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Local Fuel Poverty Charity

On 12 Nov 2011 at 9:28am Matt Kent wrote:
In East and West Sussex 74,000 people (5.4 million nationally) will suffer from Fuel Poverty this winter. For more information about local Fuel Poverty and and links to a charitable organisation that helps vulnerable, can be found below. Cheers

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On 12 Nov 2011 at 5:33pm Deelite wrote:
I've looked right down to the basement and can't find a thing
On 12 Nov 2011 at 5:44pm Paul Newman wrote:
Green taxes cover the £200billion bill to switch to wind, wave, solar and nuclear power. They add about ¬£100 to annual bills That bill is going to rise sharply and as a regressive tax it will hit the poor and those on fixed incomes hardest.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 5:50pm Clifford wrote:
And there I was thinking the privatised energy companies were a load of sharks, acting as wholesalers and retailers, bumping up prices to keep their shareholders in the pink. And it turns out it's all the fault of green taxes. Well, hush my mouth, as they say. And the funniest thing of all is Paul Newman, champion of the rich, shedding crocodile tears over the suffering of the poor.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 6:50pm Dingo wrote:
Without a a concerted effort to switch from fossil fuels to renewables now ,we don`t have a future Pau.l Or are you a climate change denier? It would certainly be consistent with your other eccentric views.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 6:52pm Dingo wrote:
Sorry did I say eccentric?I meant predictable .
On 12 Nov 2011 at 6:55pm Yawn... wrote:
Knee jerk. Chip on shoulder. A reaction. That's all.
Move on.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 7:05pm SHS wrote:
Put on a jumper or do some work instead of sitting in front of the telly. Fuel poverty involves being unable to keep rooms at 21 Celsius - extravagant and wasteful. Our thermostat is never above 16.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 7:07pm Clifford wrote:
A couple of facts: The ‚??big six‚?? power companies' profit margins have gone up from £15 per customer in June to ¬£125 per customer. Only ¬£20 of the ¬£300 increase in bills has been as a result of the government‚??s renewable obligations.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 7:39pm Deelite wrote:
Where is your thermostat sitiatued? 15 degrees... iis it in a colder place like near the front door, a rarely used corridor.... a fridge maybe?

21 degrees will be measured as the temperature in a room such as the lounge.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 7:59pm Peasant wrote:
Clifford, I often agree with you, and I rarely agree with Paul, but on this occasion I'm afraid that he does have a really good point.
You pay through your bill for Gus Christie's profit on his Glyndebourne turbine. Well, you will, if he ever gets it connected up.
Why on earth is it not working yet? It is still crawling slowly round whether or not the wind is blowing, and it always faces the same way whichever direction the wind is blowing from. It must have a little electric motor inside. Ringmer friends claim it isn't actually a real turbine - just a cunning signal to his mistress to say when the Mrs is away and the coast is clear. I'm sure that can't really be true.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 8:33pm Paul Newman wrote:
The entire logic of the Green position is that fuel bills must go up. They believe current consumers are not paying the real external cost as (highly dubiously ) calculated by Stern, for example. They think that little old ladies freezing is a price that has to be paid.
Clifford your capitalist conspiracy theories are tin foil hat stuff.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 8:56pm Dingo wrote:
Do you believe global warming is real or not Paul?Yes or no.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 10:49pm Southover Queen wrote:
"The entire logic of the Green position is that fuel bills must go up. " I think it's the basic tenet of capitalism that fuel bills must go up as the supply falters. That's why little old ladies might freeze, and that's because we're using up all the fossil fuels at a totally unsustainable rate and therefore it makes sense for governments to stimulate renewables as a source of energy.

We're all supposed to worship the free market - well here it is in action. If the best way to get people to behave in a way which damages the planet and its future less is to put the prices up so be it, and instead help the little old ladies to insulate their homes so that they cost less to heat in the first place.
On 12 Nov 2011 at 11:44pm Paul Newman wrote:
The globe has been cooling Dingo but I am agnostic on"Climate Change", there was an authoritative report form a conservative (small c) source that very much backed the climate change case only last week.
I will certainly not take lessons in science form a Party that believes in alternative medicine and opposes embryo research.
SQ - Do you have any evidence for that statement ? You are certainly right in principle that of costs are external they will be exploited
On 13 Nov 2011 at 12:11am Dingo wrote:
This is more important than politics Paul this about the survival of life in our beautiful island and our beautiful planet.Think of your children what wlll they inherit from us?Please think again Paul this deadly serious.
On 13 Nov 2011 at 2:21am Dingo wrote:
As far as Iam aware most scientists examining climate change don`t have beards and sandles, knit their own tofu ,drink their own urine and are not members of the green party and they don`t live in wigwams.
On 13 Nov 2011 at 8:42am DFL wrote:
Well, one thing is for sure, we need to get away from fossil fuels. What ever happened to the Torus project ? It seems to be taking forever to get it online !!

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On 13 Nov 2011 at 11:51am Clifford wrote:
Paul Newman wrote: 'I will certainly not take lessons...'
Why not try coming up with your own catchphrases Paul instead of just parroting the ones the Tory ministers use? We watch the Parliamentary questions as well you know.
On 13 Nov 2011 at 11:54am Clifford wrote:
Paul Newman wrote: 'Clifford your capitalist conspiracy theories are tin foil hat stuff.'
No 'conspiracy' Paul. A business's first loyalty is to its shareholders. Profit comes first. That's what they're doing. Ask anyone on here whether they think the energy companies are money-grabbing sharks. I know the answer you'll get. If you're so concerned about the pensioner who can't afford heating why don't you criticise the energy companies' hyper-profits?
On 13 Nov 2011 at 1:27pm Paul Newman wrote:
Clifford run along and discover the difference between normal and supernormal profits and the circumstances under which super normal profits can be realised.
When you have understood, either reconsider you last remark or contact the Monopolies and mergers Commission and /or one of the numerous bodies entrusted with prosecuting price fixing or Monopolistic behaviour.
I will be interested to hear the details of the protocols of Energy you have invented , what was the pass word "Hypothermia "?
On 13 Nov 2011 at 1:29pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
SHS, not everyone can move around or do something strenuous to keep warm. Some people are too old or ill, some are too young. Many people live in housing that doesn't meet decent standards with regard to insulation and draught reduction. Many landlords are reluctant to invest in the homes they rent out.
Thanks for the link, Matt. It may be come in handy for some of my vulnerable clients this winter.
On 13 Nov 2011 at 2:55pm part-timer wrote:
It clearly works, I'm a student and I can't afford to put the heating on so I don't. Curtin-Twitcher I think that really is the problem. In the North East for example there is a lot of property in a relatively poor state with a large percentage rented. Telling people to insulate the property just isn't going to attack the problem. It also gets rather cold up here!
On 13 Nov 2011 at 7:04pm Southover Queen wrote:
"Telling people to insulate the property just isn't going to attack the problem." No, but paying them enough of a subsidy to encourage them to do so might well do so. It would be a great investment, not just in the wellbeing of the population but also in terms of fuel security.

For the sake of the planet, and Paul's grandchildren, we need to reconsider how we consume fossil fuels. We've already exhausted our own natural gas supplies by selling it too cheap, and we're now totally dependent for our winter needs on a bunch of Russian mafiosi. That doesn't strike me as terribly clever. If nothing else, subsidising the efficient insulation of our housing stock should help us to escape the threat of blackmail by Russian oligarchs...
On 13 Nov 2011 at 9:35pm Paul Newman wrote:
Problem is SQ, the same people who say that also prevented our investment in Nuclear Fuel leaving us way behind the French. Why? Childish scare stories , they also insist on starving Africa by blocking GM crops and impoverishing black and brown folk by blocking imports. They are also liars and Weimarist trouble makers who make the Liberal Party look consistent .We are a net exporter of fossil fuel and our dependence on Russia is nothing like as serious as dependence on OPEC was.
I am not against good stewardship of resources but I do not agree with anything the truly awful Green Party says about what to do next. I do not agree that this is a justification for the EU and it is certainly not going to be used as a state of emergency to justify global governance higher taxes or authoritarian power grabs.
I think that nice Mr. Cameron has a reasonable and balanced approach...
On 13 Nov 2011 at 9:40pm Paul Newman wrote:
..PS Actually I don`t they are any less honest than any other political Party , that was a bit OTT. ..hem hem..
On 13 Nov 2011 at 10:10pm Matt Kent wrote:
I hoped the link to fuel poverty was of use to some. There was in interesting article today in the Independent highlighting how utterly blinkered the Coalition are on the future of Feed In Tariffs and the support of other technologies. And to add insult to injury, Norman Baker is a big fan of Tar Sands. Paul, your thoughts on the article link below would be of great interest. Cheers - Matt

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On 13 Nov 2011 at 10:13pm Matt Kent wrote:
The link was too long to be attached but is here also,
On 13 Nov 2011 at 11:26pm part-timer wrote:
"I do not agree with anything the truly awful Green Party says" is this an Anti-Green Party in the formation?
On 14 Nov 2011 at 7:12am Paul Newman wrote:
Left answer on Newmania In Lewes (ex blog)
On 14 Nov 2011 at 11:20am expat two wrote:
Well done. Now we don't have to wade through your insane drivel and you get to think people are reading it, which is all you seem to want - I'd call that a win-win.
Now keep it that way.
On 15 Nov 2011 at 7:49pm mickyboy wrote:
put a big ring round the blades of the glyndebourne blot on the hillscape and get some sponsorship from Mercedes, chances are it would bring in more than the sale of electricity or does this monstrosity produce energy without turning a blade.

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