Never gamble with George Monbiot

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George Monbiot was celebrating “ victory ” the other week in a bet he alleges to have made with Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury. Anyway, Monbiot claims he won the bet by virtue of the fact that Solar PV hasn’t achieved “ grid parity ”. Well not according to Monbiot’s definition.

George Monbiot and the enviro-neocons

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I’m getting a bit worried about George Monbiot. But I’ve noticed a distinct change in tone and I fear he might be doing a bit of “a Bellamy ” (ironically enough for those who don’t understand that last one, check out Monbiot’s own post on the downward spiral of Bellamy ). All this demonstrates is that George Monbiot never understood the crisis of peak oil to begin with (see Jeremy Leggett of Solar Century’s rebuttal here also in the Guardian ).

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The Nuclear Meltdown of George Monbiot

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Many people will recognise that description of George Monbiot in his role as one of Britain’s leading environmental journalists. Sadly, few of those descriptors apply to the George Monbiot who is now championing nuclear energy. The George Monbiot We Knew.

George Monbiot's recent anti-micropower rant is seriously anti-green

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In early March 2010 everyone in British green circles, from the eco-warrior to the likes of RenewableUK, has been talking about George Monbiot; but then that is more or less the way he likes it. Monbiot's words were that Britain cannot afford renewable energy and should and must got for the nuclear option. George Monbiot cited a McKinsey report saying geothermal cost £3 to save a tonne of carbon whereas. Wake up, George.

Moscow Arctic Forum promises peaceful exploitation, silent on risks

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“The industry has been around the world discovering easy oil and gas there are only the more difficult and riskier regions left – and the Arctic is one of them&#.

Book Review: Heat by George Monbiot

Eco_Living

I like George Monbiot*, even though I don't always agree with him. Much of the book will be familiar to readers of his Guardian column : the exposure of the professional climate change deniers, the trashing of the offsetting industry and the criticism of biofuels and their impact on Indonesian rainforest. Heat is a joy to read with Monbiot's pithy way with words - "the British government wants to see a massive number of new homes built.

Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment

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Both Mark Lynas and George Monbiot, for example, argue that the only attainable way to phase out fossil fuels is to replace them with a combination of renewable and nuclear power. The response to all this from pro-nuclear greens would be that industrial accidents happen in any industry.

Monbiot to Recession: Bring It On.

Eco Friendly Daily

That’s what George Monbiot, investigative reporter and author of Heat: How to stop the planet from burning, wrote in the UK Guardian last week. Because our economic model relies on constant growth, and values material goods (like jetskis) while devaluing environmental services (like peace and quiet), Monbiot thinks that an economic downturn will be the only way to seriously curb the rampant over-consumption of the industrialized world.

BWEA becomes RenewableUK; officially

Green (Living) Review

We are well too much with our heads, industry and government, in the clouds and only seem to see the huge plants creating the megawatt and gigawatt on output. While claiming that government is committed to renewables it was nigh on like listening to George Monbiot, who never seems to know which side of the green fence he is on and who recently stated that Britain cannot afford renewables and we should go the nuclear way.

Top 10 Green Blog articles from 2011

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A documentary that details a process that few people outside of manufacturing industry’s are even aware exists. The Nuclear Meltdown of George Monbiot. In this post David Carson discussed how George Monbiot, Britain’s leading environmental journalists, changed his stance on nuclear energy. Here's the top 10 articles on Green Blog from 2011. The blog posts are ranked in terms of the total amount of traffic received during all of 2011.

A Call for a Green Enlightenment

The Green Changemakers

What right have we in rich industrial countries to use up the last of the relatively accessible oil and gas for our luxurious lifestyles? Whether the reduction needs to go as far as the prodigious 90% George Monbiot claims in his book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning , is not clear.

Complexity: It’s Not That Simple

The Green Changemakers

In similar ways, most industrial systems mimic natural systems. For example, many of our modern industrial systems will collapse without a constant and unlimited supply of inexpensive oil.

Break the Climate Stalemate Between the Global South and the North

The Green Changemakers

The North must cut back sharply on emissions while the South leapfrogs over the industrial age to clean-energy prosperity. Everyone, whether they live in industrial or developing countries, has fundamental rights to decent levels of food, housing, health, and clothing, and many nations in the Global South will not get behind a climate solution that doesn’t allow their citizens these rights. In China, for example, “green industry” is displacing rural farming villages.

Biodiesel watchdog set up.

Eco_Living

Uber green George Monbiot is particularly critical of the industry and his comments are worth reading. Tags: monbiot darryl hannah biodiesel The ENDS Report is reporting that the Department for Transport has set up a watchdog, the Renewable Fuels Agency, to help ensure that biofuels used in the UK come from sustainable sources.

Is Carbon Offsetting a Con? The Prosecution Case

Eco_Living

George Monbiot certainly does not mince his words when it comes to offset schemes. Back in July, the right-on magazine New Internationalist dedicated a whole issue, entitled “CO2NNED!” , to a demolition job on the offsetting industry, presenting their case with all the subtlety of a tabloid newspaper pursuing a suspected paedophile.

Happy New Year!

Eco_Living

Unfortunately, looking at 2007, while there were more proclamations of intent (domestically zero carbon homes by 2016 and legally binding carbon targets, internationally the Bali conference) there seems no significant shift from intent to action - emissions, waste and the over-consumption of natural resources continue to rise, and all our leaders do is simply pin the blame on China (where we have shifted our dirty industries).