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Look, it's renewable, ok? Josh 227


We are speechless. Maybe a cartoon will help.

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Jun 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM | Registered CommenterPharos


Jun 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

Green Frog?

Nah, Josh has it right.

GPP: Green Porker Power.

Cracklin' !!

Jun 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerryM

No doubt the power generated by the "support" fuel will attract the same high tariff as if it had been produced by wind?

Jun 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM | Unregistered Commenterktwop


No doubt whatsoever we'll be stuffed into paying road fuel duty on top of FIT thievery.

Jun 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

Is the generator turning the windmill?

Jun 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

*lol* - Seems the old word "greenmailing" needs a new definition?

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterBebben

Quick work, Josh - excellent! :-)

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

But pigs with opposable thumbs? That is worrying...

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Surely we must be approaching Peak Eco-lunacy now?

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

At a windy petrol fill-up a Latina swirled a Monroe train vent skirt flourish and told me that many of the old American automobiles in Cuba are now fitted with Mitsubishi diesels.

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Josh is getting lots of practice at drawing pigs.

Is there a pig equivalent to Stubbs? Maybe we should start collecting.

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

"Vehicle to Grid (V2G)" springs to mind, though I wasn't imagining we'd be wiring our diesel cars up to the grid

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM | Registered CommenterAndy Scrase

Is the little "£" bag there to insulate the fuel line during spring?

No, not needed anymore, subsidised greasing has eradicated "waxing".

Jun 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

"The creatures outside looked from wind to diesel, and from diesel to wind, and from wind to diesel again; but already it was impossible to say which was which"

Jun 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM | Unregistered Commentermrsean2k

The pic that knocked me out was the Greenfrog shot of the yard full of standby gen sets with a pylon in the background!! Really FFS - when is one of our politicians going to wake up and think:

"er, is this really how the sixth largest economy in the world should be organising its power grid for the 21st century?"

None of them will though - not a frickin clue the lot of 'em. Somewhere, in the rooms of those who do understand and who are raking it in from this drivel, the tears must be rolling down their faces as they watch us disintegrate trying to meet our eu targets. And then, just when they are pulling themselves together, it must be knicker wetting time when they read shiz like this at the BBC:

"Also, for quite technical reasons, when the larger nuclear power stations come on line in the next 10 years, we also need this flexible response to provide our safety margins."

Wot? We're gonna have a GigaWatt of gensets in car parks???

Jun 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

Such an improvement on the original Geoffrey Boulton and Newcoming design that used HP whitewash and Post-Modern Vacuuity to bring about the Industrial Evolution. To think that mankind could find a use for such oddities as liquid coal to keep the windmills of old blighty turning is amazingly amazing.
Three cheers, I say, to all those clever boffins who've played a total blinder!

Jun 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR


...But pigs with opposable thumbs? That is worrying.....

You will find a lot of them in Parliament...

Jun 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer


..Is there a pig equivalent to Stubbs?..

Bill Lister in P G Wodehouse's 'Full Moon' takes on the name of "Messmore Breamworthy", the celebrated pig painter in order to do a portrait of the 'Empress of Blandings'...

Jun 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Can I suggest you put a link in to the madness that inspired the cartoon, for the benefit of passers-by ?
[Good idea - done]

Jun 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM | Unregistered Commentermrsean2k

Dodgy - thanks, I had forgotten that and have now taken out my copy to reread. Depicting pigs is far from straightforward - although the difference here is that the pig was beloved.

I quite like the title "Empress of Blandings" for certain politicians, even though they are allegedly male.

Jun 13, 2013 at 2:17 AM | Registered Commenterjohanna

It's gotta be green, it comes from the diesel plant!

Jun 13, 2013 at 4:44 AM | Unregistered Commenterjim

Now if we could just nourish these pigs with tonyb's tomato slugs. Who needs to gravel the daffodils?

Jun 13, 2013 at 4:51 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Jun 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM | Unregistered Commenter kim

What a lovely picture you paint...

I was in Cuba in 2001 and remember the old American automobiles still in pristine condition. The Latinas weren't too bad either...

Jun 13, 2013 at 5:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh.

The pic that knocked me out was the Greenfrog shot of the yard full of standby gen sets with a pylon in the background!!

And based on potential for future gridouts best just cut out the middlepig and fit a gen-set to your house.

Jun 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

Mental images of abstractions are interesting. A pig is often used to symbolise relentless revolting selfishness and self-indulgence. This wonderful cartoon will help it come to mind when Greenieness does.

Jun 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Bio-diesel obviously?

Jun 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

I look forward to Josh's take on this jocular announcement form the Chinese Academy Of Science :

The Chinese translation of the “Climate Change Reconsidered—NIPCC report” was organized by the Information Center for Global Change Studies, published in May 2013 through Science Press, with an accompanying workshop on climate change issues in Beijing on June 15, 2013. However, the Heartland Institute published the news titled “Chinese Academy of Sciences publishes Heartland Institute research skeptical of Global Warming” in a strongly misleading way on its website, implying that the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) supports their views, in contrary to what is clearly stated in the Translators’ Note in the Chinese translation.

The claim of the Heartland Institute about CAS’ endorsement of its report is completely false. To clarify the fact, we formally issue the following statements:
(1) The translation and publication of the Chinese version of the NIPCC report, and the related workshop, are purely non-official academic activities the group of translators. They do not represent, nor they have ever claimed to represent, CAS or any of CAS institutes. They translated the report and organized the workshop just for the purpose of academic discussion of different views.

(2) The above fact was made very clear in the Translators’ Note in the book, and was known to the NIPCC report authors and the Heartland Institute before the translation started. The false claim by the Heartland Institute was made public without any knowledge of the translator group.
(3) Since there is absolutely no ground for the so called CAS endorsement of the report, and the actions by the Heartland Institute went way beyond acceptable academic integrity, we have requested by email to the president of the Heartland Institute that the false news on its website to be removed. We also requested that the Institute issue a public apology to CAS for the misleading statement on the CAS endorsement.

(4) If the Heartland Institute does not withdraw its false news or refuse to apologize, all the consequences and liabilities should be borne by the Heartland Institute. We reserve the right for further actions to protect the rights of CAS and the translators group.
Information Center for Global Change Studies,

Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, June 14, 2013.

Jun 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

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