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UK nuclear plans 'risk collapse if Hitachi talks fail' | Environment | The Guardian
UK industrial and economic policy - subsidies for selected few to profit. fleecing the tax payer. -
Paul Dorfman at the Energy Institute at University College London said: “This would mean the hardworking UK taxpayer and energy consumer, who are labouring under ramping austerity, are being asked to stump up for an extraordinarily expensive nuclear plant just at the time that renewable costs are plummeting.”
UK  energy  policy  subsidies  renewable  nuclear  HinkleyPointC  Hinkley  industrial  Brexit  Austerity  underinvestment 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds | Global development | The Guardian
one in four low-income households struggled to eat healthily or regularly.

More than half of adults across all income groups, ages and household sizes agreed that they had seen the cost of their groceries go up over the past three months, reflecting rising food inflation.
public  health  Austerity  Brexit  shrinkflation  inflation  food  insecurity  UK  crisis  obesity  overweight  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  childhood  JSA  ESA  structural  unemployment  sanctions  child  tax  credit  taxcredit  subsidies  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  NHS 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Electricity consumers 'to fund nuclear weapons through Hinkley Point C' | UK news | The Guardian
Last June, MPs passed a motion in favour of replacing four submarines carrying Trident missiles at a cost of £40bn.

“What our research suggests is that British low-carbon energy strategies are more expensive than they need to be, in order to maintain UK military nuclear infrastructures,” said Stirling.
UK  nuclear  energy  crisis  Hinkley  Point  C  Trident  renewable  subsidies  subsidizing  infrastructure  Military–industrial  complex  USA  weapon  subsidising 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Millions may lose promised pension payout - BBC News
gov has to bail out again corporate greed // Three million savers in final-salary pension schemes only have a 50/50 chance of receiving the payouts they were promised, a study has concluded.
Some employers were under pressure to meet their pension obligations, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) said.
High-profile cases such as the BHS collapse have highlighted concerns over the future of workplace pensions.
The PLSA said one solution could be the pooling of resources into "superfunds".
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
​Sweet Brexit: what sugar tells us about Britain’s future outside the EU | Business | The Guardian
Not only has sugar beet been an unusually reliable source of income for 3,500 of Britain’s arable farmers, but its broad green leaves are an important rotational crop in between soil-sapping wheat. If they are forced to compete head-on with what the NFU regards as artificially subsidised cane sugar from producers places in places such as Brazil and Thailand, it fears the economics of an industry supporting 9,600 jobs will unravel. The NFU accuses many cane-producing countries of dumping exports at prices below their true cost of production because governments offer various complicated farm subsidies. But some of these claims, particularly in Brazil, are disputed.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
"Keiser Report" Episode 985 - YouTube
property prices have to come down. but that would put ppl in neg equity. gov keeping bubble alive. NOW gov buying up non-sold property w 2bn fund! - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/oct/06/government-could-buy-developers-unsold-homes-under-2bn-fund - A £2bn fund to boost housebuilding could be used by the government to offer guarantees to developers that it will step in to take on properties that they are unable to sell. - THIS IS A SMALL SCALE BAILOUT FOR FIRMS BUILDING -- SHITTY & OVERPRICED FLATS AND HOUSES!
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
Philip Hammond ditches Osborne's help-to-buy homes scheme | Money | The Guardian
Philip Hammond has confirmed that the government’s help-to-buy mortgage guarantee scheme will be closed by the end of the year, another of former chancellor George Osborne’s flagships now abandoned by the Treasury.

In a letter to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the chancellor said the scheme had a “specific purpose that has now been successfully achieved”.

Launched in late 2013, the scheme meant buyers only needed to raise 5% of the property value for a deposit, with a government guarantee on a further 15% to give mortgage lenders the incentive to loan larger amounts.
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september 2016 by asterisk2a
UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal
Climate change envoy singles out both countries for subsidising the fossil fuel industry and says the UK has lost its position as a climate leader
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Hidden Wealth of Nations - YouTube
This lecture will discuss how big the wealth hidden in offshore tax havens is, what are the consequences for inequality, how tax havens work and are organized, and how we can begin to approach a solution. // 8trn dollars. // some 8% or more of wealth offshore. some parts ie russia even more
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
What quality of life can minimum wage workers afford? - YouTube
&! youtu.be/9-Y7BPqj_G0 - One NYC family's struggle to survive on a fast food salary //&! Living Paycheck to Paycheck | The New York Times - youtu.be/45Ouqrnku2g //&! A Family Faces Food Insecurity in America’s Heartland - youtu.be/uV2XCQZWf_g //&! 2010, TrueNewsNetwork is more liberal conservative leaning take, against redistribution - youtu.be/F7Pq_FDIcpw //&! Poor Kids (Documentary) - Real Stories - youtu.be/i9aSp9bFmMg //&! Do minimum wage increases actually help the poor?
PBS NewsHour - youtu.be/_S0KeeGO660
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Future of Steel - Ken Clarke & Paul Mason - BBC Newsnight
[TORIES CRISIS: bedroom tax, JSA sanctions killing people, Food Banks, redefining child poverty and fuel poverty, Independent Living Fund closed, Housing Crisis, tax cut defeat in Lords, mental health, NHS strikes, Hinkley Point C, energy prices, London Airport expansion/3rd runway, ESA cut, PIP cut and resignation of IDS, Brexit splitting the Party, shit world economy, can't touch triple-lock pensions, Academy plans, Panama Papers (British Territory: Bahamas, Cayman & Co).] Now - Tories are victims to their own policy of underinvestment since 2010 of a future-proof economy "long-term predictability" [BREXIT & austerity not predictable]. Energy prices too high, not competitive. Manufacturing never recovered. Monetary policy has run its course (sedative + Chinas credit bubble). policy folly now wholly exposed! AND now they tinker with the idea of picking winners! LOL! nationalising or part-nationalising through guarantees or subsidies on energy price. & youtu.be/QJw24Z-cEoQ
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Sovietization of capitalism (E723) - YouTube
BIS 100% of private debt and finance sector larger than 3.9% of economy bad ... and siphoning off talent from more productive fields of work. And finance favours lending to property and land (low productivity). [...] financial products (derivatives) do not help economy. is just a financial product, fee collection. rentier! rent-seeking behaviour! fees fees fees. (JP Morgan, 89% of profits, see interview) [...] QE reflated asset prices/share prices! // In the second half, Max interviews David Graeber about his new book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Store more energy in water', says Scottish Power - BBC News
Scottish Power is planning to double the size of its hydro-electric power plant which creates and stores energy. It says the UK will need much more energy storage capacity as renewables increase on the National Grid. It says it can add 400 megawatts (MW) of on-demand electricity by building a new dam in front of the existing dam. But it says the £300-£400m cost is prohibitive unless it can get a guaranteed floor price for its use from the government. In return, Scottish Power says it will accept a cap on profits.
energy  price  energy  policy  energy  storage  energy  security  Smart  Grid  subsidies  subsidizing  renewable  energy 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget - BBC News
[ LOL! ] But recent figures showing the UK economy was smaller than expected meant savings must be found in his Budget statement on 17 March, he said. [...] Mr Osborne said he would rather look for extra cuts now than risk breaking his own manifesto commitment to achieve a surplus in the budget by the end of this Parliament. The chancellor did not completely rule out raising taxes in the event of a further slowdown in growth, but said that now was not the time for "significant" tax hikes. [...] I'm absolutely clear we've got to root our country in the principle that we live within our means and that we have economic security." [...] "whole purpose of our economic plan was to have a budget surplus. [...] we got big challenges at home to make the economy more productive even as more people get work. [ because having part of your budget in the property bubble is so productive ] [...] I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure." [ NOT CHANGING PLANS ie U-TURN ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pleasure Trap - PART ONE - Alan Goldhamer DC - YouTube
what if feeding behaviour would not be rewarded. ... do you stop feeding yourself? // artificially stimulate = addiction. keep drinking/eating to avoid feeling bad. // Cocaine. Rats take cocaine till they are dead. Addiction to dopamine rush. 10x dopamine rush smoking cocaine than having an orgasm. // Salt Sugar Fat - Book. Bliss point. << food conglomerate. taste = how much dopamine is released in brain, rewarding it feels. = Dietary Excess. // &! Part 2 - white sugar. processed. no fiber. does not exist in nature. same effects on liver as alcohol! // NO OIL! oil does not exist in nature. // Salt // << SOS Salt Oil (Free Fat) Sugar. // 25 of calories come from added sugars, in the avg Teenage Diet Study. //&! Breaking The Food Seduction - by Dr. Neal Barnard - youtu.be/TDgA3T_JF2A //&! Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar -- Physically Addictive (Barnard) - youtu.be/5VWi6dXCT7I //&! Dr. Doug Lisle "Pleasure Trap" 2013 - youtu.be/Dtf9-4KNKkE
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Fiscal Costs of Hidden Deficits: Beware—When It Rains, It Pours | iMFdirect - The IMF Blog
For example, governments are often expected to cover the debts of local authorities or state-owned enterprises when these are unable to pay. Sometimes, governments also incur substantial costs from financial sector bailouts. Countries like Australia and the United Kingdom, record, monitor, disclose, and manage these potential liabilities to minimize risks to their budgets. However, in most cases, taxpayers only know about them when it’s too late. That is, when these liabilities are no longer “potential” but “actual.”
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Full-time work is no bar to poverty in UK, report says | Society | The Guardian
Despite at least one adult working full time, millions of households cannot make ends meet, Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports [...] Millions of households struggle to make ends meet even though they include at least one adult in full-time work, according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Living standards have declined since 2008 despite the economy’s return to growth, the anti-poverty charity said, warning that families with children are at particular risk of a life in poverty. [...] The MIS is determined by asking members of the public to define what is needed to “live to an adequate level”. The threshold is £16,850 for a single person, £25,600 for a lone parent with one child and £36,060 for a single breadwinner with two children. [...] Approximately 11.6 million people in the UK live below the MIS, [...] An improving economy alone is not guaranteed to reverse this rise.” [...] [ no economic security in this recovery! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Help-to-buy loan scheme nets Treasury £213m in paper profit | Money | The Guardian
[ gov is not co-owner of private property! Make away with Nurse Bursaries and other gov support for education. But support the property price! by keeping supply always lower than demand. and use policy to increase demand w subsidies! where to put their savings! & subsidy for builders ] Rising house prices across much of England mean a government scheme to help buyers of newbuild property may have made more than £200m for the Treasury in its first two-and-a-half years. The help-to-buy equity loan scheme gives buyers an interest-free loan for five years in return for a percentage stake in their property. When the home is sold, the buyer returns the same percentage of the sale price, meaning that any fall or rise in house prices affects the return. Analysis by property firm Hometrack and shared with the Guardian suggests that a surge in house prices in some areas means the total value of homes bought through the scheme since its launch in April 2013 has increased by more than £1bn.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Affordable housing: David Cameron’s starter homes plan is not the solution | Society | The Guardian
Affordable housing: David Cameron’s starter homes plan is not the solution A proposal to create ‘starter homes’ selling for 20% below market rate may be good news for developers, but is unlikely to make them build more houses. [...] Even if the starter homes plan does lead to an uptick in building, these are homes that will be on the market to buy, not for rent. They will give those who might have used the existing help to buy scheme an alternative choice, but they don’t offer an affordable alternative to homeownership, or an option for the priced-out. Mortgage rates mean that homes are relatively cheap to own, but expensive to buy, and raising a deposit for a home that can cost up to £250,000 outside London and £450,000 in London is no mean feat. To take a 95% mortgage on a £200,000 property you are looking at £10,000, plus stamp duty and other charges. Try saving that up when your rent is rising each year. //&! bit.ly/1Tcvlg6 - Cameron has to buy off his MP's constituency on policy
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Housing: Corbyn and Cameron clash over 'right-to-buy' - BBC News
[ micro/macro econ policy folly / error to promote home ownership. the only asset of UK households hold ... has to be kept afloat! by any means necessary. + Help to Buy ] The way the government intends to pay for its plans to allow social tenants in England to buy their homes is "extremely questionable", MPs say. The Commons Communities Committee criticised the funding model for the right-to-buy scheme, which will see housing associations reimbursed for selling homes to tenants at discounts. [ AND WITH THE MONEY THEY WANT TO BUILT STARTER HOMES FOR THE 30-20% of UK HOUSEHOLDS THAT CAN AFFORD A DOWN PAYMENT OF A 250-400k HOME. ] &! bit.ly/1hpXShr - PM will promise to tear up planning rules in effort to encourage developers to build more housing for first-time buyers //&! Buy to Rent w its tax breaks is a subsidy for privileged! & MPs say it should be paid for directly rather than via council house sales. Ministers say it will help create a million new homeowners by 2020.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
If we want to solve the housing crisis, we must answer these three questions | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
[ prices have to stay afloat by any means, or conservatives are out for the next decade or two as they have done nothing to balance two sides. they continued to inflate the bubble further. proclaiming uk as home owning nation. ] If you then dramatically slash the supply of social housing, through right-to-buy and reduced council building, you create a permanent imbalance that turns home ownership into a form of asset investment. What you get then is boom and bust. And the only way to cure the bust is for the government to greet every collapse in market prices with effective state subsidies for home ownership. This, in turn, induces a speculative frenzy of one way bets – on development, on buy to let, on off-plan investment buying from abroad.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK trade deficit widens further as exports suffer | Business | The Guardian
Nevertheless, the UK’s goods trade gap with the rest of the world widened by £1.9bn to a record high of £125bn in 2015. Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight, said: “UK exports have clearly struggled in recent months, as they have been hampered by sterling’s overall strength in 2015, particularly against the euro, and moderate global demand. [...] Recent declines in the value of sterling are expected to support exports sales, though the deteriorating global situation could mitigate against an improved exchange rate. [...] “Nonetheless, any progress in reducing the trade deficit is likely to be extremely slow in the near term, leaving the recovery reliant on domestic demand.” [...] [ you can lower your corp tax, but if your country is shitty in business environment ie infrastructure and employee qualifications and immigration ... nobody wants to do business ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
As growth falters, Osborne hopes Mark Carney can keep a lid on interest rates | Business | The Guardian
The chancellor faces lower GDP and lower tax receipts as a result. So it’s vital that consumers’ desire to keep spending isn’t hit by a nasty shock from the Bank [ // Confidence Fairy // ] The Bank of England has downgraded its forecasts for the UK’s GDP growth and the outlook for wages, most likely robbing the exchequer of vital income tax receipts. And without the funds to maintain pensions and health service spending, his critics will gleefully play back the speech from last November during which he declared that Britain was on the road to becoming “the most prosperous and secure of all the major nations of the world”. [...] Yet his words ring hollow when so many of the post-crash problems are still with us, from the burden of high private and public debts to Europe’s rapidly ageing population, which encourage saving over investment, and a reluctance from government and big business to boost capital spending.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
More Evidence Supporting the House of Debt | House of Debt
Many have argued that we overstate the importance of housing and household debt in explaining the Great Recession and weak recovery. They point to the banking crisis, policy uncertainty, or excessive regulation as equally or even more important. The data released today by the BEA show pretty clearly that the arguments we make in House of Debt remain relevant for thinking about economic weakness today. In our view, the explanation we provide is the most consistent with the striking difference in consumption across states. // From Comments: Without real median income rising you can’t grow in an economy based on debt expansion
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Masters in Business: Nobel-Prize Economist Paul Krugman (Audio) by Bloomberg View
// most times conviction is lacking, trapped in the bubble, no non-conformity, too much of a comfortable life. // 28:30! Confidence Fairy >> austerity from 2010! vested interest plays big role! Policy Makers are on the side of credit, on bond holders. bond holders don't like inflationary period! ... Hyperinflation will come any day! // 31:00 econ needs to be reformulated in class rooms to be much broader subject! << see robert shiller interview! ie behaviour, sociology and psychology, irrational behaviour // 44:15 on keynes! was no left wing socialist, he tried to save capitalism! he had world changing analysis! sometimes there can not be enough demand, same with sometimes it is good to have waste vs nothing, pointless ways to spend money can have a positive effect. ie infrastructure investment - repaving roads = less private repair bills! public transportation = less drunk driving accidents. history shows fiscal stimulus gets always too early withdrawn from deficit hawks!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Masters in Business: Yale Professor Robert Shiller (Audio) by Bloomberg View
history has proven again, markets are not efficient long-term // psychology is disreputable in econ department. // cognitive dissonance - justifying X action by looking around ... / Efficient-market hypothesis is a hypothesis for a reason; "it's a half-truth" "sometimes market moves don't reflect market news." // irrational exuberance // book fooled by randomness // 24:00 eugene phama - markets are very efficient, prices reflect all the knowledge out there, just buy the index, don't try to beat the market. buy passive index // don't play poker with your life savings. << robert shiller // 30:00 look at politics science, sociology, psychology - influence markets, people. broader disciplines. economists disregard them. // finance is about manage risk! about being a productive society and progress, and not suffer from boom and bust cycle! + financing activities ie VC gov supported R&D // & gov being a support pillar for all and not picking winners, can't forecast the future!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Employment and Support Allowance should not be cut - campaigners - BBC News
- bbc.in/1mhcpOT // putting disabled into poverty. as long as people are discriminated against in the workplace ... and no anonymous interview, nor CV exists ... this is not fair. // POSITIONING and SPIN and PR - less money and incentive vs a better life ... "A DWP spokesman said the government was "committed to ensuring that people have the best support possible". "The current system needs reform because it fails to provide the right incentives, and acts to trap people on welfare," the spokesman said."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nearly 14,000 disabled people have mobility cars taken away - BBC News
Independent Living Allowance ILA/ PIP personal independent payment & disability fund. // biggest cause of disability of 40 and older? stroke. diet and lifestyle attributed. // how much higher pay and lower taxes and less welfare state is paying for mobility scooters or cars that are customised for disabled person to drive? // // Nearly 14,000 disabled people who rely on a specialist motoring allowance have had their cars taken away from them following government welfare changes. [...] The government hopes to save £2bn as a result of the switch from DLA to PIPs. [ during a parliament term ] while tax evasion to the tune of +20bn a year goes on [ and around 70bn in europe (guestimate) ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rewe droht mit Klage gegen Fusion von Edeka und Kaiser's - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Supermarktkette Edeka will Kaiser's Tengelmann übernehmen - mit Sondererlaubnis von Wirtschaftsminister Gabriel. Konkurrent Rewe hält das für rechtswidrig und kündigt nun juristischen Widerstand an.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
DWP post for Amazon boss is 'disgusting', says Margaret Hodge | Business | The Guardian
The Labour MP and tax campaigner Margaret Hodge has described as “disgusting” a plan to give an executive of online retailer Amazon, one of the companies at the centre of an intensifying row over taxes, a directorship at the Department for Work and Pensions. Hodge was responding to the news, first revealed by Sky News, that Amazon’s head of Chinese operations, Doug Gurr, is to become a non-executive director of the DWP. The DWP said it would issue a statement, which was not available at the time of publication. Amazon declined to comment. [...] Amazon’s UK business paid just £11.9m in tax in 2014, even though its Luxembourg unit took £5.3bn from internet sales in the UK. [...] [ in private VIP tax deals, double standard, no representation, no democracy. one rules for the oligarchy/plutocracy and another for the peons. ] [ amber rudd - tobacco ties ] [ judgement call by George Osborne to make tax deals and not make everyone equal however big or small they are ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The lights are going out for solar energy
Back in December, when most people were focussed on Christmas and not renewable subsidies, the government quietly published their decision to cut Feed-in Tariffs for industries such as solar, wind and hydropower by a staggering 65 per cent. Included in the small print was analysis which showed a possible 19,000 job losses, mostly in solar, which would see that industry shrink to under half its size. [...] Instead the government is thinking short-term, and our economy will suffer. For a party that wants people to think of it as economically competent, this is an incredibly bad move.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor (From Herald Scotland)
[ great picture of IDS. redistribution from bottom to the top. ] THE TORY government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs, with critics warning introducing the "shockingly harsh" penalties risks plunging workers into poverty. A number of pilot schemes are currently being carried out in the UK – including in Inverness – to assess a new scheme which the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says is aimed at helping workers on low earnings take on more hours and increase their income. Benefits can be stopped if claimants fail to meet requirements outlined by the DWP – such as missing Jobcentre appointments or failing to show evidence of looking for more work for a certain number of hours a week, on top of their usual job.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish cabinet calls on UK Chancellor to cut oil and gas 'tax burden' - BBC News
- how about putting money in renewable schemes? duh? // selecting an industry, that is clearly on the down, in the long run. duh! and is clearly not contributing a carbon free economy!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wohnungsbau: Bund und Länder planen höhere Steuerförderung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Suche nach einer bezahlbaren Wohnung ist in vielen Städten extrem schwierig. Bund und Länder wollen private Investoren beim Bau preiswerter Immobilien steuerlich entlasten - und dabei auf mehr als vier Milliarden Euro verzichten.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Minister will tell Amazon to pay living wage as firm makes new jobs pledge (From Herald Scotland)
MINISTERS are to meet Amazon bosses to discuss concerns over pay and working conditions at the online retail giant, as it emerged that the firm is set to create hundreds of new jobs in Scotland this year. The Scottish Government will attempt to persuade the company to pay the living wage to workers, after Nicola Sturgeon was challenged over claims that its warehouses are an "exceptionally horrible place" to work despite it being backed millions in public grants. [...] in-work poverty
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why is the pound falling so sharply? - BBC News
Weak economic data is casting doubt on the future performance of the UK economy, with inflation persistently well below the Bank of England's 2% target and earnings growth slowing down from a six-year high. Earlier this month, figures for November showed that UK industrial output had suffered its sharpest decline since 2013. Looking further ahead, investors are worried about the outcome of a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU. As Andy Scott of foreign exchange services firm HiFX put it: "Concerns over the UK economy and the risk of a Brexit look likely to continue to haunt sterling." Traders are also generally more risk-averse in the light of the global turmoil caused by Chinese market problems and falling oil prices, which makes them reluctant to buck sterling's downward trend.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK and Scottish governments 'must back creative industries' - BBC News
ground work yes, but not picking industries nor companies! may make sense for career politicians term time. but not long-term. never paid. never paid to pick companies - vs - laying the fundamentals for industries to grow. ie infrastructure, training, competitiveness (ie energy price), but no competition on corporate tax rate ... // UK relied on the City, banking - New Labour was financed by corporate tax rate coming from the city during the heydays. // gov can not play invisible hand. it's called invisible hand for a reason.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
"Markets Crash When They're Oversold" | Zero Hedge
Technology Destroying Jobs + While the big driver of the decline in economic growth since the 1980’s has been a structural change from a manufacturing based economy (high multiplier effect) to a service based one (low multiplier effect), it has been exacerbated by the increase in household debt to offset the reduction in wage growth to maintain the standard of living. This is shown clearly in the chart below. [...] In fact, each job created in energy-related areas has had a “ripple effect” of creating 2.8 jobs elsewhere in the economy from piping to coatings, trucking and transportation, restaurants and retail. Simply put, lower oil and gasoline prices may have a bigger detraction on the economy than the “savings” provided to consumers.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Börse: Warum Schwellenländer für die Kurskrise sorgen - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Chronisch überschüssige Leistungsbilanz [ & Over capacity for less/stagnant demand ... + biggest credit bubble (china) popped as the west can't afford more. QE and ZIRP has run it's way! ] [...] Der Grund, warum der deutsche Aktienindex weitaus mehr betroffen ist als andere europäische Indizes, liegt allein an der strukturellen Abhängigkeit der deutschen Industrie von Blasen in anderen Ländern. Anstatt auf bessere Stimmung zu hoffen, sind Anleger gut beraten, sich über den weiteren Verlauf der Schwellenländerkrise Gedanken zu machen. [...] [ Fed taper makes things more difficult to serve debt ] [...] Langfristig sind es die Gewinne und nicht die Zinsen, die die Aktienpreise treiben. //&! China (Asia/BRIC/Frontier Market) Corporate Bond Yields up - bit.ly/1Sme7fV & NPL probably too. //&! If property is biggest item of household wealth in a property bubble (UK, China, ... USA) - bit.ly/1Zpiy8M
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Committee warns of decline in Scottish employment standards - BBC News
[ always announcing new jobs created #, but not the wage ] Members said there had been a "decline in job quality" in recent years, with an increase in low-paid zero-hours contract jobs since the 2008 recession. Their report said public money could be better used to support workers. The committee heard evidence from scores of organisations and took submissions from more than 600 people. Convener Murdo Fraser said the evidence from firms and workers suggested there had been a decline in job quality and an increase in low-paid jobs on "exploitative" zero-hours contracts in recent years. He said: "Whilst employment statistics point to an increase to those in work, if we look beyond the figures, we have uncovered a worrying trend in poor quality employment. [...] "We heard during our inquiry that poor quality work has a significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why should Rachel Watt have to sleep in her wheelchair? | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
This is the hidden face of Britain’s social care crisis: disabled people left without help in their own homes. Read most coverage of the cuts to social care and it is easy to believe the crisis solely affects older people. According to research by Scope, 83% of disabled people in this country are now living without sufficient hours in their care package. That means being unable to get out of the house or waiting 14 hours to go to the toilet. This is what happens when austerity strips £4.6bn from social care spending in five years. As the government squeezes local authorities, social care has been left with a “funding gap” – a gaping wound, shall we say – that is growing by £700m a year. The King’s Fund thinktank has told the Guardian that the financial prospects for Britain’s social care system in 2016 “could not be worse”. [...] The biggest trick the government can play is the myth that any of this is inevitable. [...] It is the political choice[.]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - YouTube
"total fraud [...] if we let fossil fuel be the cheapest form of energy [...] price should reflect cost to society and the planet. [...] COP21 resolutions are jump change versus realities. [...] helps to stop to subsidies renewable bc renewable will be more favorable because fossil fuels will be more expensive."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Osborne warns of 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risks - BBC News
[ repeat phrases - "strong economy", "strong economy, strong NHS" ] The UK faces a "cocktail" of serious threats from a slowing global economy as 2016 begins, Chancellor George Osborne has warned. Speaking in Cardiff, Mr Osborne said this year is likely to be one of the toughest since the financial crisis. He told business leaders that far from "mission accomplished" on the economy, "2016 is the year of mission critical". His message is in stark contrast to the positive tone of his Autumn Statement, when he said the UK was "growing fast". [...] that the Autumn Statement had put in place a four-year plan to restore the UK's public finances, and make the economy more productive, with businesses more competitive so they could create jobs. [...] Mr Osborne told the Today programme the UK's economic recovery was not "a debt-fuelled recovery", citing the support of the governor of the Bank of England in his assessment. [ not public, but private household debt! ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Money Box, Student Finance - Necessary reform or the betrayal of a generation?
Student Finance - Necessary reform or the betrayal of a generation? Lord Willets, former Minister for Universities and Science and Sally Hunt, General Secretary of the University and College Union give their view on George Osborne’s plans. // shifting an item off the public balance sheet that he is held accountable, reducing the budget deficit. and the payback rate (threshold) is not progressive, gradual. the 9% added tax rate is fixed, after earning 21k. 29% tax vs 20%. also scheme does not subsidies interest rates as much as you would expected, as the state can loan at lower rates. broken also conditions at 2012, letters said conditions could change.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Money Box, Gift Aid
When you give to charity do you tick the box that says please Gift Aid this donation? If you do then George Osborne kindly adds 25% to the gift. So if you give £100 it is worth £125 to the charity. This scheme costs more than £1 billion a year. But should we subsidise charities? One woman who thinks not is Lady Moyra Bannister. She wrote to the Times recently to argue that all gift aid should be scrapped. Paul Lewis asked her why. // >> individual chooses where his tax goes to. // companies also receive tax relief for investment // HMRC needs to close tax loopholes, for that needs some more staff to investigate dubious charities that are used as tax avoidance schemes.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Progress on social mobility 'too slow' - BBC News
Progress on closing the gap between rich and poor pupils has not moved fast or far enough to tackle the gulf within a divided Britain, a report says. [...] 'Stronger economy' A government spokesman said it was committed to an "all-out assault on poverty". "Our investment in childcare is helping parents get into work and give their children the best start in life, while the pupil premium and school reforms are ensuring every child gets a good education." The spokesman said work was the best way out of poverty, adding that the number of workless households was at a record low.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Credit rating: why George Osborne has got his name on Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Film | The Guardian
[ still, after all the cuts to culture and arts. this is a Politicians Prestige 'celebrity-like' Object, for Disney Company (who bought Star Wars franchise for 4bn) which avoids taxes through several loopholes and deals; cbsn.ws/1IoxfGW & bit.ly/1641Jvx & bit.ly/165eVQM & bbc.in/1GeICMa ] [ competitive devaluation - tax - for jobs. it is always jobs. easy claim to create jobs ] The prominent credit that George Osborne and Ed Vaizey received in the final roll of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has turned into something of an embarrassment for the government – not only because of the government’s persistent attempts to associate itself with the record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster – which led to Osborne getting booed at the premiere for the film in London’s Leicester Square – but also because of large-scale reimbursements the film is expected to receive from HMRC under the government’s film tax-relief scheme.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Congress OKs year-end budget deal, sends to Obama
$680 billion tax package extending dozens of breaks touching all sectors of the economy, making several of them permanent & tossing the entire cost onto the deficit. [pork barrels] [...] But they boasted of using their leverage, veto threats from Obama & the GOP's craving for the oil export ban to extract numerous concessions from Republicans, including five-year extensions of solar and wind tax credits, a top goal for Reid. And they blocked numerous policy "riders" Republicans sought on the environment and other issues. "They wanted big oil so much that they gave away the store," Pelosi gloated [...] The bill extends more than 50 expiring tax cuts, with more than 20 becoming permanent, including credits for companies' expenditures for research and equipment purchases, and reductions for lower-earning families and households with children and college students. Ryan cited the lifting of the oil export ban, the large increase for the Pentagon & curbs on the activities of EPA & IRS
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Sports Direct is a reflection of the modern British economy | Letters | Business | The Guardian
Sports Direct seems to be a metaphor for the modern British economy. “The conscious strategy would seem to be to rely on cheap labour rather than costly investment,” as your editorial (11 December) says. It also illustrates the epidemic growth of workforce insecurity which plagues a nation scarred by the rise of the precariat. Britain is rapidly becoming the sweatshop of Europe, and this, along with bubbles in consumer debt and house prices, has been a major part in such anaemic recovery as we have seen over the past five years. [...] [ HMRC cut under austerity, can't do it's job ] //&! theguardian.com/business/sports-direct-international //&! bit.ly/1jTkmsi - transferring assets. then bringing in administrators. leaving suppliers empty.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Disabled students fear loss of essential support - BBC News
[ easy thing to move double digit spend off balance sheet onto someone else's - Career Politicians trick ] "Disabled students should be allowed equal opportunities to non-disabled students and to put it bluntly, the cuts to DSA limit our futures. "Having discussed the cuts to DSA with deaf and other disabled students I have seen a trend in a loss of hope. These students, myself included, feel disregarded by the government and our access to higher education has been unjustly restricted." [...] The National Union of Students fears small, specialised institutions will struggle to meet the costs. Disabled students' officer Maddy Kirkman said the changes risked inconsistency in support and complained the government had ignored these concerns. [...] The Green party said the changes amounted to a £70m cut to support for disabled students. [...] She warned that disabled students could "fall into a no man's land" with government and universities each claiming it is the other's responsibility.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Half of £24bn nuclear reactor investment will go to overseas suppliers | Business | The Guardian
More than half of the £24bn expected to be spent on the first British nuclear reactors for two decades could go abroad to foreign suppliers, a leading UK academic and government adviser has warned. The issue is of extreme political sensitivity because George Osborne has already faced criticism for providing huge subsidies to Hinkley, which is being developed by EDF Energy of France.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Study finds promise in expanding renewables based on results in three major economies
The report from Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance analyzes the experiences of Germany, California and Texas, the world's fourth, eighth and 12th largest economies, respectively. It found, among other things, that Germany, which gets about half as much sunshine as California and Texas, nevertheless generates electricity from solar installations at a cost comparable to that of Texas and only slightly higher than in California. [...] "Our findings suggest that renewable energy has entered the mainstream and is ready to play a leading role in mitigating global climate change," [...] Germany's success in deploying renewable energy at scale is due largely to favorable treatment of "soft cost" factors such as financing, permitting, installation and grid access. This approach has allowed the renewable energy policies of some countries to deliver up to four times the average deployment of other countries, despite offering only half the financial incentives.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
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