The Independent gave a glancing mention of my performance of Fuck You Liberal Democrats at Glastonbury. They got it wrong, I didn't call the LibDems 'fucking shit', nor even as they actually spelled it '****ing s***'. (Can we really not say the words in full? Even though Google says there are 3,110 instances of 'fucking' and 6,580 instances of 'shit' on the Independent's website?). Don't believe what you read in the press, then.
I did call them 'freemarket whores' and direct two fuck yous at them, mind.
But anyway, the other mainstream lefty press thing. I got a whole post on the Guardian's environment blog.
They've just had a weekend of 'hearings' from 20 people with ideas for climate solutions. A panel then chose their ten favourites, and there's a big chunk on the Guardian's site, including a little article and short video presentation on each idea.
Some of them are technological and plausible, such as concentrated solar power (this week saw a big jump forward for that).
There is also Professor Stephen Salter's outrageously dangerous and wacky idea of squirting seawater into the air to create clouds and thereby reflect more sunlight. I've written about that before. Even the Guardian gets defensive mentioning it.
anyone tempted to dismiss his plan as the product of a crank who has spent too much time in the shed would do well to note that Salter was the man behind the Edinburgh Duck, a pioneering 1970s design for harnessing wave energy.
Which is akin to saying that because Isaac Newton's work on physics still towers over the field today, we should also give credence to his extensive writings on demonology. Or that, given the revolutionary impact of the Sinclair ZX81, the C5 is a riproarer. You can't make chicken soup out of chicken shit.
One of the other ideas on the Guardian site is 'carbon conversations', essentially just talking to people one on one and getting round the psychological barriers that prevent people from changing their lifestyles. The pilot schemes have been very effective, making people halve their emissions.
When we talk of jobs in the New Green Deal we tend to think of strapping folks erecting offshore wind turbines, but it could be something as simple and cheap as an army of carbon conversation counsellors, halving personal emissions in a very short space of time for minimal outlay.
Anyway, I wrote a follow-on piece. I'd love to have ripped into Salter's ideas, but there was a butcherly word limit. It's about how technofixation cannot solve the crisis and the underlying cause of climate change, economic growth, is the real issue.
It's on the Guardian's environment blog under the snappy title Swapping Technologies Fails to Address the Root Causes of Climate Change