2 April 2023

Awake, for morning in the bowl of night has flung the stone that puts the stars to flight.

And, lo, has caught the sultan’s turret in a noose of light!

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable

 Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’

Cosas de España/Galiza

In the article on the USA cited below, it’s said that No prime minister in a parliamentary system has anything like the sweeping latitude of an American president. Among the presidential powers is the right to pardon criminals. Well, the Spanish PM has this power and some of Rajoy’s uses of it were highly questionable, as I recall. Here’s the latest case of such pardons. And here’s a (scholarly) article on the power to issue them. It seems to be done rather secretively, which is not really surprising,

Pv city’s flea market was close to its best this morning, at least in the non-gypsy (illegal) quarter/half. Probably reflects the fact that it’s a sunny day and the city is teeming with holiday trippers, ahead of Semana Santa. So, not surprising to read that the prices of seafood have soared in the city’s market. Probably of lamb as well.

I learnt this morning that ‘Plato’ was a nickname – real name Aristocles – and that it meant ‘broad’. This endorses my comment that the camino via Salamanca – La Plata – got its name, not from being the silver route, but because it’s wide.

A little bit of detective work established that the no-name bar in Pv city’s Bar Street is called Pequeño and that is does live music, rock’n’roll specifically. It uses to look like this from outside:

Perhaps it lost its licence and is now trying to hide itself. Stranger things happen in Spain . .

Ahead of elections, there are more taxpayer-funded promotions of the council in today’s VdG, with Pv city offering a full-page ‘Welcome to Paradise’. Presumably legal.

One of the very best of those menu mis-translations . . .


The US was a monarchy disguised as a republic until now, it says here. Nice last paragraph.

And here it’s said that Trump could be president even when behind bars. This happens with local mayors in Spain and perhaps with presidents in South America but the USA . . . ? But another nice final para: For those who lived through the dysfunction of the Trump years, this legal drama has provoked a kind of horrifying nostalgia.  America has been drawn back into the swirling vortex of the never-ending Trump show. And there is no end in sight.


The debate on net zero has entirely shifted the ground on which modern political discourse has been based. Never since the advent of modern socialism has the Left openly advocated making ordinary people poorer. We are living through the most startling political realignment in more than 100 years. Fill article here.

More here on the public backlash in the UK against the ignoring of the ‘needs of the majority of ordinary people’.

I’m finally nearing the end of Fossil Future and hope to comment on it tomorrow, in the belief that one or two readers might be interested in this . . .

The Way of the World

Reading about the verbal and physical violence inflicted by Australasian transgender louts on a women’s right campaigner, I was reminded of when I ran the gauntlet of feral Young Socialists when attending a corporate dinner in Manchester years ago. And I got to wondering if there’s a percentage of every population – psychopaths – which is attracted to whatever cause of the day gives an opportunity for violence. Be it National Socialism or ‘caring’ transgenderism. Especially if it also provides an opportunity for appalling misogyny.

Quote of The Day

In the increasingly insane world of identity politics, in which an accusation of racism has become akin to a sentence of social and career death, perhaps the worst feature of all is that an accused person is guilty until proved innocent.


Una nuda propiedad: Una propiedad que carece del usufructo. Spanish usage,


New to me: Upvoting and Downvoting

Also new to me: To rail someone.

Did you know?

A medieval English city displayed the grid model later made famous by New York.

Finally . . .

As I was leaving my regular watering hole last night, the lovely lady, Jenny, who manages the bar and café there asked me where my knapsack was. I pointed out that I only bring it of a morning, when I need my laptop to write my blog posts. Having told her of this, I promised to mention her today. So, there you go. I should also mention the equally lovely waitresses, Daisy and Carla, who also do a great job.

For new readers:- If you’ve landed here looking for info on Galicia or Pontevedra, try here. If you’re passing through Pontevedra on the Camino, you’ll find a guide to the city there.



1. Ignoring benefits

Questioning the “expert” moral case for eliminating fossil fuels

How to know when the “experts” are wrong

How research works

How dissemination can go wrong

How evaluation can go wrong

The unique, massive, and desperately needed benefits of fossil fuels

Fossil fuels are a uniquely cost-effective source of energy

Cost-effective energy is essential to human flourishing

Billions of people are suffering and dying for lack of cost-effective energy

Do our designated experts really ignore the benefits of fossil fuels?

Ignoring the benefits of all cost-effective energy

Supporting efforts to eliminate cost-effective nuclear energy

Supporting efforts to eliminate cost-effective hydro energy

Indifference to “green” opposition to solar and wind

Ignoring energy experts

A broken knowledge system

Our knowledge system’s apparent hostility towards cost-effective energy could be driving it to overstate fossil fuels’ negative side effects

2. Catastrophizing side-effects

Our knowledge system’s real track record on climate: 180 degrees wrong

The error of catastrophizing

The “expert” prediction of catastrophic global cooling

Catastrophizing resources

Catastrophizing environmental quality

Catastrophizing nuclear energy

An uncorrected failure

Deadly prescriptions

Our missing protection

Understanding both our knowledge system’s energy failure and ours

3. The anti-impact framework

An anti-human moral goal and standard

Eliminating human impact

How our knowledge system’s anti-impact goal drives it to oppose cost effective energy

On the goal of eliminating human impact, the significant impacts of cost-effective energies development are immoral and in need of elimination

How our knowledge system’s anti impact goal drives it to ignore the benefits of cost-effective energy

How our knowledge systems “delicate nurture” assumption drives it to catastrophize the side affects of cost-effective energy

Replacing the anti- impact framework with the human flourishing framework

The goal: human flourishing

Pro-human environmental terminology

The wild potential premise

Full-context evaluation

The human flourishing framework versus the anti-impact framework on C O2 emissions

My project


4. Our unnaturally livable fossil- fuelled world

The full benefits of continuing fossil fuel use

Our knowledge system’s trivialisation of cost effective-energy

What is a “livable planet”?

Looking at the livability of the planet from a human flourishing perspective

Being open to ways in which fossil fuels profoundly benefit the “livability of the planet”

The hydrocarbons and human flourishing hockeystick

The problem of human weakness on a naturally deficient and dangerous planet

Benefit high from denying externality claims This solution: cost effective machine labour and machine food

Humanity’s unprecedented, fossil-fuelled productivity and progress

Powering ultra-cost-effective machine labour


Rapid innovation

Fossil fuel materials

An unnaturally nourishing world

An unnaturally safe world – unprecedented shelter

An unnaturally safe world – unprecedented sanitation

An unnaturally safe world – unprecidented medical care

An unnaturally fulfilling world

Fulfilling productive time

Fulfilling nourishment and protection

Fulfilling leisure time

Fossil fuel’s increasingly overwhelmed, reduced, and neutralised negative side effects

Fossil fuels energy’s side-effects are overwhelmed by its benefits

Benefits overwhelming side-effects: the case of coal in the 1800s

Fossil fuel energy’s side-effects are largely reduced by its benefits

Our knowledge system’s pseudoscientific benefit denial via “studies” and “externality” calculations

Benefit-denying negative studies

Benefit-denying “Externality” claims

5. The unique and expanding cost-effectiveness of fossil fuels

The comparative cost- effectiveness of fossil fuels versus alternatives in a world that needs much more energy

More energy is needed to empower the unempowered world

More energy is needed to further empower the empowered world

More energy is needed for new types of empowerment

Energy efficiency does not mean we need less energy

What is fossil fuel’s secret source?

Looking at the full process of energy production

The first ingredient: the remarkable natural attributes of oil, coal, and natural gas

Natural storage

Natural concentration

Natural abundance

The second ingredient: generations of economic innovation and achievement

The epic replacement challenges for fossil fuel heat and fossil fuel mobility

Ultra-cost-effective heat energy

Reliance on non existent economic achievements such as ultra cost effective multi day electricity storage Ultra-cost-effective mobile energy

The future cost-effectiveness of fossil fuels

6. Alternatives: distortions versus realityy

What is the true potential of alternatives?

The incredible claims of our anti-energy knowledge system

They embrace the anti-impact, anti-flourishing goal of reducing energy use

They insist on “green” (i,e. “low impact”) alternatives while expressing little concern about the anti -impact opposition to these alternatives

They deny the unique cost-effectiveness of fossil fuels today

The current, denied realityy of solar and wind energy

The costs of diluteness

The costs of intermittency

The true potential of solar and wind energy

Denial of the reality of today’s current, small scale solar and wind electricity

Reliance on non existent economic achievements such as ultra-cost-effective multiday electricity storage

Our anti-energy knowledge system’s phoney enthusiasm for solar and wind

The truth about biomass

The truth about geothermal

The suppressed potential of hydroelectric energy

The suppressed potential of nuclear energy

The truth about capturing CO2

Continuing fossil fuel use: 8 fundamental and irreplaceable value


7. The enormous power of fossil-fueled climate mastery

How to evaluate rising CO2 levels

Factoring in the overall benefits of fossil fuels to human flourishing

The climate mastery benefits that will come with rising CO2 levels

The climate impacts of rising CO2 levels, understood without anti-impact bias

The dangerous, diverse, and dynamic global climate system




How powerful is fossil fueled climate mastery?

Mastering dangerous temperatures

Mastering drought

How to think about climate damage

Mastering wildfires

Reducing wildfire fuel load

Barrier building

Direct fire fighting

Mastering storms

Mastering floods and sea level rises

Recognising growing mastery in a world of climate mastery denial

8. The problem of systemic climate distortion

Understanding the likely climate impacts of rising CO2 levels

How (un)trustworthy is the modern climate knowledge system?

The “CO2 benefit denial” distortion

The “deliberate overstatement” distortion

Punishment of climate catastrophe scepticism

Equation of consensus on some climate impact with consensus on massively negative climate impact (the 97% fallacy)

Deliberately overstated report summaries

Deliberate overstatement by designated experts for effect

Finding the full range of minimally distorted expert assessments

Questions and standards for assessing climate claims

9. Rising CO2 levels: the full context

The likely climate impacts of rising CO2 levels: the full context, pro-human evaluation

The impossibility of an unlivable earth

The global climate system is near historic lows in CO2 and temperature

We have no near-term mechanism of reaching even 1/4 the historical high of CO2

Life on earth thrived at far higher CO2 levels and temperatures in the past

Planetary warming is concentrated in colder parts of the earth – it is not truly global

The diminishing and mild greenhouse effect

The limited, masterable, and speculative amplified greenhouse effect



Highly Speculative

Even catastrophist organisations like the IPCC admit that extreme climate CO2 sensitivity is highly speculative

The temperature record supports are much more mild climate CO2 sensitivity

There are myriad ways in which the climate predictors are inclined and incentivised to make extreme predictions

What other climate impacts will warming cause?

How much will sea levels rise?

Ocean acidification”: new “catastrophe”, same old pattern

Given that life has flourished when CO2 levels were far higher, whatever change is happening to the oceans is from some state where a wide variety of life can flourish to another state where a wide variety of life can flourish

The rate and consequences of the change are being wildly, negatively distorted by our knowledge system

No possible negative change in the ocean is going to be significant enough to even offset the benefits of CO2 on land-based life, let alone the benefits of global empowerment

There is a significant ability to master the oceans that is being dismissed

The path forward on climate: full steam ahead


10. Maximising flourishing through energy freedom

A flourishing fossil future: possible but not inevitable

Billions of newly empowered people lifting themselves out of poverty

Continuing and accelerating progress throughout the world

An increasing ability to deal with problems of every kind

Continuing evolution and progress in the realm of energy, including alternatives to fossil fuels

Freedom is fundamental

Protect the freedom to trade

Protect the freedom to develop

End all anti-development incentives to the unempowered world

And anti-impact permitting policies

Protect the freedom to compete

Eliminate all government preferences, above all “green” preferences

Where governments have a monopoly, use the pro-human standard of cost effectiveness

Properly protect the freedom from endangerment

Protecting against abuses of energy

Protecting against endangering side-effects

Endangerment criterion 1: demonstrably and significantly harmful

Endangerment criterion 2: reasonably preventable

Decriminalise nuclear energy

Establish local pollution standards

11. Reframing the conversation and arguing to 100

The seemingly unstoppable movement to eliminate fossil fuels

Why I’m optimistic

The key to the anti-fossil fuel movement success: framing the conversation and arguing to 100

Fossil fuel advocates’ mistake: arguing to 0

Is reframing actually possible?

Reframing the conversation using the human flourishing framework

The undeniable power of properly-framed fundamental truths

The uniquely cost effective energy we get from fossil fuels makes the world an unnaturally livable place – including unnaturally safe from climate – for billions of people

The world is still a barely livable place for billions of people who lack cost-effective energy

No combination of alternatives, least of all unreliable solar and wind, can replace fossil fuels’ ability to provide cost-effective energy for the billions who have it and the billions who need it

Fossil fuels CO2 emissions have contributed to and will continue to contribute too slow, masterable, and often beneficial warming as well as significant global greening- nothing resembling a crisis

The growing energy humanist movement

The limitless power of sharing

The benefits of being an energy champion


  1. In 1946, my maternal grandmother retired to a bungalow in St. Mary’s Bay on the Kent coast between New Romney & Dymchurch. In 1948, my father was posted to NZ by Glaxo Laboratories (as was) to be the MD of an operation to harvest Vitamin from the livers of sharks. During the 6 months before my mother, younger brother & I set sail to join him, I attended a school in Hythe. I had had many holidays in various parts of the Romney Marsh & know its history very well, so I identified Winchelsea immediately by the grid model description you gave.

    “In 1250 and in the following years, a series of violent storms broke through the coastal shingle banks, flooding significant areas and returning it to marsh, and destroying the harbour at New Romney. In 1287, water destroyed the port town of Old Winchelsea (now located some 2 mi (3 km) out in Rye bay), which had been endangered because of its proximity to the sea since at least 1236. Winchelsea, the third-largest port in England and a major importer of wine, was relocated on higher land, with a harbour consisting of 82 wharfs. Those same storms, however, helped to build up more shingle; such beaches now ran along practically the whole seaward side of the marshland.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romney_Marsh


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