. In the last hundred years we only really had communist and socialist and capitalist running amok on the planet earth. The previous mode of leadership(kings and emperors etc ) were replaced by the communist socialist and capitalist but theirs heart of man remains EVIL.

    (Capitalism -/+ socialism -/+ communism) x the evil nature of man = failure(suffering of the many for the few to succeed).

    Btw which ideology do you believe is best for (a) Barbados and (b) the world?

    Just ranting or thinking aloud.

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  • February 19, 2019 8:43 AM @ Freedom Crier…“You seem to have a fixation on a political ideology… ”

    I have one view point and I see through the prism of Freedom to Choose and Individual Freedom to act without infringing on another same rights. They are only Two Ideologies in the world, one of Freedom the other of Tyranny and its Variances and it is up to us in this world to Choose.

    “I will state this much; many that oppose an ideology are often willing to replace it…”

    Have you read the American Constitution, it guarantees the rights of all, not what you see the present politicians try to change it into. It is not warlike.

    “In my opinion all of these “isms” by in large have failed the same masses that were lead to believe it was a saviour or solution…”

    People themselves are corrupt and they try to change that which is good to what they want their agenda, not an agenda of Freedom, but that is mostly our fault we want someone to rule over us as recorded in Samuel says “we want a king to rule over us” and not think for ourselves it is easier to have someone tell us what to do, we want to give up our sovereignty to another and have them rule over us.

    “The system that will eventually be triumphant is a “monarchy” – A God/Jesus lead one…”

    Yes I agree completely but even God in my opinion will want us to rule ourselves when we will make the right decisions as in Elijah; God gave him His Power to do with as he desired as in, by his word was the heavens closed.

    “We as human are great at finding ways to elevate the few while the majority suffer. Its the size of PR machine … However, the human nature at its core is corrupt…”

    We are always unequal, unequal in goods, brains etc. but we are equal under his law under righteous judgement.

    “How many unnecessary wars in the recent past where started by evil hearted….”

    People that Believe in Freedom will not enslave others it is those that do not believe in Freedom that will enslave those that do.

    “Btw which ideology do you believe is best for (a) Barbados and (b) the world?…”

    The ideology that is best for Barbados is the same for the rest of the world but all men are not at the same level of understanding nor do all desire Freedom, we want our kings to rule over us and as the passage continue to say “I will be slow to hear your cries”

    “Just ranting or thinking aloud.”

    Good ranting and raving keep thinking and asking questions you cannot get an answer unless the question is asked. We have to want to know before God will give His answers “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7)

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 19, 2019 7:04 PM

    Answer me this. Which is preferred. ” the freedom of choice ” or “the choice of freedom”?

    Just musing

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  • The cost of electricity coming from renewable sources has been plummeting and we’re now reaching the point in which such energy is cheaper than burning fossil fuels. A situation that seemed like just a fantasy a decade ago has now become reality.

    This is highlighted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)’s latest research….

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  • In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22 percent. It’s a welcome statistic for those seeking to refute Donald Trump’s assertion that green energy projects are bad news for the American economy.

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  • Energy democracy and equity
    The energy system has long been dominated by monopoly utilities extracting profit from our communities at our expense. They’ve traditionally controlled where our energy comes from and how much we pay for it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A new energy system built on core values of democracy, equity, fairness, and local control is what we deserve. And it’s being built as we speak.

    A democratic energy system is one that directs benefits and control back to local communities. We envision rooftop solar as the cornerstone of this new democratic energy system. Critical to its success will be making sure that everyone has access to solar electricity and can benefit from its many values. Electric bill savings, job creation, community health and development—these are the reasons we’re fighting for energy democracy.

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  • Even though Google Sensor, if you look good they cannot Sensor ALL the Truth out. There is no Question that Rock33 is the PR Person employed in this PV Project! He is deliberately mixing up the Decisions of a private person to install PV with those of Government insisting that Bajan’s pay for PV.

    A Man’s own decisions, the consequences of that will fall at him. By Government pushing for this PV electricity means the cost will be borne by every household whither it works or not. I do not want to pay for a Failure and it will be a Failure and it has proven to be a Failure many times over, and one that we Bajan’s cannot afford.

    This is not about having Bajan’s interest at heart; this is about your employers interest at the Core of this Scam, to put the Noose around our necks in the guise of environmental BS and Democracy. Let them save the rest of the world and we will follow. Do not make us the Guinea Pigs!

    Green energy is an incredible money-making scam. The promoters of green energy make billions of dollars promoting dumb energy schemes that are completely useless. What makes the scam extremely clever is that the scammers have convinced the public that the purpose of their scam is to improve the environment. The scammers pretend to be earnest environmental advocates.

    Any really good scam needs endorsements from authoritative sounding sources. In the case of green energy, the authoritative sources are in on the scam. The beneficiaries of the green energy scam go way beyond the wind and solar industries.

    Question (1) Say unequivocally the cost to the Consumer of Electricity is going to Decrease and not tell me that you are going to get electricity for free because there is still the Capital Cost to recover, Grease money to recover, the maintenance cost to recover and you are still paying for the Traditional BL&P Plant ready and running 24/7 as a backup.

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  • As far as Rooftop Solar is Concerned here is some US Data on the Reality of the Cost!

    In some parts of the country rooftop solar is fashionable. Homeowners who install rooftop solar often save money because the reduction in cost of electricity from the utility is greater than the cost of the solar electricity. These homeowners brag to their friends about how clever they are, and the purveyors of rooftop solar place advertisements claiming that rooftop solar is cheaper than buying electricity from the electric company. This is part of the scam. Rooftop solar is profitable because it is Heavily Subsidized and because the electric utility is Forced, by the governmental authorities, to provide a connection to back up the solar without compensating remuneration. The real cost of rooftop solar electricity, exclusive of subsidies, is around 30-cents per kilowatt hour and the real benefit is around two cents per kilowatt hour from fuel saved in the utility’s backup plants. The subsidy, financed by taxpayers and electricity consumers, is greater than ninety percent.

    Hundreds of thousands of home owners, under the delusion that they have discovered cheaper electricity, are walking and talking advertisements for solar energy.

    The biggest victim of the green energy scam is the public in general. Everybody pays more taxes and pays more for energy as a consequence of the scam. But the waste of billions of dollars may not be noticeable when spread over the 320 million Americans. The public has been exposed to relentless propaganda promoting green energy as beneficial and less expensive. The public is the greatest victim, but most people don’t know that they are being victimized.

    Green energy is the perfect scam because it is disguised as a do-good movement and the victims are dispersed, unorganized and disarmed by propaganda. Green energy is endorsed by government agencies, environmental non-profits, and scientific groups. These are people that are often seen as sources of reliable information but that, in reality, work to promote their own parochial interests. This is a scam that needs to be exposed.

    If we as Bajan’s have to pay for all the Subsidies God Help Us!!

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  • A response to the garbage written by Green Monkey.

    Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

    Photovoltaic (PV) modules typically come with 20 year warranties that guarantee that the panels will produce at least 80% of the rated power after 20 years of use.

    Degradation Rates
    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) performed a meta-analysis of studies that examined the long term degradation rates of various PV panels. They found that the 1% per year rule was somewhat pessimistic for panels made prior to the year 2000, and today’s panels, with better technology and improved manufacturing techniques, have even more stamina than their predecessors. For monocrystalline silicon, the most commonly used panel for commercial and residential PV, the degradation rate is less than 0.5% for panels made before 2000, and less than 0.4% for panels made after 2000. That means that a panel manufactured today should produce 92% of its original power after 20 years, quite a bit higher than the 80% estimated by the 1% rule.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 20, 2019 10:39 AM

    Answer me this question.

    Are any fossil fuels industries granted any subsidies by any tax authority in North America?

    If the answer is yes, then what would be the true cost of the generation of electricity using these fossil fuels?

    If u are a fair person in presenting your facts or ideas u need to compare apples with apples etc.

    I am guessing that dont know the actual subsidies figures for the fossil fuel industries ; but in your writing please indicate or acknowledge the existence of govt subsidies for the production of fossil fuels and he subsequent production of electricity.

    Just asking.

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  • Sir Fuzzy what is you Beef about using Fossil Fuel and why? Why is Carbon Emissions Pollution? Do you think you can eat without Carbon Dioxide?

    The Drastic Increase in Electricity and Gasoline with the Non Existence of Climate Change is to push people in the Direction of ending support for fossil fuel exploration; ending support for coal mining; ending support for oil and gas production; ending support for fossil fuel-based power; and ending support for fossil fuel use.

    Climate Extremism is part of the Totalitarian attack on Democracy…

    REMEMBER, deceiving the people was never the hard bit, convincing them they have been deceived is!

    Hopefully these Video will open your eyes…Seek & you will find…

    Lord Christopher Monckton – Global Warming is a Hoax

    Monckton’s Mathematical Proof – Climate Sensitivity is Low

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Freedom Crier February 22, 2019 9:31 AM

    I just think you are not being fair in your writing/posting.

    I have no beef with the fossil fuels sector. I just know that unless u are using RE to generate electricity u are more than likely using fossil fuel for the generation of it.

    However, you are continuously hammering the point of subsidies for the Renewables etc. All i am saying is if you are so aware of the issue of subsidies etc, you should be equally aware of the subsidies to the fossil fuel sector. Your research or data on the topic should have indicated that to you.

    If you read what i write it dont knock the other sources of energy. “I dont have a beef”. I see energy for what it is. I am just saying that PV is another source.

    Be fair in your posting or writing that is all i am suggesting. If you find honesty incompatible to your arguments then u may need to rethink your arguments….

    just saying

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  • Sir Fuzzy please do not live up to your name Fuzzy…It is not the first time you have challenged my honesty…

    Most Countries and most industries over the period of years have extracted some form of Subsidy from the Governments they operate under. The Subsidies may consist of very high tariffs (duties) to encourage a local component, or very Low Tariffs to intact their agenda. They are other types of Subsidies that are regulatory that are not apparent such as, accelerated depreciation schedules or rebates based on some criteria. This is common among all industries over all Governments, but the glaring example of Subsidies in all types of these things I have mentioned are so Glaring for the PV’s or the RE’s and they still Cannot Compete and their Power Output is Erratic.

    We would be doing the Barbadian Public a Great Disservice by allowing Government Mandated PV & RE. As previously Stated more than once that an individual is Free to install PV for themselves, that is the Nature of Freedom. But Government mandated PV & RE is the Nature of Tyranny.

    As you can see I am living up to my name of Crying Aloud for Freedom.

    I implore you to watch the videos Shared.

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  • In February, the National Energy Action nonprofit estimated that the U.K. experiences 32,000 “excess deaths” each winter and that 9,700 of them are attributable to living in cold homes.

    Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average real price of residential electricity in the United States fell by nearly half, from 22 cents in 1960 to 12 cents in 2005. Since then, the price has stalled at around 13 cents per kWh.

    “Despite increases in the number and the average size of homes plus increased use of electronics,” the EIA noted in 2012, “improvements in efficiency for space heating, air conditioning, and major appliances have all led to decreased consumption per household.”

    As a result, net electric power generation has been essentially flat since 2005.

    Still, the EIA’s residential energy consumption survey found in 2015 that “about one in five households reported reducing or forgoing basic necessities like food and medicine to pay an energy bill.”

    A 2014 white paper released by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources calculated that for every 10 percent increase in home energy costs, 840,000 Americans would be pushed below the poverty line.

    Without the recent proliferation of state and federal renewable power mandates, it is likely that the price of electricity would have continued its decline and fewer American households would now be unduly burdened by their energy bills.

    On the other hand, electricity prices in Germany and the U.K., which are being driven up by such mandates, show that the situation could definitely be worse.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @FC

    Have a nice day and continue in your efforts to do whatever u think is correct.

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  • I will Certainly Try to do what is right… It took me a long time to understand the Differences between Freedom and Tyranny and what causes it and as I get older and my time is shorter, I must speak my piece for soon we will go the way of the earth.

    A Blessed Life to you Sir Fuzzy…. Do what is Right and let the Consequences Follow!

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  • Experts blame oil firms, govt for 11,000 infants’ death in one year

    New research from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, has demonstrated for the first time how oil spills are increasing mortality rates among newborns in the Niger Delta of the country.

    The new study by Prof. Roland Hodler and Research Assistant, Anna Breuderle, from the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen, found that of the 16,000 infants killed within the first month of their life in 2012, 70 per cent – that is around 11,000 infants – would have survived their first year in the absence of oil spills.

    The study titled “The Effect of Oil Spills on Infant Mortality: Evidence from Nigeria” was published September 14, 2017, in Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESifo) .

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  • @Freedomcrier.
    Babies in Nigeria are twice as likely to die in the first month of life if their mothers were living near an oil spill before falling pregnant, researchers have found.

    A new study, the first to link environmental pollution with newborn and child mortality rates in the Niger Delta, shows that oil spills occurring within 10km of a mother’s place of residence doubled neonatal mortality rates and impaired the health of her surviving children…….

    The Guardian,

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  • @freedomcrier

    Nigeria: Study predicts “epidemic” of cancer in Nigeria’s oil producing region by 2025
    Author: Babatunde Akinsola, Naija247 News (Nigeria), Published on: 6 March 2017
    “Study predicts ‘epidemic’ of cancer in Nigeria’s oil producing region by 2025”, 27 Feb 2017

    A study suggests that with the rising cases of oil spills, pipeline destruction and gas production in the Niger Delta and over-dependence on petroleum products, Nigerians are in for a massive health catastrophe…A new study published in a journal, PLOS ONE, found that young people diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukaemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to others diagnosed with other types of cancer…The study is titled “Childhood hematologic cancer and residential proximity to oil and gas development.”…Meanwhile, studies published in American Journal of Environmental Sciences found that more residents of the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria are at a greater risk of developing different types of cancer due to exposure to crude oil pollutants. The studies, which predict ‘epidemic’ of cancers in oil producing areas of Nigeria by 2025, stated that more than 25 per cent of Nigerians are at an increased risk of developing cancer due to exposure to toxic chemicals from crude oil pollution, Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)…

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  • Old Industry & cancer

    1) Study Links Cancer to Living Within a Mile of Oil Wells

    A new study finds that young people with a rare type of cancer more often live near oil and gas sites than those with other cancers. The study, published today in the journal PLOS One, found that those diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are 4.3 times more likely to live in the densest area of active oil and gas wells ……

    2) Research shows oil workers at increased risk of skin cancer

    August 15, 2017Agency Report

    New research has shown that oil workers, who have had direct contact with crude oil and benzene have a much greater risk of developing skin cancer, public broadcaster NRK reported on Tuesday.

    Researchers at the Cancer Registry of Norway have investigated the incidence of skin cancer among 25,000 oil workers employed in the North Sea between 1965 and 1998.

    They found that the risk of skin cancer increases with the duration of skin contact with benzene and crude at the work…….

    3) Cancer risks elevated in areas near oil and gas wells, per new study

    NATASHA GEILING

    A new study from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that living near oil and gas operations could result in exposure to dangerously high levels of carcinogens like benzene, which has been linked to certain kinds of cancers, like leukemia……

    4) The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

    The most authoritative study of its kind reveals how fracking is contaminating the air and water – and imperiling the health of millions of Americans

    JUSTIN NOBEL, Rolling Stone..

    FRACKING
    tied to cancer-causing chemicals

    Lauren Vogel, CMAJ

    A review of chemicals released into air and water by fracking has identified 55 that may cause cancer, including 20 that have been shown to increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma. The Yale Public Health analysis warns that millions of people living within a mile of fracking wells may have been exposed to these chemicals……

    FRACKING COULD INCREASE RISK OF CANCER, NEW STUDY FINDS

    BY CONOR GAFFEY ON 5/14/15 , Newsweek.
    Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Cincinnati found that hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, releases polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are linked to cancers and respiratory diseases……..

    Researchers have linked US fracking to higher rates of cancer and heart conditions

    Richard Valdmanis, Reuters
    Jul 16, 2015.
    BOSTON (Reuters) – People who live in areas near hydraulic fracturing are more likely to be hospitalized for heart conditions, neurological illnesses and cancer, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University…..

    Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Finds

    October 24, 2016. An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing have the potential to contaminate air and water in nearby communities…..

    Diesel exhaust fumes ‘definitely’ cause cancer – should we be worried?

    Cancer Research UK, June 14, 2012, Henry Scowcroft .

    Exhaust fumes have been conclusively linked to lung cancer.

    Today the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – part of the World Health Organisation – announcedthat it had reclassified diesel exhaust as a ‘definite carcinogen’ – putting it in its highest category (Category 1)…

     A study of leukemia risk in relation to gasoline Spill in Pennsylvania, USA, suggested a dose-response re- lationship between atmospheric benzene levels <1p.p.m. and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML )[38]. Moreover, recent studies have detected genotoxic effects and altered gene expression linked to leukemia among workers exposed to low levels of benzene (i.e. …

    In 2013, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified gasoline engine exhaust as possibly carcinogenic to humans(Group 2B).[

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  • 1) Study Links Cancer to Living Within a Mile of Oil Wells

    A new study finds that young people with a rare type of cancer more often live near oil and gas sites than those with other cancers. The study, published today in the journal PLOS One, found that those diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are 4.3 times more likely to live in the densest area of active oil and gas wells ……

    2) Research shows oil workers at increased risk of skin cancer

    August 15, 2017Agency Report

    New research has shown that oil workers, who have had direct contact with crude oil and benzene have a much greater risk of developing skin cancer, public broadcaster NRK reported on Tuesday.

    Researchers at the Cancer Registry of Norway have investigated the incidence of skin cancer among 25,000 oil workers employed in the North Sea between 1965 and 1998.

    They found that the risk of skin cancer increases with the duration of skin contact with benzene and crude at the work…….

    3) Cancer risks elevated in areas near oil and gas wells, per new study

    NATASHA GEILING

    A new study from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that living near oil and gas operations could result in exposure to dangerously high levels of carcinogens like benzene, which has been linked to certain kinds of cancers, like leukemia……

    4) The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

    The most authoritative study of its kind reveals how fracking is contaminating the air and water – and imperiling the health of millions of Americans

    JUSTIN NOBEL, Rolling Stone..

    FRACKING
    tied to cancer-causing chemicals

    Lauren Vogel, CMAJ

    A review of chemicals released into air and water by fracking has identified 55 that may cause cancer, including 20 that have been shown to increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma. The Yale Public Health analysis warns that millions of people living within a mile of fracking wells may have been exposed to these chemicals……

    FRACKING COULD INCREASE RISK OF CANCER, NEW STUDY FINDS

    BY CONOR GAFFEY ON 5/14/15 , Newsweek.
    Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Cincinnati found that hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, releases polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are linked to cancers and respiratory diseases……..

    Researchers have linked US fracking to higher rates of cancer and heart conditions

    Richard Valdmanis, Reuters
    Jul 16, 2015.
    BOSTON (Reuters) – People who live in areas near hydraulic fracturing are more likely to be hospitalized for heart conditions, neurological illnesses and cancer, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University…..

    Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Finds

    October 24, 2016. An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing have the potential to contaminate air and water in nearby communities…..

    Diesel exhaust fumes ‘definitely’ cause cancer – should we be worried?

    Cancer Research UK, June 14, 2012, Henry Scowcroft .

    Exhaust fumes have been conclusively linked to lung cancer.

    Today the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – part of the World Health Organisation – announcedthat it had reclassified diesel exhaust as a ‘definite carcinogen’ – putting it in its highest category (Category 1)…

     A study of leukemia risk in relation to gasoline Spill in Pennsylvania, USA, suggested a dose-response re- lationship between atmospheric benzene levels <1p.p.m. and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML )[38]. Moreover, recent studies have detected genotoxic effects and altered gene expression linked to leukemia among workers exposed to low levels of benzene (i.e. …

    In 2013, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified gasoline engine exhaust as possibly carcinogenic to humans(Group 2B).[

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  • Air pollution killing more people than smoking, fossil fuels to blame
    Phil Dzikiy –
    Mar. 12th 2019 1:01 pm ET.

    Exposure to air pollution is now a bigger killer worldwide than smoking, according to a new study.

    The study, from European Heart Journal, estimates 8.79 million “excess deaths” from ambient air pollution in 2015. A new global exposure mortality model used in the study caused estimates to skyrocket up from 4.55 million. (WHO estimated 4.2 million premature deaths from ambient air pollution in 2016.)

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  • ” Air pollution deaths are double previous estimates, finds research
    Researchers say dirty air is killing 800,000 people a year in Europe, and urge the phasing out of fossil fuel burning.”

    Damian Carrington Environment editor,
    The Guardian.

    It would be nice to hear a response on this from Freedom Crier.

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  • @ Freedom Crier.

    Gas hobs and boilers could be BANNED from new homes within six years to meet carbon emissions targets

    ” Gas hobs and boilers could be banned from new homes by 2025 to meet carbon emissions targets. The proposals, from the Committee on Climate Change, said newly-built properties should rely on low-carbon heating and cooking equipment such as induction hobs .”

    By Jake Hurfurt For The Daily Mail
    01:58 21 Feb 2019, updated 23:57 21 Feb 2019.

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  • End of the gas hob as government advisers say new homes should be ‘off gas grid’ by 2025

    Gas hobs could be banned from being installed in new homes within seven years

    Jillian Ambrose
    21 FEBRUARY 2019 • 12:01 AM

    ” Gas hobs could be banned from being installed in new homes within seven years over fears that they are harming the environment.

    Under new plans unveiled on Thursday by climate watchdogs no new homes will be connected to the gas grid after 2025 at the latest, in order for the UK to meet its legally binding climate targets. “

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