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yeah, "The Echo" has previous and some of the fracking stories read like early 1950s пра̑вда

Nov 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM | Registered Commentertomo

@tomo Fill, in the blank - The price of which ____ (comodity) would drop dramatically if the CAGW scare ended
Is it possible that Alexander Lebedev owner of The Independent and Evening Standard or his close Russian Oiligarch friends have investments in __ ?
- Yes Indy has spun heavily towards CAGW for years
but I notice these days it's gone the same as Guardian in brazenly reporting things it must know are lies,

Nov 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


yup - The airborne saliva in the comments is just simply amazing.

My test comment was "The English EA (Ignoring Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) has more staff than all the environment agencies of other EU states combined - why?"

I hadn't thought about the quantity of pond clearers pictured - maybe the editorial staff are a little subversive? - I do hope so :-)

fwiw - we are unequivocally biased

Nov 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM | Registered Commentertomo

The BBC reports on Berlin's referendum yesterday for renationalising its electricity supply; it looks like Berliners have narrowly voted in favour of keeping the current providers:

There has been disappointment in Germany that privatisation of the energy grid has not always led to the hoped-for falls in prices and improvements in quality.

The switch from nuclear to solar and wind power has also led to a steep rise in electricity costs.

But the authorities in Berlin - which is already 60bn euros (£50bn; $80bn) in debt - said the city could not afford to renationalise the grid.

It has already bought back its water supply, and officials argued that buying the electricity grid as well would be too expensive.

For those watching the fortunes of Germany's "Energiewende", this may be the start of an interesting experiment. Hamburg has recently voted to "re-communalise" its energy supplies and Berlin has just voted against. We should be able to see which city does better, in the months and years to come.

Nov 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Having read the comments it's not surprising you ended up in Room 101. Did you see the responses this provoked

I didn't know there were that many of them; they must be falling over each other. 10,000? That's an Army Division!

The picture in article is pretty good too, 7 people dealing with a garden pond

Nov 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Komment Mach Frei - extended?

The Independent comment moderation is pretty heavy handed by the look of it. Tested moderation (mildly) on this story from different geographic locations. The chute into Room 101 seems fully operational. Perhaps they should consider re-branding as "The Echo".

Nov 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Tweeted just now by the editor of the Spectator

Fraser Nelson@FraserNelson
I love it. Chris Huhne tells the press it needs to "re-establish credibility".

via @guardian

Nov 3, 2013 at 11:14 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

The protests against the eco-tax, especially those in Brittany, make it into the BFMTV rolling news. Although I was under the impression that Hollande had suspended the tax the protests were still going on this morning.

Many Breton protestors have been wearing red berets/caps which I think is connecting to The Liberty Cap as worn during the French Revolution; so perhaps Hollande should be getting worried.

Nov 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Recently ? "When the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) recently"
....the article is from October 2012

Nov 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

The writer of that Chemistry article
I don't get this when everyone knows that 97% of scientists are NOT skeptics, the number of scientists writing skeptical letters to chemistry world is way higher than 3%

This squares with my subjective impression, on seeing the letters pages of Chemistry World (and its predecessor) over the years. The proportion of this magazine’s readers who are climate sceptics seems rather higher than the 3% of the world’s climate scientists apparently still undecided about the causes (or reality) of global warming. A letter from 2007 complaining about ‘the enormous resources being put into the campaign to bring down carbon emissions on the debatable belief that atmospheric carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change rather than the result of it’ is fairly representative of this subset.

..weird how he doesn't entertain the idea the 3% fig can be wrong.
..he's getting a kicking in the comments

He despairs that a famous chemist made a website with David Bellamy (banned by BBC thoughtpolice) pretty good

(I seem to remember seeing that the Royal Society of Chemistry has an alarmist event in Cambridge around this month, but I can't remember what)

Nov 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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