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@RC Re VW battery factory might be a kite flying exercise, but the story will come out eventually
I can't imagine many decisions being firmly made before the US elections.

Tesla will probably end up buying VW batteries as it's own factory ends up being years late.. as is Tesla's habit.

May 28, 2016 at 7:41 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@RC linked to the Express.. I looked expecting crap.. I was surprised
"Until this study, scientists thought sulphuric acid, largely produced with fossil fuel emissions, was needed to form secondary aerosols, and therefore responsible for the bulk of global warming* aerosols."

(I thought the aerosols were a cooling effect since they block some sun)
So the article is not instantly naileable as junk, but I'll wait,

Maybe the Express just ran such a boring serious article for the poll a the bottom
"Is the threat of global warming exaggerated?" 90% say yes

May 28, 2016 at 7:26 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Green Sand:

VW is a badge, not a brand ; VW, SEAT, Audi, they are all the same cars, just different names and different prices.

May 28, 2016 at 1:19 AM | Registered CommenterSalopian

Robert Christopher

I oft wonder just how corrosive brand names can become? Once trusted VW is now to be associated with battery acid and rare earths?

Tis a funny old environmentally friendly world in which we prosper.

May 28, 2016 at 12:33 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand


C'est la vie!

Over 30/40 years I have enjoyed a few such meals with friends in La Belle. Some in the auberge, madam argues with le chef over TV - game show v football. Chef firmly attached to Gauloises, mutton stew superb.

I feel safer driving on the wrong side of the road in France than I do on the right side in the UK. I am a Francophile, in many, many, ways. Just don't see how our friends in France should be involved in governing the UK and from experience the feeling is very mutual. One of the major reasons why I love France and enjoy being there is - vive la difference!


" something about De Gaulle being right." - somehow sounds familiar as does

"Men can have friends, statesmen cannot",

That was De Gaulle then, are his sentiments still true today?:-

"France has no friends, only interests." Of course they are!

Yet whenever Britain looks to its "interests" we are denigrated. Simply - no country has friends, only interests. Britain's interests are as valid as any other country's and citizens should rightly expect their elected to be 'Billy No Mates' - Le General?

Edit - apologies to all. Thought I was back on the Brexit discussion thread, history dictates two fronts is never good.

May 27, 2016 at 10:41 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

"A spokesman for V.W. described the report as “speculation”, but still surprising, if true:
V.W. 'to invest £8bn in battery factory' in a bid to reinvent itself as electric carmaker

May 27, 2016 at 10:29 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Just been round at our elderly French neighbours for a meal, I think they took pity on us because we're driving back to the UK over the weekend. Not because of the fuel blockages which doesn't seem to bother them or anyone round these parts, but because we're spending a week in the UK!! There was a lot of coverage of the BBC reporting on the blockades on the evening news on France2. More than the this morning's BFMTV coverage which seemed to be based on the Daily Telegraph's reporting including the excellent Matt cartoon. General gist this morning the English (sic) are mocking us and tonight's the BBC thinks that France is falling into anarchy

They were unaware of the the UK Brexit referendum and were quite surprised about it, if not about the anti-European sentiment in the UK,something about De Gaulle being right..

Anyway we had an excellent meal and a convivial evening, as we usually do on these occasions.

May 27, 2016 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

"MANKIND'S burning of fossil fuels may not be the primary cause of global warming, according to the shock results of a new study by scientists behind the Large Hadron Collider (LCH)."
Daily Express:
Has climate change been disproved? Large Hadron boffins cast shock DOUBT on global warming

May 27, 2016 at 7:57 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

The last fuel blockade in 2010 lasted 17 days I think. The French government has had barely six years to prepare for this. Margaret Thatcher stockpiled a year's worth of coal for power stations before tackling the miners, there are 3 months worth of fuel in France, not impressive planning. I don't think British holiday makers are anything but collateral damage in this dispute. From what I can gather the CGT union is basically an organisation run by extreme communists who have greater goals than upsetting Britain and Brexit would probably suit them quite well.

May 27, 2016 at 5:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

SandyS, I think the French authorities might decide to brave it out, just long enough to annoy the British. Not to affect the referendum, but just because they enjoy it.

Golf Charlie, we can dream but I fear that blockading the English is now so common that people don't question why we can be regularly held captive by the French.

May 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

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