What we learned this week

Is I certainly hope so. It’s fiendishly expensive, but it’s a world first large scale renewable energy project. Somebody has to try it first and it might as well be Swansea.

, as tweeted by Bill Gates recently and defended by Stephen Pinker. Depends how you measure it. (I’ve covered this here)

It was good to see my local football club Luton Town in the news this week for being . I knew they were, but I didn’t know they were the first. Nice to see them at the top of the league as well of course…

The new polling is a detailed look into divisions in British society since the EU referendum, and some of the ways of rebuilding trust and hope.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of my book with Katherine Trebeck yet, The Economics of Arrival is available at a special launch price of £10 if you use the discount code POEOA19 at the .

4 comments

  1. DevonChap says:

    Hasell and Rosen of Our World in Data have made a reply to Hinkel’s article here:

    I think the main problem with Hinkel is that he looks at absolute numbers, not including the growth in population. This discussion is best conducted as a percentage of total population. It makes him look disingenuous.

    1. As I said in the post, it depends on how you measure it. If you take the very low bar of $1.25 a day and talk in percentage terms, yes. But as Hickel points out in his article and in his book, that poverty line is deliberately set at a low point so that the UN can claim success on the Millennium Development Goals. Nobody can realistically claim that extreme poverty ends at $1.25 a day, especially not Bill Gates.

  2. J.vernon says:

    It’s worth reading Private Eye regarding the Swansea Barrage. I find their reasons for leaving well alone compelling.Given my own appalling experience with the company Good Energy, any project that they had any interest in would make me run a mile.

    1. I’ve had a look at that, and there are two problems with Private Eye’s very cynical piece. Their main objective is that there is no combination of tides that will allow for constant power across Britain’s coast. I’d never heard the argument that there was such a combination, and it’s no reason not to build the one in Swansea.

      Secondly, Private Eye are wary of taxpayers money going on it, but the government already ruled that out and that’s why it got cancelled first time round. If it gets built now, it will be because of private investment and because it secured buyers for its power in advance.

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