Monday, 30 January 2023

The Upcoming Internal Combustion Engine Ban

 I have been working on the text below of a letter that might be useful to copy and send to your MP.

Dear your MP

Internal Combustion Engines

 

Emissions from ICEs, both diesel and petrol, are now well controlled – in modern vehicles – by various technologies.

 

Clever engineering has reduced CO2 emissions to very low levels.

 

Three way catalytic converters on both petrol and diesel vehicles have scrubbed out other potentially toxic emissions, including NO2

 

Diesel vehicles apply ‘ad blue’ (Urea injection) to reduce further NO2 emissions. Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) are successful and filter out at least 85% of soot and particulates.  In optimum operating conditions this filtration can easily approach 100% of particulates, including nano-particulates of sub one micron in size.  In the UK standard diesel at the pump is of the Ultra-low sulphur type.  And premium fuels (especially diesel), for example Shell V-Power, further reduce soot levels.  The days of sooty smokey diesel engines are over.

 

Furthermore, we can now produce synthetic fuels from atmospheric CO2 which de facto makes burning such fuels carbon neutral.  Such synthetic fuels contain far less impurities than mineral oils and therefore burn much more cleanly.  Proof of concept plants are already working in Canada and the UK and the owners have stated that they could, today, produce road fuels at prices competitive with current pump prices.

 

Modern vehicles powered by ICE are getting more and more efficient and getting ever better fuel consumption.   And all the emissions control technologies are getting more and more reliable.

 

We can now make ICE powerplants at extremely low costs using abundant and easy to acquire resources like aluminium (bauxite being super abundant) and iron and steel (also abundant) meaning that personal transport is also extremely low cost. This enables the private citizen to efficiently exploit his own labour and enjoy freedoms unimagined by earlier generations.  

 

Liquid fuels have very high relative energy densities of about 47.5 Mj/kg  as opposed to battery electric vehicles with energy densities of about 0.3 Mj/kg.  That is petrol (and to a slightly lesser extent diesel) have 100 times the energy density of a lithium-ion battery.

 

Looking at this from the environmental perspective ICE powered vehicles consume modest resources to produce and can be recycled.  BEVs are relatively costly to produce mainly because the production of batters that require rare metals is costly.  And not at all environmentally friendly and nor easily recycled. 

 

Apart from the above, the distribution of petrol and diesel is very well served in the UK, and globally.  Whereas to create the infrastructure to be able to charge electrical vehicles will likely cost trillions of Pounds. 

 

And lastly, what restrictions and surveillance will lawmakers have to impose on us to collect the taxes lost by the loss of fuel duty?  The implication of things like user charges by mass surveillance are an appalling assault on personal liberty.  

 

Given the forgoing please explain to me why the sale of new ICE powered vehicles is being banned?

 

Love

A Constituent.

 

Feel free to copy it.  If you think it's (a) right in its assertions (b) something your MP will actually read and, hopefully, act on (c) in line with your own prejudices.

Also any suggestions for an edit will be welcomed. But bear in mind, in view of the fact that some (most?) MP's seems to have the attention span of an inebriated goldfish and the reasoning ability of a 15 year old female (I speak from personal experience) I think it best we keep it to one side of A4.



 

 

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Sound or Unsound Money

The is an edited version of one of my businesses' Briefing Notes.  Thoughts?

What is ‘sound money’?  Or, perhaps more importantly, what is ‘unsound money’?

Unsound money can be defined as money which has:-

  • Overwhelming counterparty risk, and
  • Fails to sustain its relative value over time.

To see why this matters we have to understand what money is and what its function is.

Money is any thing which an economy accepts to act a medium of exchange, a store of value and a unit of account (a measure of value).  Commonly this thing that became universally accepted in most exchange economies was, is, gold.

There is also a difference we need to define between money and currency.  These two words are nowadays used interchangeably; as the same thing. But to make sense of ‘sound money’ their meanings need to be differentiated. 

1.    Money, is money.  The fundamental store of value, medium of exchange and unit of account.

2.    Currency is a medium of exchange and unit of account but has to be exchanged for money as a reserve of value.  Witness the statement on a British Ten Pound note – ‘I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of Ten Pounds’.  That is such ‘paper money’ is not money but a ‘promissory note’.  A ‘currency’.

Why does the counterparty risk matter? 

Firstly, in effect, no exchange transaction is complete until the receiver of the currency goes to the currency issuer and obtains his money.  Until he makes this exchange what he holds is a promissory note, not money.  Now, this may not matter if he can then, at any time in the future, exchange this promissory note for other real goods and services.  And that the promissory note maintains its relative value.

What do we mean by relative value?  Suppose the currency issuer issues a lot more promissory notes than he has money at hand.  This will increase the supply of currency (and therefore the counterparty risk) relative to other goods and services.  If the number of promissory notes is, say, doubled, then their value must halve.  The currency holder will need twice as many promissory notes to have the same purchasing power.  And hence the prices of goods and services in that reduced value currency must double.  In short, the counterparty has taken half the value of the currency holders’ money for nothing in exchange. This is theft.  Or in money terms, counterfeiting.

It used to be that the free market had evolved over time a sound money system.  Roughly, money was gold.  Gold was held in warehouses, called goldsmiths and latterly banks.  Customers would instruct banks to settle debts using written instructions - ‘please pay A gold to the weight of X on this date signed B depositor’.  As time passed it was realised by banks that they could issue ‘bank notes’ based on the quantity of gold in their vaults which customers could carry and exchange between themselves confident that if at some point they needed to obtain their money they could present the bank note at the bank for settlement in gold.  (I have ignored coin here for simplicity – but similar rules apply).

In due course it dawned on bankers that as long as they did not overdo it they might be able to issue more currency than the value of gold – i.e. money - they held in their vaults.  This practice bestows enormous benefit to currency issuing banks as obviously this new ‘currency’ / aka money, is money for nothing.

Luckily Mr Market was wise to this practice and under laissez-faire banks who pushed this currency expansion too far, were called to account and failed.  There were bank runs.  Some depositors lost money.  But the banks owners, in the age of unlimited liability banking partnerships, lost everything or nearly everything and lost their reputations.  These market disciplines generally kept banks honest and respected.  And excellent example of how this worked is the story of the failure of the Ayr Bank.(1)

Now, moving forward to today.  We live in an age of catastrophically bad money.

In 1944 various of the great and the good (including Mr Keynes) met at a place in the USA named Bretton Woods(2) to sort out a post war international settlement and money order.  Very briefly they agreed that the USD should be linked to gold at the price of $35 per ounce.  And that all other currencies would be linked to the USD.

This was all fine and dandy (actually it was not – it was a huge accident waiting to happen) until the USA got involved in the Cold War/The Korean War/The Vietnam War/and the Great Society Program. They funded all this by simply printing more and more USD.  Until the French got fed up and demanded settlement of their USD balances in gold.  Which of course the USA did not have / would not do.  This led to Nixon closing the gold window on 15th August 1971 and collapsing the Bretton Woods fake gold standard.   We, the West, have been using entirely fiat money (currency) since that date.

The result has been catastrophic.  Sterling and the USD have lost respectively about 99% and 98% of their relative value.  (It is an economic saw that ‘all paper money trends to zero value).  We, the people have been robbed by our governments.  This currency (money) debasement is also a product of the fallacies of Keynesianism. You cannot operate Keynesian with sound money.

The worry for us as individual citizens is how far will this go?  As currencies like the USD, GBP, Euro etc fail (and fail they will) the currency authorities will replace them with programmable CBDC (central bank digital currency), the day by day relative value of which can be manipulated directly by those nationalised currency authorities.  How will be able to grow and preserve our wealth under such an assault?  Let alone our freedom?

Lobbying for a return to sound money is one thing we should be doing if we want to preserve the free society.

 Footnotes

(1(1)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas,_Heron_%26_Company

(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Woods_Conference and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Woods_system

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

So that's it then...?

In a clip to which I have lost the link, Starmer says this:-

Questioner: "Westminster or Davos?"

Answer (without hesitation) "Westminster is too constrained… Once you get out of Westminster, whether it’s Davos or anywhere else, you actually engage with people that you can see working with in the future. Westminster is just a tribal shouting place."

So that's his ideas of democratic accountability then?  He's happier with the utterly unaccountable globalist 'elites' than fighting for his ideas in the intellectually testing arena of the adversarial bearpit that is Parliament.  A process that has served England the UK very well for hundreds of years.

Friday, 20 January 2023

Yet more green crap

I recently received this exhortation as the footer of an email,

If every adult in the UK sent one fewer "thank you" email a day we would save more than 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year - equivalent to 81,152 flights to Madrid or taking 3,334 diesel cars off the road.' So 'thank you' in advance!

Now there are 52 million adults in the UK approximately, so that's 52 x 365 million emails, or about 19 billion emails. Divide 16,433 million by 19 billion and you get 0.865g of carbon per email. In the UK, on average 270g of CO2 are emitted to make 1kWh of electricity, so that makes 3.2Wh of electricity used. My laptop's battery is 58wh, which can power it for 75 minutes, so it uses 0.77wh/min. That would suggest that the time it takes to compose a thank you email and read it is about 4 mins which seems about right, until you realise that both computers would be on anyway, whether you sent the "thank you" email or not, so the additional electricity used is too small to be measured. This is exactly the same counting overheads as running costs that gives us headlines like "Missed GP appointments costing NHS millions" and just as false.

Lies, damned lies and statistics.

Sunday, 15 January 2023

More "green crap"

Going green is a wonderful idea, not using up a limited resource in favour of utilising an unlimited one seems a "no brainer" but as ever, the theory is one thing and the practice is another.

Green is not so clean.

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Gleichschaltung?

Has anyone else noticed how social and other media have a tendency suddenly to become concerned about a single issue, as illustrated here?

The article strays into conspiracy theory territory, but is this and others like it in the world of Green/Climate change issues, such as the "wood-burning stoves cause terrible air pollution" scare, just simply a sign of how connected everyone is these days or an illustration of the saying that a lie can be half way round the world before the truth has got her shoes on?

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, 9 December 2022

"However, critics say it risks forgetting the lessons of the financial crisis..."

From the BBC:

The government has announced what it describes as one of the biggest overhauls of financial regulation for more than three decades.

It says the package of more than 30 reforms will "cut red tape" and "turbocharge growth". Rules that forced banks to legally separate retail banking from riskier investment operations will be reviewed. Those were introduced after the 2008 financial crisis when some banks faced collapse.

The package of changes, the "Edinburgh Reforms" is being presented as an example of post-Brexit freedom to tailor regulation specifically to the needs and strengths of the UK economy.

However, critics say it risks forgetting the lessons of the financial crisis.


Famous last words. The government is clearly insane. It's like scrapping regular checks on bridges on the basis they haven't collapsed for years. This is all just setting us up for the next financial crisis starting in 2025.

If you start at the ideal kind of economy, with free and competing markets, you can either veer to the left: over-regulation, nationalisation, socialism, communism... and end up with a small handful of people living in luxury at the expense of the impoverished masses.

Or you can veer to the right: de-regulation, privatisation of national wealth, corporatism, crony-capitalism, allowing rent-seekers to run the show... and end up with a small handful of people living in luxury at the expense of the impoverished masses.

There's no real difference, is there? Russia pivoted from the Communist extreme to the crony-capitalist extreme in the 1990s, with the same people doing the controlling and exploiting.

Thursday, 8 December 2022

They own land, give them (easy) money!

Spotted by TBH in The Daily Mail:

Homeowners who run into financial trouble will be able to make reduced mortgage payments under a deal brokered by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt at a summit with bank bosses yesterday.

The Treasury said last night bank chiefs had agreed a series of measures to help struggling customers. Those who run into difficulty with payments will be offered targeted help, which could include a ‘short-term reduction in monthly payments’, a temporary switch to interest-only payments or extension of the mortgage term to reduce monthly costs.

Banks also agreed that households coming to the end of their fixed rates should be offered a new deal without another affordability test, provided they have kept up with payments.


This is how they will keep the credit/land price bubble going for another two or three years before the inevitable big financial crisis/house price crash in 2025. Apparently, a recent Welfare Reform Bill had similar measures for people claiming Universal Credit.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Follow up to Our Hosts previous two posts

 Good watch:-here


Friday, 25 November 2022

Questions for Alarmists, which they will never answer.

Seeing as we are laying into Alarmism this week, here are a few questions which need to be answered, even if they refuse to accept that the 33 degree GHE is a massive great lie (based as it is on selectively ignoring clouds):

1. What is the optimum CO2 level to get an optimum climate?
2. In which earlier periods of at least a century was CO2 at this level?
3. Can you confirm that the weather was objectively better in most of those centuries - very few natural famines (this is the most important one), floods, droughts, hurricanes, forest fires etc, with steady rainfall patterns in most places, etc, or at least, a lot fewer/steadier than in the last half a century?
4. Can you also confirm that temperatures were stable throughout most of those centuries, varying by no more than +/- 1 degree per century?

I doubt whether the mantra "pre-industrial levels" is the right answer - during the last period when CO2 was this low was the Little Ice Age, which as far as we can tell was a global phenomenon. Mass famines and at least as many floods, droughts etc as nowadays. We don't want that!

And we know that temperatures have never been that stable; climate change is a constant and always has been. The ups and downs of the last 150 years are nothing unusual.