Category Archives: Economics

Zero growth- are we in a new era?

Are we entering a new era of zero growth with another global crash and slump?  Yesterday David Cameron just back from the G20 summit warned of another global crash.  Whilst this maybe domestic politicking there is some evidence to suggest … Continue reading

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LED street lights

I’ve just returned from a short visit to Birmingham and discovered the city council are replacing all their old street lights with LED street lights.  And not only Birmingham, Liverpool and Warrington are doing the same.  The carbon savings are … Continue reading

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Energy conservation

As Autumn comes around again I start to think about energy conservation.  There is talk about power cuts in the UK being more likely this winter.  Two nuclear power stations have had to be shut down for repairs and a … Continue reading

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Ukraine

The news agenda moves on and the Ukraine crisis has moved off the front pages.  However, it unfortunately it has not gone away.  The shooting down of MH17 has led to further sanctions being implemented by the EU and the … Continue reading

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solar hot water payback

Solar hot water payback is possible.  In the summer of 2008 I was helping man a transition stall when a very posh woman told me that my solar PV system would never pay for itself.  She said should know since … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Gaza

Is the war in Gaza not about terrorism but control of energy?  This idea was raised this week in the Guardian (other links in this article).  A few years ago it was announced that a very large gas field had … Continue reading

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The implications of jubilee

In the last post we had a very brief look at the idea of jubilee. In this follow up post I am going to suggest how we might if not have something similar, at least follow the spirit of the … Continue reading

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What about the jubilee?

What can we learn from the biblical idea of the jubilee?  I was reminded of this over the last week by a number of things.  First, the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular in Edinburgh.  I went to help search for him.  … Continue reading

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Implications of a steady state economy

What are the implications of a steady state economy?  As part of a occasional series of alternative economics I want to look at some what in my view are pressing economic questions based around peak oil. In Third Way magazine … Continue reading

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Things we have learnt this year…

Its customary to be looking back at this time of year and “The oil lamp” is going to be no exception.   Our book covers economics, transport, food as well as energy issues seeing them as all interlinked.  What’s happened … Continue reading

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