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Short term governance for Long term problems.

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China is transforming energy fast.
China is Progressive.
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Asean Energy Industry needs to untangle systems.
Asean energy tangles
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The public can revolt against excess.
Bungled economies lead to public unrest.
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Sir David King's energy review includes Fusion.
Chief Scientists make predictions. Can Politicians respond?
Welcome to the EfN discussions of the Politics of Energy
and of Nuclear Proliferation.
Politics operates on timescales of 1 day to 1 year, the election cycle s of 4-5 years, and the consequences over decades and centuries. EfN is aimed at the yearly cycle and the long term.
Politics is not just about politicians. Industry and the Media have a lot of influence. The story of Nuclear Proliferation is entirely political, so this is the right place to discuss it.

Please contribute to the balance here. You can interact with us via the
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OPENER: THE POLITICS OF ENERGY

The politics of Energy generates far more words than all the scientific publications on energy. We divide the subject by the principal players in Governance, Industry, Media and Citizen groups, and the special area of Nuclear power in all its forms.

Openers are provided for each.

The libraries house considered pieces on subjects rather than a massive news stream of passing interests.

The short gallery on the left shows pinhole views of the sections.

The links on the right take you the relevant floors of the Politics building.

1. GOVERNANCE
Energy is the largest business on the planet and central to our civilisation. Managing its production and use depends on what is now called Good Governance for the benefit of the state and its population. The time scales of elections and other leadership changes are much shorter than the 20 years for development of new systems or and 60-100 years of service life of power production plants. The guiding principals for each governing period may not match these long term needs.

The oppressive rule of kings and despots clearly restrained enterprise and trade to the benefit of none. The desire for Free Trade has won out but has now undermined national sovereignty to become uncontrolled in its search and exploitation for profit. Big Corporations have more wealth and power than most countries so governance is reduced to providing social services for the labour forces.

This is a sort of cubist view of politics, sketched in a few strokes, but the main fracture lines are clear.

The Markets know Best fallacy.
What are the big consequences of the Free Trade ethos in UK? The government has clearly abrogated responsibility for enterprise, leaving it to the 'market' to select the most profitable future, rather than the most beneficial.
National energy security in electricity is yielded to Spanish (Scottish & Southern), German (Npower and RWE), French (EdF), Dutch & Danish (Wind energy) and of course China in many roles. The pattern is repeated in Aerospace, Cars, Water supplies, trains, private health care, buses, and nuclear energy.

The UK has made tragic decisions on education, science and technology which have damaged our ability to do things and make things. The rest of the world have maintained their systems of national laboratories which employ full time scientists, engineers, and technicians on significant long term projects. Universities and colleges trained tens of thousands in the newest skills. Now it is a trickle. The top universities find the whole secondary education system inadequate preparation for their courses.

The UK has eliminated almost all national laboratories or privatised them to owners uninterested in long term goals. University research with graduate students and busy professors is no substitute. The Max Planck Institutes, Academies, and national laboratories lead others to the fore. National survival and company survival run on different timescales and governments should support the long scale costs.

These are just some of the issues of governance principles which are inappropriate to a productive UK future. We will look to discuss both sides of these evaluations.

Agencies
UK government departments and their various Agencies have been stripped of serious expertise as part of the retreat from real responsibility for developments. Their ability to even manage or supervise projects is seriously diminished. Large computer system developments have become notorious for their failures to deliver or even to work. Foreign IT companies have become adept at squeezing large revenues from failing projects, only to be awarded new contracts after each failure.
The Private Finance Initiatives have been set up with conditions absurdly in favour of the contractors and quite unlike real life agreements between companies.
The list is long, and the MoD has not yet been mentioned.


2. INDUSTRY

Many Corporations actually do things and make things, do research into new products, and create new futures. The drive for profits brings abuses, like deliberately short lived appliances which require customers to buy a new one every few years. Exploitation, not efficiency. Governments need to be closely engaged and supportive of real wealth generators, not money manipulators.

3. MEDIA, ACTIVISTS & LOBBYISTS
The media are so closely tied to Politics and Economics that we have to handle Media on Politics right in the Politics building. Items may be culled as they hit the political dustbin. With the Energy Avenues, the more technical media outputs for Nuclear and Renewables are handled on M Street.

Activists
Fair Elections come once every 5 years in UK, every 2 years in the US, and never in much of the world. The political power is held by a President or Prime Minister and their cabinets ,and sometimes almost all concentrated in the one person who leads the state.
Only activists, think tanks, and now web based organisations can represent the detailed concerns of the general population between elections.
The independent activists represent the full spectrum of opinion and need in society and include very visible extremes as well as well focussed special interest groups.
Societies for preservation of the environment are direct responses to the behaviour of businesses and captive administrations. The Sierra Club, the National Trust, World Wildlife Fund, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, are examples of responses to major damage to the environment and our heritage.
Broader efforts to call governments to account have become a valuable part of global political infrastructure :Examples are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Wikileaks,


4. NUCLEAR POLITICS
Nuclear politics is overshadowed by the role of nuclear weapons in international relations. We believe the two areas of military and civilian nuclear power should be separated

Weapons

The one area on which all governments agree is that they should be responsible for weapons and wars. Nuclear weapons are a critical part of the UK. The UK actually buys its weapons from the US while moving very slowly towards nuclear energy.
Many independent analyses of the history of nuclear weapons show that proliferation is actually supported actively or tacitly by the major unclear powers. This is why we reserve the discussion of Proliferation to the Politics Avenue rather than the civilian Nuclear Avenue.

POLITICS OPENERS
Houses of Parliament
Governance needs vision.
GOVERNANCE
Parsons steel
Energy needs steel.
ENERGY INDUSTRY
Cf Cayman & Poole Bayge
Obama lobby
MEDIA, LOBBIES
MAD Weapons
8 warhead ICBM vs Shanghai.
NUCLEAR POLITICS
MAD Weapons
Politics Library
THE POLITICS LIBRARY