Reduce Oil Consumption by Reducing Trade

Existing climate policy is not working very well. The record for last year was another increase in world wide emissions. According to IEA, the 2017 CO2 emissions were 32.5 gigatonnes, a new all-time high. This was an increase of 1.4%, after three years of unchanged flat records. Obviously, that’s exactly the wrong direction. CO2 emission … [Read more…]

Renewable Hydrogen from Australia

It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote about renewable hydrogen plans in Australia. Now there are new big plans for a project in Crystal Brook, a small village north of Adelaide. As Giles Parkinson explains in this article at Reneweconomy, people want to invest $600 million in a project of 150 MW wind, … [Read more…]

The Moral Case Against “Bitcoin Cash”

Most people opposed to the “Bitcoin Cash” project are critical of their hijacking the brand name. There is no trademark protection available for the term “Bitcoin”. That means that anyone is free to call their unrelated project “Bitcoin” and there is nothing anyone can do about it with trademark law. “Bitcoin Cash” is profiting from … [Read more…]

German Renewable Energy Revival

The elections in Germany on 24 September last year still haven’t resulted in a government coalition. Now a new document was published on January 12th that summarizes the results of talks between the CDU/CSU and the SPD parties. Possibly this will lead to continuing the “big coalition” that was in place until the last election. If … [Read more…]

How the MtGox Bankruptcy Should Be Resolved

MtGox mainly has 202,185 bitcoins as assets. That’s around $2.23 billion at the time of this writing. Most of the creditors’ claims are for 795,000 bitcoins that users had in their MtGox accounts. There are also some claims in fiat, but they are a very small percentage, so I will just ignore them for this … [Read more…]

“Bitcoin Cash” Trademark

Roger Ver (who used to support Bitcoin and now hates and actively fights it) just angrily ended an interview, flipping the bird to the interviewer. One of the reasons he was angry was the fact that the interviewer didn’t follow his orders to call his new “Bcash” altcoin “Bitcoin cash”. The question of what to … [Read more…]