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Scotland renewable energy – Best response to climate change

Juan Cole departs from his usual topic of the Middle East to give credit where huge credit is due. Scotland is well on its way to powering itself entirely on renewable energy. They are showing the world that this can be done. Scotland renewable energy is primarily hydro and wind. However tidal turbines and wave devices are in development and should be commercially available soon. They are on target to hit their goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020 and have been rightfully called “the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy.” While they do have NIMBYS too (The Donald has hissy fits at the thought of wind turbines visible from Scottish golf courses and his home there), Scotland is way ahead of the US on renewable energy. The US still has no offshore wind while Scotland may power much of their country from it soon.

Winner: The 2012 Amun-Ra award goes the far-sighted First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, one of the contemporary world’s great heroes. Scotland gets the award because it has the ambitious goal of getting 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and it is making amazing progress toward attaining it. Although many provinces or countries get 60% or more of their electricity from renewables, most of these depend mainly on hydro-electric. For those without riparian resources, the challenge is to implement other renewable energy generating technologies. Scotland is favorably situated to develop wind power, and is going for it in a big way.

How the world of Eton sees Scotland and Scottish Independence

by Gerry Hassan

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

The name of Eton resonates down through English tradition and privilege: from the Dave ‘n’ Boris show to the wider return of the old Etonians across public life.

It has produced nineteen British Prime Ministers and a host of Scottish and British iconoclasts and radicals from Tam Dalyell and Neal Ascherson to John Maynard Keynes and George Orwell.

Eton was an august setting for debating Scottish independence in the week of the Scottish and UK Government’s agreement on the single question referendum: yes or no on whether Scotland should exit the union. On the same day the Eton master Mike Grenier publicly warned of the dangers of parents micro-managing their children’s free time. Grenier advised that the ‘turbo-charged fathers’ and ‘tiger mothers’ that pay £30,000 per annum in fees should ‘embrace a little idleness’ with their children.  Read More