Sunday December 22

The fracking decade – how the US gained energy independence

Do you remember “peak oil”? I don’t either.

We have just had the best decade in human history – seriously

Matt Ridley is a tonic for the soul. One of the few voices of optimism around.

” The quantity of all resources consumed per person in Britain (domestic extraction of biomass, metals, minerals and fossil fuels, plus imports minus exports) fell by a third between 2000 and 2017, from 13.7 tons to 9.4 tons. That’s a faster decline than the increase in the number of people, so it means fewer resources consumed overall.”

2019: the year the revolt went global

I cannot tell whether this article is high quality piffle or whether the author is onto something. Yu decide

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Bob G.

Another trend that isn’t getting noticed because of fixation with Trump is this. Canada is of course an exception to this trend.

Centre-left at latest election

UK Labour
Lowest seats since 1935

Austria
Lowest since 1945

Germany
2nd lowest since 1949

France
Lowest ever

Italy
Lowest ever

Netherlands
Lowest ever

Sweden
Lowest since 1908

Finland
2nd lowest since 1962

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