Imagine a conversation somewhere east of the Vistula ...
Some good energy news for a change Mr President. Useful idiots in England have pressurised an out of their depth local council to change its tune about opening a new mine for coking coal. This means we can keep exporting the stuff to them.
Excellent. Tell me, we don’t actually pay these fools do we?
Not at all, Vladimir Vladimirovich. There’s no need; they’re happy to help us export our coal to them because they’re afraid of the bad publicity that opening a coal mine would mean when they are hosting COP26.
So we keep the jobs in Mother Russia, then, and maintain our export market?
Indeed, even though the carbon footprint of our coal is higher than theirs would have been because of the transport costs. And they might have developed an export market themselves.
Tell, me Sergey Viktorovich, how do we make sure that the UK always hosts these COP meetings?
This same conversation (albeit this time between Antony and Joe) also took place east of the Potomac around the same time. For details of who'll continue to export coking coal to the UK see Stastica.
I don't do much by way of the counter-factual exercises that are so beloved of historians for obvious reasons. So what follows is unusual. The question is: what would we (those focused on thinking about sustainability) be concerned about if...
Today is the first significant day of 2023, in Earth terms at least. It is Imbloc, or St Brigit's Day. The mid-point between the Winter Solstice (when the new year really begins) and the Spring Equinox. In our book, Learning,...
I've written before about the odd attitude of the Scottish government when it comes to higher education: its policy of zero fees and capped numbers for Scotland-domiciled students at Scottish universities, leads to unintended consequences. In this case the difficulty...