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Furthermore, these 53'000 pounds are certainly per person, so it makes 212'000 pounds for a family with 2 kids.
In Luxembourg (which is not known to be a poor area), minimum salary is around 2000 EUR, so for 2 adults with 2 kids and all social helps and some overtime work, maybe they can get up to 6000 EUR per month, or 72'000 EUR per year, still very far away of the 212'000 pounds. And lodging is very expensive, at least 12'000 to 15'000 EUR per year which also reduces CO2 emission possibilities (my boys have a friend who lives to 7 people - 2 parents, 2 kids and 1 grandmother -  in an old appartment with 2 sleeping rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living-room and it probably costs around 15'000 EUR per year).

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The best discussion from Katowice so far, unless you're part of the high flying climate glitterati.

Very good discussion indeed. Crazy idea to ask to the 10% most polluting people to produce only as much CO2 than an average European, and it's crazy to think that it would reduce emissions of 1/3.

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The rest / Re: Debt in a decreasing economy
« on: December 14, 2018, 06:13:18 PM »
There is one more thing I wanted to add. Most people do not understand this but debt is not created out of thin air (though some believe it is). For every debtor there is a lender.  Every dollar owed is a dollar owned by someone.

Well, it's not what I undertsood. I understood that banks can lend like (don't know exactly how much) 5 times more than what they own. This would be why lending money creates cash. I don't know exactly how it works and what it is good for, but banks can also lend or place money in the central bank, I see it as a balance because money doesn't always enter and leaves in the same proportions.

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The rest / Re: Debt in a decreasing economy
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:40:54 PM »
If people pay their loan back in a declining economy that hits consumption so the decline is even faster - the Keynes multiplier effect. The Keynes idea was for Governments to save when the economy was going well, and spend when the economy hit bad times.
I started this topic because I wonder if Keynes is still valid in a decreasing economy. He died in 1946, so he probably never thought that there would a limit to growth.
When I mean decreasing, I don't think at a crash, but at a voluntary decrease because of climate change, or an imposed one in the case where renewables wouldn't be built up fast enough to compensate peak oil.

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The rest / Re: Debt in a decreasing economy
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:35:31 PM »
When we bought our first house, my wife and I knew that we wanted childrens, so we decided that the house shouldn't cost more than what we can pay back with just one salary. This is an easier choice when you both have an university diploma, but most people were looking at us just like we were crazy. This gave us the possibility to pay it back in like half the normal time and it ended up to be a great investment.

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The rest / Re: Debt in a decreasing economy
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:33:12 PM »
In a (theoretical) continuously shrinking economy cash must be abolished and interest rates kept below zero so that nominal rate <nominal growth, if we want to engineere a debt reduction
This would be so cool and would solve many mortgage problems, but I don't believe this could happen. Cash is easier to abolish by getting companies and people bankrupt. If interest rates are negative, people would make many loans and this would create cash. The other way to reduce cash is having people paying their loans back.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:50:30 AM »
On the ASPO France web site, I found an interesting report from Jean Laherrère about oil production and prediction. It's quite up to date, which is unusual.

https://aspofrance.org/2018/10/03/updated-extrapolation-of-oil-past-production-to-forecast-future-production/

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The rest / Debt in a decreasing economy
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:47:07 AM »
Hello,

I was thinking at a way to explain Ali Samsam Bakhtiari's recommendation to reduce individual debt in a context of peak oil (for example here https://dailyreckoning.com/decline-of-peak-oil/) and the reality that debt was a great way to improve our living at least since WWII.

I remember friends of my parents explaining that when they bought their houses, that debt was a heavy load for a few years, but thanks to inflation and increasing salaries, this ended up to be very light and didn't have any long term impact.

My experience is that there is not much inflation and even less salaries increase. I get most of the time an inflation adjusted salary, so the load of my mortgage really doesn't go down.

Now if the economy would decrease, well, mortgage would stay the same, but the load would go up because interest rate would go up with inflation, or salary would go down. Decreasing economy also means decreasing consumption possibilities.

So my idea is that :
- When there is economical growth, debt is not an issue, because it means that I already use now a part of my future incomes that would anyway be much more than right now, so I anticipate future comfort.
- When economy decreases, debt is a terrible problem because I already use now ressources that I will badly need in the future. Of course we (most people) need debt to buy a house, but that's not an issue if the house is adapted to future incomes, because lodging has a cost today and also will have one in the future, but if we make debts for a car in which we wouldn't be able to put gasoline in a decreasing economy, than we will have to pay for a car that will stay on a parking lot, and maybe won't be able to buy a bicycle to go to work.

This is a cartoonish way to turn it, but I think that there is some truth behind the concept.

Etienne

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: December 13, 2018, 10:46:29 PM »
I saw a surprising vertical windmill today in Belgium between Namur and Jemelle. I was traveling by train, so I couldn't stop to take a better picture.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Energy Efficiency: The “First Fuel”
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:18:44 PM »
From the grid’s point of view, choosing to NOT use energy from the grid at a particular point in time... is the same as feeding energy into the grid and simultaneously consuming it.

How the Humble Home Water Heater Could Play a Big Role in Energy Storage
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One concept that often trips people up when thinking about using water heaters as batteries is that water heaters are not, in fact, batteries. An electric vehicle has a battery, so it’s easy to see how an EV could be used to take, and give back, energy to the grid. Scale that up to millions of vehicles, and now you have a very large battery to charge up, or discharge, at opportune times.

But how does this work with a humble appliance, like a water heater? Moreover, in the PGE-BPA study, the majority of the 600 test events consisted of a signal sent to customer water heaters to simply not start heating. “Don’t heat now!”—says the signal (by the way, we’’ll heat you up a bit later). To most, this may sound minor. After all, the water heater is not, in fact, putting energy back into the grid. But, it might as well be.

“You see, this has the exact same effect as an actual battery,” Eustis said. “I mean, what do you do with a battery? You choose when you put energy in, and you choose when you take it out. So simply choosing not to use as much energy is equivalent to taking energy out of a battery. The heater goes cold. Later, when we have that cold water at hand, we can choose to put excess energy back in from the grid, from solar for instance, to heat it up. From the viewpoint of the grid, it’s identical to a battery.” In other words, a fleet of water heaters can be used as a virtual battery. ...
https://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2018/12/water-heaters-power-grid-storage/153391/
Ok if you use it that way. But you should not overheat the water heater because insulation has been calculated for a specific temperature, and when you are above that temperature, losses get too high.

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The rest / Re: Les 'gilets jaunes' de France et le Roi Macron
« on: December 12, 2018, 06:23:00 PM »
Marine Le Pen is some kind of alt-right drill baby drill type of politician. Her father, historical leader of the "Front National" had to leave the party because he was not able to talk politely about Jews, furthermore he was accused of committing torture during the Algerian war.
http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2007/11/22/03004-20071122ARTFIG00323-le-passe-algerien-de-jean-marie-le-pen-.php.

If you respect the rule that the fruits should be checked before approving the tree, you should look somewhere else to find a valuable speech.

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Climate change acceptance and action?
I am very concerned by the developments in France. Finally some government tries to put measures to fight climate change, and the public is going out on the streets with short-sighted protest. Other governments and future politicians will probably remember this hint very well.
These are not climate change protests but taxes protests. Most of the protesting people are working poor that have difficulties to live until the end of the month, while taxes are reduced on the richer people and companies.
France has much more social protection than the US, but when the fridge and the purse is empty, the medical program won't help you.
The main actions to try to stop the move are an increase of 100 EUR of the minimal salary, a reduction of the taxes on work that is done in an overtime scheme and for poor retiered people.
The taxes on fuel are not "ecotaxes" because incomes are only partially planned for the energy transition, and mainly for normal business of the state.
Sometimes people having nothing are in a better situation because they have nothing to loose.  If you have a very low salary, a little house you were able to buy 30 years ago, an old car that might not comply with the technical control, but that you need to go to work, you're really in deep s..t.
The crazy thing with taxes is that major companies are able to avoid income taxes, but small local ones can't. If you want income tax free furniture, IT, or shoes, I guess you know where to go, and it really is unfair compared to smaller companies.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: December 03, 2018, 07:17:44 PM »
Qatar is leaving the OPEC
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/dec/03/qatar-pulls-out-of-opec-to-focus-on-gas-production

I guess they don't have enough oil anymore. They never had much of it (they are a LNG producer), so it probably doesn't make sense for them to stay in an oil Cartel.

I also heard somewhere that the US would like to make some legal complain about OPEC unfair trade practices, which is quite ironical because the first to do it was the Standard Oil, then the Texas Railroad Commission until the US passed the peak oil. After the US, the OPEC did the job. Oil market needs to be regulated otherwise prices wouldn't be stable enough compared to the investments needed to get it out of the ground.

The book "Oil, Power, and War: A Dark History" written by Mathieu Auzanneau is really interesting, I am now just after WWII.

 

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Walking the walk / Re: Fundraising selling organic cotton clothes ?
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:14:33 AM »
Hello,

I just wanted to give some feedback. Selling T-shirt really is not so easy, I was my only customer. Of course, I'm just a hobby designer, never was an art oriented type of person, found the message more important than the look, and my main social media activity is this forum (I don't have any account on Facebook, Instagram... just a low activity on LinkedIn). So my advertisement strategy was very weak, but with no sales at all, I didn't feel like investing money to be more visible.If you want to check the designs, the site is still active (https://schrondweiler.teemill.com/), it doesn't cost anything, so I might keep it, I don't know yet.

The days with just one visitor is often myself who check the look of a new product, or who update the look of the site.

The quality of the clothes is very good, but since it is individual printing, the ink doesn't hold as well as standard products of major brands, this is why I avoid big printed areas.

It was fun and interesting, but if somebody wants to do some fundraising for the forum that way, it might be a hard work to get some success.

Etienne
 

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:24:16 PM »
You can also find articles saying the opposite, like here :
https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2018/11/for-whom-peak-oil-is-coming-if-you-own.html
Somehow, I don't believe either the ones who say that there is enough oil, nor the one saying that the trouble is for now, but I believe that renewable energy is not just supported because of climate change. I find that the climate politics regarding oil in the EU really look like peak oil politics.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:10:15 PM »
I'm not sure that electricity in public loading station would drop so much. Supermarket also have an important margin on what they sale, even if it is just milk. And a 3 years ROI is the minimum that business want, so loading on a public point will always be more expensive than at home. Suppliers are not non profit organisations.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: November 26, 2018, 07:33:07 PM »

UK Buyers Unlikely To Consider Electric: Here's Why
https://insideevs.com/uk-buyers-unlikely-consider-electric-heres-why/

Charging infrastructure/time, price, performance, choice — nothing that won’t be solved over the next few years. 8)

Well, I see as major problem that you need a place to load your car, and if you don't live in a house with a private parking place, it's quite difficult. In Luxembourg, on public loading infrastructure you pay almost 100% more per kWh than if you load your car at home, right now it's always free, but that might not be for ever. Takes about two or three years to get an ROI on your private car loader.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: November 25, 2018, 10:18:36 PM »
There is a book that has just been transalted that should be quite good on the subject :
Oil, Power, and War: A Dark History from Mathieu Auzanneau.
To have a french book translated in English, it must be quite good. I asked the french version to Santa Claus (well, somebody will help him).
The guy has a blog in french : http://petrole.blog.lemonde.fr/

Peeking at Peak Oil from Kjell Aleklett must also be good. Didn't get it yet.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:44:33 AM »

there is a saying where i come from that goes like this:

if you have such a friends you don't need any enemies ;)

most probably this exists in one or another way in many languages and it especially applies to politics (so called political friends)

It's a little bit out of topic, but I have often seen that to be "friends" tend to be more useful for the most powerful one. The one get help, the other the honor.

At work, when we get a friendly price on a product, we sometimes check who is the friend.

There is also a joke about brotherly sharing, because 50-50 is often better.

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Walking the walk / Re: Is solar thermal heating out of date ?
« on: November 23, 2018, 11:06:58 AM »
I received an interesting link for small home PV configuration yesterday.
http://simon.energy/
Still expensive, but ok for a "just for fun" concept.

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Walking the walk / Re: Is solar thermal heating out of date ?
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:32:44 PM »
I didn't know Eddi was a one phase heater. At work we use MYPV (http://www.my-pv.com/en/). It's a German product and Germany work with 3 phases just like Luxembourg, it makes things easier.

In Luxembourg, injection price is still higher than electricity costs, so I think that it doesn't make so much sense, I always compare it to a Ferrari, it's cool but it's much cheaper to drive a Twingo, and the final result is the same.
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Addendum

My boss likes projects with minimal "imported electricity", I prefer the concept of minimal electricity consumption. He will overheat and store the heat, I would use the heat pump to minimize consumption and sale excessive production. If you look at the efficiency of a heat pump, price difference has to be very important to have direct electrical heating from PV cheaper that heat pump heating.

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Second addendum

I still hope that excessive PV power would make projects like hydrogen production from renewable energy possible.

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Walking the walk / Re: Is solar thermal heating out of date ?
« on: November 20, 2018, 05:33:52 AM »
In July or August this year because we work on a residential project with a parking lot for 12 cars, and the builder promised EV loader to the customers. The normal Zappi is very interesting in that context because it allows a very low intensity loading (6A on 1 phase, which means 24 cars if you have 50 A on 3 phases), but the problem is that it doesn't allow yet fast charging (here 32A on 3 phases) when only one car requires loading. Such a fast loading is not really needed, but it's difficult to explain that you decided not to offer that possibility. Standard 3 phases systems can only load on 3 phases, and 6 A seems to be the minimum required current, so this only allows the loading of 8 cars if you have 3 phases 50A.
Residential is complicated because people have private parking places, so everybody needs his own loader. Anyway, you can't ask people to stand up in the middle of the night to change loading configuration in the parking lot.

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Walking the walk / Re: Is solar thermal heating out of date ?
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:35:04 PM »
Last summer I contacted Myenergi to ask them about 3 phases car loader and they told me that it would come sometimes around the end of the year.
It sounds normal that the 3 phases Eddi would be available at a similar time.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:01:10 AM »
To paraphrase Marie Antoinette ...

"Let them drive Teslas"

This is a good description of the social situation. There are people who are so rich that they can have a fully powered renewable modern comfort (excepted for the plane and the yacht) and very proud of it, and others don't know how to make it until the next paycheck. I believe that a little bit of solidarity will be needed if we want to achieve the energy transition. The dream of unlimited consumption and comfort is also driven by the behavior of the upper class.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:20:06 PM »
On the other side of the Channel, 240'000 people protested against the gasoline price hike.

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Walking the walk / Re: Fuel sensitive driving
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:30:58 PM »
You will find bellow a new version of the document with many improvements (gramatics and contents) suggested by Tor Bejnar as well as the french version. I really want to thank Tor Bejnar for his help.

I made some changes after his lasts comments, so if there still are some mistakes, it's my fault.

If somebody would want to make an US version, it's quite easy to transform the liters per 100 km into miles per gallons. The sentense to change would be :

Electric vehicle drive typically a little bit more than 100 miles with the 33,4 kWh that a gallon contains. This is about 3 times more than a similar ICE motorized car, which is normal since ICE only have 1/3 efficiency.

Don't know about tyre efficiency in the US.

While improving the document, I found a page of the European Union regarding Energy Efficiency. I thought that the link might interest some people on this forum :
https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/energy-efficient-products



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Walking the walk / Re: Heating with wood or pellets ? and air heat pump ?
« on: November 15, 2018, 09:47:02 AM »
Well, everybody told me that once the window is broken, that the stress is removed and that I can keep using the stove until the new one comes.
Improvements are very impressive, I get an 89% efficiency and a small particle filter on the new one.

By the way, here is a french/german website about heating with wood. Most energy pages from the belgian Wallonie are very good, these ones also.
http://www.lamaitrisedufeu.be/fr/
http://www.richtigerumgangmitfeuer.be/de

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Walking the walk / Re: Fuel sensitive driving
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:03:54 PM »
Well, it will be published in french, so there is no issue regarding spelling, but my spell checker didn't find any issue in my text. I'm using NeoOffice (Mac version of OpenOffice) and there is no gramatical checker (at least in my version). If somebody has improvement suggestions, please make a personal message. A good English version can be interesting if somebody would want to publish it in that language.

I wrote "car refrigerator" because what I wanted to talk about matched with the images google provides when searching these words. It is a box that allows you to transport cooled products (milk...) for a longer time and works with 12V DC. It is quite common here in Luxembourg.

I used liters and km because it is written for Luxembourg. Units converters are easy to find on Internet. I didn't have time to write an international version. My understanding is that the US prefer miles per gallon. Here we talk about liters per 100 km.

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Addedum : I just checked, car fridge provides the same images on google than car refrigerator. Google translate uses in french : réfrigérateur for refrigerator, and frigo for fridge. Both are similar in both languages.

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Walking the walk / Fuel sensitive driving
« on: November 14, 2018, 06:20:56 AM »
Hello,
I just wrote an article about fuel sensitive driving for the Klima Pact campain in Luxembourg. Here is an English translation. If anybody has any comment (also regarding gramatics, I'm always happy to learn), they are welcome.  It is to be published in the county paper, so I tried to avoid direct confrontation regarding motor size and car weight.
If you would want to publish it in your area, please ask me. I'm quite open on the subject, but I'd like to be the first publisher in the Luxembourgish area, if it's accepted, it will be published in January of February.
Regards,
Etienne

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Walking the walk / Re: Top climate-friendly actions
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:40:07 PM »
Recycling plastic is a complicated story. A few years ago, I was discussing the subject with a friend of mine working in the plastic industry and told him that thermal recycling was getting always more popular. Thermal recylcing means making heat with collected plastic, usually that heat is used to help burning trash, and the water in the trash becomes steam to produce electricity.
He found it a great idea, so it was possible to have a good basis for new platics and oil was saved because it was replaced by used plastic.
If that's such a great idea, why bother with collecting it separately ? Because used plastic can be dried, chopped and used as a solid fuel (kWh per kg can be defined). And a small part of it can be reused as recycled plastic.
Well, as long as our civilisation produces so much trash that has to be burned, it's a great concept. I guess it's better to burn the trash that to say that disposal sites are carbon storage.

 

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Policy and solutions / Re: Social Activism
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:16:17 PM »
Many good ideas. I don't have much time now but just want to say that I believe that Social Activism needs a place in the forum.
From non violence trainings, I learned that there always has to be a balance between what is done (for this forum, discuss AGW), what is done to improve the situation (Policy and solutions, Walking the walk, and maybe "Social Activism") and how the public is informed of what's happening (or would "Social Activism" be here ? or is this the forum itself ?).
I don't have a problem with the existing structure, just that the limit between Policy and Solutions, Walking the walk and Social Activism are not very clear. It's not an issue for me because the number of topics and of users is limited.
The problem with a topic like Social Activism is that everybody does it locally, and there is not so much to discuss. In my case, I take sometimes information from the forum to use it locally, but there is nothing specific in what I do that would need to be published here, or I do it in "Walking the walk".
 

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Policy and solutions / Re: Social Activism
« on: November 08, 2018, 03:06:39 PM »
In this topic : https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,2431.0.html (Extinction Rebellion), I was wondering what should be asked by activists.

I suggested this shortlist because I believe that the number of required items should never be more than 3 :
- CO2 Tax
- Same technical standards everywhere (for example regarding MPG, sulfur in gasoline and diesel, chemicals for agriculture, trash management...).
- Supporting the developpment of renewable energies

The second point is not diretly related to Climate Change, but I believe that Climate is not the only issue when talking about extinction.



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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 06, 2018, 10:20:06 PM »
There are many other things that I could have put on the T-shirt, like to reduce temperature inside the house, to reduce the use of cloud computing, to extend lifespan of appliance, to finish the switch to LED lighning, to improve the insulation of my house, to add PV and/or thermal panels, to get a more efficient wood stove (this will be in December)... everybody has to find his way, I choosed the ones that were the easiest to put on a T-shirt.

Modification : if somebody wants to make his own organic cotton t-shirt, this link is a possibility
https://rapanuiclothing.com/design-your-own-t-shirt/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:07:37 PM »
By bus, it takes 3+ hours to get to the next town over. I'll take my 134,000 mile car that lately has been getting as high as 48MPG (EPA 32MPG), & only take 10 minutes to the next town.

How much CO2 is that?
To be very honest, I have never been able to fully comply with my new year's commitments. I don't think I know anybody who achieved it.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:40:21 PM »
Unless / until activists see a real sea-change in what Governments and the private sector do on addressing the imminent* collapse of the eco-systems on which we depend, the demand from activists for rebellion in all its forms - from civil disobedience to violent action - will grow.

Well, what are the real sea-change we see as minimum requirements? I find it difficult to define because it has to be acceptable by the people if we wish any success.
I would say that is not negotiable :
- a CO2 tax on everything using non renewable energy, including airplanes and ships. Housing heating to be discussed.
- a limitation of motor power on vehicles
- lower speed limits
- possibility to tax embedded CO2 on imported goods and services
- a tax on plastic packaging
- ...
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Modification:
I heard that one should never ask more than 3 things otherwise it is too easy for the other side to comply with only a part of the requirements, so I woud say :
- CO2 Tax
- Same technical standards everywhere (for example regarding sulfur in gasoline and diesel, chemicals for agriculture...). D. Trump showed us how to do it : if you want access to our market, you can't sale poisons, destroy nature... in other parts of the world.
- Supporting the developpment of renewable energies

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 03, 2018, 10:28:14 PM »
The problem for a rebellion is that clear objectives are needed. Gandhi wanted India to be independent, King and Mandela wanted equal rights...
Here we want to reduce CO2 emissions, but that's difficult to translate in a political requirement. If we only consider sub-objectives, maybe me miss important points. And how do we know that the objective has been reached ?
Non cooperation objective are easier to achieve, we can boycot companies or countries that don't agree to act like required. We can refuse to use some technologies...

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:37:12 PM »
Just an extra comment, you can't make people happy against their will. Real achievements are only possible when people want to go forward. Happines requires enthusiasm.
I am also very worried about the political situation in many places on earth. When people start to tweet whatever goes through their mind, the context might become unhealthy.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:26:56 PM »
Let's not mix everything. Nazi called themselves socialists, national socialist because it was only for people complying with their ideology. There is no copyright on "socialism" and anybody can missuse it just like he/she wants.

Communism was of course another catastrophy, next year, 2019, will be the 30th anniversary of the end of the wall in Berlin, it was a great time, I made a T-shirt with all the visas I collected during the summer before. I guess in the EU, almost nobody remembers what these days were.

I really believe in democracy, freedom and non violence because extremism (even climate extremism) always ends up with violence.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 02, 2018, 08:22:28 PM »
I'm constantly amazed by the sychronicity of ideas passing through our [humanity]s minds, http://www.ianwelsh.net/7-rules-for-running-a-real-left-wing-government/
Well, I don't believe that left wings are better than right wings when we talk about climate change. I really believe that we need something different.
The joke is that, like very well described in the book "Tyranny of Metrics", capitalist economy has now the same problems than the communist system, KPI (Key Performance Indicator) have become as worthless than the 5 years plan of the communist time, somehow, same concept with same problems, just that Internet provides much faster feed backs, which in this case means less freedom.
My parents have a friend who lived in Algeria when the independance happend. There was one day a major protest, and like he said, it is too bad that some extremists were able to use that protest to take the power. I believe that we really need democracy if we want to be efficient on the long run, but it's a difficult way. A strike is a good tool to use in a democracy, it's a way to stop cooperating with actions that go the wrong way, but when you need your salary at the end of the month, it's not so easy.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: November 02, 2018, 05:09:16 PM »
It's very impressive, maybe it's the way to do it, to strike until proper legislation is passed.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: October 31, 2018, 09:06:55 PM »
In politics, I believe that everybody wants people to be happy, healthy... what makes the difference is how politicians want to reach the aims.
I envy you your beliefs. The politicians I have seen want their own good first and foremost, and treat people as material they can shape to reach their aims, with very little morality involved. some few politicians are "idealists" that seem to care for the people but they they never seem to gain significant power. Most such persons avoid politics because they realize they have no chance of being elected.
Well, I'm not as naive as it may sound. I should have said :"when you look at the official publications of the political parties..."

I wonder how a rebellion against climate change could look like. My older son is a good example : he told us that we should have been more strict with him as a baby (we had a feeding problem, he is now a teenager) but when we tease him and say: "ok, let's be strict and turn the Internet off because of whatever a reason", he really doesn't agree. Looks like we are in a similar situation with the need to reduce our living standard and the difficulty to accept it, and even more difficult, to elect somebody who would take that way.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:58:03 AM »
Here is also an article in the french press about carbon capture and storage.
https://abonnes.lemonde.fr/climat/article/2018/10/31/climat-le-mirage-des-emissions-negatives_5376851_1652612.html?xtor=RSS-3208?xtor=RSS-3208
Nothing new, they see forests as the best available technology right now.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: October 30, 2018, 07:56:18 PM »
When talking about revolution, there is one thing that only non violence was able to achieve : to have the aims and the paths that are compatible, even similar. In politics, I believe that everybody wants people to be happy, healthy... what makes the difference is how politicians want to reach the aims.
If you use violence, you will always somehow corrupt yourself because you will kill and hurt people, even if you try a zero death path, and government will always be stronger because they have a better access to weapons.
Furthemore, non violence also developped concepts like voluntary simplicity that are required to reduce CO2 production.
Socialism nor Liberalism are ways out of growth and will not help in the context of climate change.

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The rest / Re: Arctic/AGW humour and satire
« on: October 26, 2018, 02:15:53 PM »
My last creation. It's not about global warming, but about limited ressources on earth.
http://schrondweiler.teemill.com

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Walking the walk / Re: Can we/should we save the public school system ?
« on: October 25, 2018, 07:24:14 AM »
I wonder if the issue is not that schools tries to prepare kids for work and not for life.After the french revolution, the school had to train future citizen, when I was a teenager, we were trained for life, and I feel that now schools only want future workers.
The problem is that work is something that changes all the time, it's why lifelong learning has become so important, but if you have learned things for life, I believe that you can better deal with all what can happen at work and at home. If you prepare kids for work, you provide them knowledges that are valid right now, but maybe not anymore in 10 or 20 years.

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Walking the walk / Re: Can we/should we save the public school system ?
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:04:26 PM »
When I first thought of this topic, I first wanted to name it just "can we save the public school system?" But it seemed so complicated to me so I added the question "Should we ?".

Somehow, I believe that we must save it, just like the climate, but just like kassy said, we have to undo some disastrous stuff politicians dreamt up and then sadly made into law. And that's really difficult because kids are always more separated of their parents and so parents don't know anymore what is good and what is not for them, so many people are dreaming with the politicians of an impossible perfect school, instead of a normal school that teaches to the kids.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 22, 2018, 09:00:00 PM »
Vertical turbine is also interesting in areas where the wind turns all the time. There are places in the mountains with such issues.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:57:53 PM »
It's not the countries that sanction Iranian oil, but the companies in order to keep an access to the US market.

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Walking the walk / Re: Heating with wood or pellets ? and air heat pump ?
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:41:01 PM »
I have a crack in the window of my wood stove. It's unbelievable how much it reduces the efficiency.
I used to be very fast at 24°C in the room, and yesterday, it really didn't work (well, I didn't try very hard).
We'll use a little bit more heating oil because I don't trust it now. Repairs shouldn't be an issue, just that shops are closed on Monday.

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