Author: Mark Haller

Is Nuclear Power a Secure Option?

Mark Haller
Bradwell Nuclear Power Station - Source: R Wendland on Wikimedia Commons - CC BY SA 4.0

Nuclear power is regarded as an inexpensive solution to providing base level electricity supply. The claim that a small number of large modern nuclear power stations would be CO2 free and provide huge amounts of energy at a reasonable price is broadly true. However, are the full decommissioning costs factored into the ‘reasonable price’? The […]

The Limitations of Hydrogen as an Energy Source

Mark Haller
Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle - (CC BY-ND 2.0)

After my earlier articles on Electric Vehicles (EVs), reviewing the battery revolution and whether the EV market is now mature, it is worth assessing the feasibility of using hydrogen to power Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs). Recently the government appeared to give heavy backing to hydrogen as a vehicle power source, possibly due to heavy backing […]

Have Electric Vehicles reached a Turning Point?

Mark Haller

It was reported earlier this year that pure electric vehicle sales had overtaken diesel vehicle sales. Is this specifically a move from diesel to electric or is it just a general move to electric vehicles (EVs)? Given the impact of fuel shortages and Covid hitting overall car sales, this is difficult to assess. Rather than […]

Electric Vehicles – 1. The Battery Revolution

Mark Haller
EV charging, photo from Pixabay

Electric Vehicle battery prices have fallen dramatically and will continue to fall as engineers and scientists focus on design improvements and innovation. But issues are raised around mining, re-use and recycling.

The Inconvenient Truth about Homelessness

Mark Haller

Homelessness is often used to gaslight foreigners and people fleeing war as less important than ‘our own’. I have even heard people in my own group of friends say we should look after our own homeless before migrants. Let us explore key areas that uncomfortably identify drivers for both cost and scarcity of housing. EU […]

Educational Cost in the UK outpaces Europe

Mark Haller

After the Second World War there were many social advances in the UK that helped forge the basis of the UK economy. The UK was broke and the benefits (to the UK) of the empire had all but died out. Industry was sick and we had labour issues, partly caused by government, partly caused by […]

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Word Salad and War on the Poor

Mark Haller

The recent Conservative conference was a real feast of word salad, ‘a confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases’, culminating in an appalling speech from the PM that ignored a series of crises of historical proportions.  This word salad disguises a deliberate war on the poor. Let us walk through some implications […]

Energy Security is National Security

Mark Haller

Following on from recent failures to protect the UK from energy volatility, it is prudent to search out some facts on Energy Security, which is a complex and wide issue. Is the Government lazy or has it just focused on the wrong priorities? Energy Security and Russia We are currently bouncing around a bunch of issues that […]

Pigs to the Slaughter

Mark Haller

100,000 pigs could possibly be slaughtered due to a shortage of Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers, which in turn is due to Brexit mis-management