Lancashire Fracking ?

To: david.powell01@environment-agency.gov.uk
Subject: RE: Fracking comments
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:40:03 +0000

Thanks for getting back to me so promptly the following should be able to point you in the right direction.

Basically it would appear that the Great Plumpton fracking application is an excuse to build an executive development on the land adjacent to the A585 former main Preston-Blackpool route. I know the location because as a kid I visited the former Cafe site across the road from the said fracking site whilst riding shotgun in one of our local wagons delivering tarmac for the big car park. The Cafe site is now an executive housing development and Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate Highways officers have even put a pedestrian island in the middle of the former three lane road perhaps in anticipation of developing the other side.

From the footage shown on BBC North West Tonight its obvious that there is a pond directly adjacent to the proposed fracking rig site, one of the once many such ponds in the Fylde area now perhaps rare as most were filled in the 1980s for easier combine harvester collection of grain crops. Back in 1982 I was involved in filling in one such pond in a field at Singleton hauling clay from a building site in Blackpool whilst driving an eight wheel Scammell on site tipper work.

My primary concern is for the pond life which even if moved out leaves nowhere for frogs to spawn in spring, one of the things we did as kids back in the late 1960s was to collect frog spawn for the primary school nature table as juniors, one of the best places for frog spawn was the dyke on the old original A59 behind the big LCC Salt Heap across from now BAE Samlesbury, no sheeting of it in those days.

Its obvious that the aforementioned Great Plumpton pond will be irrevocably contaminated if fracking operations go ahead, thus allowing the Farmer to sell the then Brownfield site for development, and perhaps he is under pressure from his Bank, which may be clouding his better judgement as a man of the land.

My Dad !

Obituary James Henry Pye 1922-2013
Jim ( James Henry Pye ) was the first born son of Bill ( William Henry Pye ) and his new wife Nellie ( nee Chew ) was born at Nab Side Farm Billington on 13th of November 1922, later joined by his brother Clifford and sister Nellie who died at a young age of whooping cough ( because the doctor couldn’t be bothered to walk up the field in the snow because he knew they couldn’t afford to pay the bill ).  His childhood must have been hard as farming was on hard times in the 1930s when Jim attended Whalley school, they said he could pass the exams but he couldn’t afford to go to grammar school.  As a teenager he found work on the local farms up to the war, by which time he was playing the piano by ear in the Dog Inn and off to the pictures with his mates.
He tried to dodge the draft by claiming to be an essential farm worker as long as he could but was called up in early 1942, basic training a Barrow print works then into the Royal Artillery and gunnery training at Beccles in East Anglia.  Then they shipped his regiment out to Egypt around the Cape of Good Hope as reinforcements in the fight against Rommel but was not needed and therefore his regiment went up into Iraq then across to Syria for training for artillery on mules for the Italian campaign. In Syria he got sick enough to go into hospital ( they thought he was going to die) and so he was not actually sent to Italy.   Instead they posted him to Libya looking after telegraph wires with Royal Signals until the war was over.  He got early release as a farm worker in 1946 and came back to originally work on the home farm but he got a job with Bill Pennington living in at Lawson House Farm Sawley, where he stayed working until Bill Pennington moved down to Poole in 1963.  Jim was a re-founding member of Sawley Reading Room Snooker Club located in the former chapel Long Building opposite the school and after the first year as secretary, a post he held for 50 odd years, and during which time he oversaw the successful move into the new building behind the school when the Long Building was developed into executive housing.
In the meantime Jim met his wife Barbara Hudson and moved into the Toll Bar Chatburn shop in 1958 when they got married, they struggled a bit having a baby but ( Gordon ) popped out in 1961.  Jim used to take the ice cream van to Downham at the weekend whatever the weather, one Saturday he only sold 3 cornets to the regular people he waited all day for because he knew they were likely to turn up and he didn’t want to disappoint them.  1963 saw a move to work for Frank Capstick at Crow Trees Farm Chatburn, which lasted until they sold the milk round, when he moved to Frankland’s working as a builders labourer which he had to leave when he had a slight heart attack.  He got better and then got a job labouring in Chatburn Mill where he stayed until early retirement in 1986 just after the move further up Downham Road.  Of course in between this he also worked in the shop and from the 1970s it was often after 9pm at night when he got back from cash and carry.
When granny Hudson was still fit we used to go on family holidays during the wakes weeks when the shop was quiet, a favourite destination was Bournemouth and time with his old boss Bill Pennington.  Running the shop was a full time job but Gordon didn’t miss out as by then he was riding about in wagons during the school holidays, and in any case Jim and Barbara decided to make up for it when they retired.  Unfortunately by 1990 Barbara went completely blind, so Jim used to describe everything they saw on their travels they had been all over the world by the end of 1994 when Barbara died.  Jim continued the holidays after her death and he was always on the lookout for a bargain. like going to Croatia when the Yugoslav war was on,  He wasn’t paying single room supplement either, would share with anyone or go with his best friend Colin Wiseman, he kept on going on holiday regularly until they wouldn’t insure him anymore, at least at reasonable cost.
Jim’s one eye ( blind in one eye from birth ) was good, and he was still competently driving up to the end of October 2012, out 2 nights a week playing snooker at Sawley, then dominoes Pendle Club Friday night and alternately Gisburn Rimmington Tosside and Slaidburn on Saturdays Pendle Club extra in a 5 week month, West Bradford and Bolton-by-Bowland two Wednesdays a month and even being diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2009 it didn’t stop him despite 6 monthly visits to hospital for a few days for minor surgical treatment.  A brisk walk down to the post office and back up the hill everyday except Sunday to buy a copy of the Daily Mail and the ( plus Clitheroe Advertiser on Thursdays)  kept him fit, he used to spend hours reading the papers.  He was a keen fan of Countdown ( especially the maths bit ) and also kept up with Emmerdale and Coronation Street, but snooker on TV was was his favourite. It sort of kept him going over Christmas 2012 when he was getting really bad on his legs. even though he still managed to attend the church every Sunday’s ( and to visit Barbara’s grave ) right up until a month before his death when he was admitted  to Blackburn Royal  Hospital.where he died after 3 weeks delirium.
It could be said that Jim was lucky in his life especially going through WW2 without firing a shot in anger, it took him time to find a wife but he got a good one and he gave his son a good upbringing. On balance a successful man despite technically being a lowly labourer all his working life, although you would be hard pressed to find a better corner shopkeeper, businessman and finance manager than him !

Washington-Boston Line USA Train Crash ?

I recall once seeing a YouTube Cab Ride video of the express passenger line north from Washington but unlike Warren Buffet’s 60 Mph max wild west Great ( Oil Train ) Smashem & Cheetam Railway it has more in common with the French TGV.   As usual the safety authorities are already attempting to portray that the cause was driver error and how he was ” Speeding ” around a curve !

However, I can’t help speculating that the said ” accident ” was the result of deliberate sabotage as sponsored by Wall Street in an attempt to get Americans back flying again after the collateral damage done by my Alps Crash article and subsequent comments being tweeted Worldwide and especially in the USA ?

I own a copy of the Britiish Railway safety history Bible Red For Danger plus an angle on other angles on railway derailments from my fairly extensive collection of railway engineering history books.   Examining the possibilities the said US accident could be due to the following.

1. A signalling computer malfunction as in former GWR main line into London Paddington ” accidents ” at first Southall and then not that long after Ladbroke Grove.

The Southall crash occured after an empty westbound aggregate train was put out across the main line when a late running High Speed Train was speeding towards Paddington in an attempt to make up lost time to meet the then punctuality targets and avoid fines.  The excuse for letting out the freight train was also punctuality targets but it would appear that the HST driver was met by a red signal at the last minute giving him just enough time to abandon the cab and seek some protection in the engine compartment.   The blame was pinned on the fact that the Automatic Warning System in east facing power was inoperative despite the fact that AWS was originally developed for use in Fog yet it was clear that day.   In any case the 4 aspect  ( on all UK high speed lines ) signalling system gives you ample warming of a red signal ahead, first double amber ( Slow Down ) then single amber ( Next signal may be RED ).   Furthermore the driver of the HST was approaching retirement with long experience of the line and the HST yet the media almost immediately pinned the blame on him despite the fact it was obviously due to a computer malfunction if you examined the evidence in depth.  The key factor being that the computer would automatically puts all signals in the area to red in the event of a malfunction after a conflicting movement was detected by the track circuiting !

Almost immediately the media and Unions started a campaign to Automatic Train Protection fitted on all UK trains at great expense to passengers and the HST driver suffered a nervous breakdown after Plod charged him with manslaughter so the truth never got a chance to come out in court as he was deemed unfit to stand trial !

Not that long after Ladbroke Grove occurred again with an eastbound HST approaching Paddington but this time a westbound a local train crossing the main line in conflict.  There were reports of drivers complaining about signalling anomalies conflicting with the AWS earlier that day but no action was taken.  From the news footage it was clear that the road was partially set for the westbound local train to cross the main lines yet the blame was pinned on its inexperienced dead driver.  Much was made about the positioning of the crucial signal and how the morning sun would stop you seeing it even though I have never had any problems reading temporary traffic lights on the road with the strong sun directly behind. Once again the media cracked up with demands for network wide ATP despite the fact that EU mainland trains so fitted were involved in several serious accidents around and after that time.  The old BR guys came up with Train Protection & Warning system as a cheap and just as effective alternative and since that was adopted the accidents are almost eliminated.  TPWS can also be used on Steam hauled excursions using a battery pack but are suspended at the moment due to a signal passed at danger, and perhaps the cause was a TPWS malfunction caused by a green tech battery short like the Alps air crash ?

2. Getting back to my original sabotage theory and it would appear that there are parallels between Philadelphia and UK Potters Bar where a faulty set of points ( switches ) derailed the back half on a fast through train not stopping at the said station.  The cause was found to be lose nuts on the stretcher bar between the facing point blades, despite the fact that all facing points on UK passenger lines incorporate locks to prevent them being moved by mistake under a train.  When enthusiast specials use freight lines if they have to use facing points they are always ” clipped ans scotched ” and padlocked before the train is allowed to traverse them.   Point locks were introduced in Victorian times after an LNWR derailment at Wigan as amply described in the chapter on H. A. Ivatt in Master Builders of Steam.

As usual I digress but the BBC were showing footage of a sharp curve to the right of the main New York line so the train must have passed over a facing junction and RT footage shows wreckage going straight on so the cause of the crash must have been a faulty switch.  The concrete sleeper main line looks well maintained, but perhaps it would be dead easy to recreate a Potters Bar scenario if you could lubricate one of the track maintenance guys with the promise of riches for the rest of his life even if he was sacked.  I expect that the US rail unions are in on the deal as well as their bosses fat cat pensions must rely on ever increasing asset prices on Wall Street plus they are probably smarting about the US government cutting $250 million from the Amtrak subsidy.  Perhaps the same principle also applied to the RMT at Potters Bar which precipitated track maintenance being taken back in house by Network Rail thus allowing the National Strike they are currently using in pay talks ?

Texas Shooting Incident ?

I can’t help speculating that the over UK night Shooting Incident in Dallas Texas is a Wall Street Sponsored False Flag to give the May Day Bank Holiday BBC & Sky rolling TV news the excuse they needed to exclude UK election coverage to an absolute minimum. In particular to stop Nigel Farage and other key UKIP politicians like their manifesto architect Suzanne Evans actually informing the UK public on the actual far wider than just Immigration UKIP programme for government over the next 5 years.

Unlike the Lib/Lab/Con UKIP’s manifesto is fully costed, independently audited ( and apart from withdrawing from the EU ) savings on expenditure include 18bn a year saved by repealing Ed Miliband’s 2008 Climate Change Act.  That will also mean cheaper energy bills for households and therefore more money for families to spend in the wider economy to generate additional tax revenue from increased business profits.  As far as Corporate Multinational Cartel Tax Avoidance is concerned UKIP propose a simple catch all UK Turnover Tax far better than the Tories complicated jiggery pokery announced in the recent Budget.  In his Russel Brand interview Ed Miliband was attempting to portray that action on Corporate Tax Avoidance was impossible without International agreement which is simply Not True !

I expect that the Left of the UK political spectrum is running shy of the UKIP proposal to reduce Foreign Aid by Two Thirds but that still leaves 4bn to spend on the most productive ways for allieviating Third World Poverty.  I expect that most of the cut will eliminate waste on Climate Change related projects ( other than flood defences ) plus other Welfare State for the Stock Market Parasites projects where corrupt politicians and officials siphon off most of the money straight into their Fat Cat Swiss Bank Accounts.  Furthermore, increasing the Defence budget will allow the British armed services the funds for wider engagement in famine relief projects with support like supervising building good roads and training the locals to maintain any vehicles supplied !

As usual I digress but perhaps another subtle indicator that the Texas Incident is as False Flag is the probablity that it keeps any detail of the Tel Aviv Israel riots out of the US & UK news.  Those rioting over their oppression due to ever increasing Corporate-Nazi Financial Apartheid include Black Ethiopian immigrant Jews plus full Israeli citizen non Palestinian Arabs and some low income Israeli Jews possibly of European origin ?

Of course nobody would ever suspect anything as High Profile anti Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders was attending the alleged target US Far Right conference, but perhaps that might kick off Hope Not Hate etc to allege that electing Nigel Farage and a large number of UKIP MP’s might precipitate terror attacks in the UK.  Again nobody would suspect as it reinforces Nigel Farage’s comments in the EU parliament about if ISIS claim they are going to flood the EU with terrorists and mean it.  Therefore a common EU immigration policy and accepting every last port of call Libya originating migrant we pluck out of the Med without question is a really bad idea.  That is not to say that UKIP is against fulfilling UN quotas on genuine Asylum Seekers, in fact Nigel Farage Said that the UK should take more than its quota of Christians fleeing oppression ?

To conclude and thinking right outside the box as usual it may be the case that if the alleged dead Dallas terrorists were shot by Police Marksmen they may just have been playing dead bleeding profusely from a non fatal injury. Modern medicine is wonderful and perhaps they will both make a full recovery and be given a new identity plus lots of Wall Street Ponzi Scheme income to go and spend the rest of their life on a tropical island surrounded by lots of beautiful young women to pander to their every need.  Meanwhile perhaps some totally innocent people will be set up for life in US Corporate Prison or even face totally inhumane US practice execution ?

4U9525 Alps Crash & MH370 Fly on Green Tech Batteries Anyone ?

Green Tech Batteries Anyone ?

The latest preliminary analysis of the Flight Data Recorder suggests Alps Crash 4U9525 lost power due to a  dead short on battery which cut the power supply to the fuel pumps and the ignition on engines, so therefore lost speed to semi stall. Then as the wing and tail controls were set and locked for level flight she went into shallow dive at first, but then as she lost altitude air resistance slowed her and tipped her into an even steeper dive. This probably explains French Crash Investigator claims that Lubitz deliberately accelerated several times before final final impact each time acceleration due to steeper dive leading to her becoming a virtual V1 just before the actual crash itself ?

I could never understand why MH370 was never found since I flew from Singapore to Cairns in daylight when the sea to the north of Indonesia was flat calm and I could see the shallow sea floor quite clearly from my window seat.  The theory that MH370 went down off Perth in the Roaring Forties was almost certainly just a scam to attempt to sell satellite tracking for all commercial aircraft, plus prevent the real wreck being found and an excuse to end the search on the flight path.  Perhaps only an imbecile like Tony Abbot could fall for it and whilst he was correct to end the Aussie Carbon Tax he’s still foolish enough to continue to waste money emulating King Canute attempting to prevent climate change.

The simple fact is if the truth came out about the ultimate reliability of the latest Green Tech batteries came out everyone would stop flying in newer planes even if the authorities dare not ground them.  People who watch Top Gear may have twigged after they had to abandon a test of the latest Tesla super-fast electric sports car when it died before it even turned a wheel.  If the truth does come out it will implode global stock markets after busting the airlines, the battery manufacturers and the mining companies involved it the extraction of the minerals concerned.  No doubt that will take their banks down with them and the only alternative will be for national governments to Nationalise all insolvent banks under their jurisdiction !

What have the Tories ever done for Scotland ?

The SNP and to some extent Scottish Labour are always bleating how it was Margaret Thatcher who deliberately destroyed their manufacturing industry as mostly located in the Fourth-Clyde belt.  However, if you delve into unwritten history deeper its clear that the real culprit  was the then EEC 8 Hour driving day as adopted by Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan probably to appease the T&G Transport & General Workers Union. The T&G didn’t care about the cut in driving hours as most respectable companies complied with their paid 50 hours minimum working week whether HGV drivers worked it or not.

What Killed Scottish Manufacturing Industry and the Traditional BR Goods Train ?

As a teenager during the mid 1970s I got friendly with the drivers and owner of a small local haulage contractor.  During the school holidays I would ride ” shotgun ” all over the north of the UK as far as central Scotland.  I got a job there as an apprentice HGV fitter, then after passing the motor vehicle technicians exams at tech went HGV driving myself.

Back in the 1970s the company I worked for did all the main transport for Serfco at Darwen.  Their main job was recycling cast iron borings from the heavy engineering industry, customers included British Leyland Coventry engine plant, Vickers at Barrow and a few places up in central Scotland.   That’s how I got right into the heart of Ravenscraig steel works, the cast iron borings were heated and pressed into ” piglets ” about the size of an egg.

The old UK driving hours regulations allowed 10 hours driving per day, spread over 12 and a half hours total time.  It was therefore practical to get to the Forth-Clyde belt and back in the day from Manchester.   Most of the Lancashire-Scotch traffic came home empty unless you had a quick easy back load handy, or would pick something up down country in the case of tippers.

Even though there were no tachographs at the time, the introduction of the EU 8 hour driving hours destroyed UK road transport efficiency. The new EU log books were easy to fiddle as you need not state your destination, however, in 1981 the tachographs were introduced.  Industry in central Scotland was decimated when the tachographs eventually came in, mostly due to Dumfries & Galloway police paranoidly enforcing the 40 Mph HGV speed limit on the A74.   Srathclyde had a spell at it also but could see the damage to the economy, it didn’t help rail freight either. Manchester-Glasgow road freight became impractical on a daily basis, costs increased not least because you had to pay the driver expenses for a night out.

Now there were lots of empty wagons in central Scotland who couldn’t get home for a load the next day so spent the rest of your day loading one to take back.  Products like spuds and whiskey, basically anything not in a particular rush and you could use traditional railway stock.   The yard of the haulage garage where I worked backed onto the Blackburn-Hellifield line so you couldn’t miss what was going on.  The trains just got shorter and shorter, Scotch wagons were also taking stuff back in the other direction.  The final nail in the coffin was the APT and the need to take the catch points out of the WCML  so all partially brake fitted trains were withdrawn.

The result was even more wagon’s on the road and everyone had to buy new more powerful equipment, then they did it again in 1985, new 38 tonne weight limit when they should have gone straight to 44 tonne and allow a ” full ” 40 foot ISO container to be handled by road at either end of a rail journey.

Cheap transport is vital to the sustainability of the economy of any nation, yet politicians would appear to have been blind to this basic economic fact.  Ken Clarke’s Road Fuel Tax Escalator decimated manufacturing industry everywhere except perhaps the south east.  At least fuel duty was not increased in the recent ” emergency budget ” but further rises in the Labour pipeline were not withdrawn.  Will the politicians ever learn ?

Collateral damage included the closure of the former GWR railway works at Swindon which maintained the BR slow freight train locomotive fleet !

At least John Major got the EU driving day up to 9 hours ( 4.5 continuous as opposed to 4 ) and 10 twice a week plus built the M74 all the way down to the M6 at Carlisle althoug that was somewhat offset by a safety-fascist campaign to fit speed-limiters to all HGVs. Said campaign was fronted by the then really popular late night TV James Whale Radio Show with film footage shot inside a Vauxhall car observing the speedo at indicated 50 through 50 limit motorway road works.

Of course their Leg-Iron car ( as with standard small speedo reading 10% fast ) then got passed by a HGV doing true 50 fitted with an accurate Tachograph ( annually tested to be within +/- 1% ).  Whale then went on to portray that all HGV drivers were dangerous lunatics as did Bob Greaves of Granada Reports this time in a transit with a big speedo and likely to be more accurate like those originally fitted to the Mini but still not a tachograph.  John Major was then forced to introduce 60 MPH speed limiters on all new trucks then the EU under Labour Niel Kinnock piled in and limited everything to 56MPH which still stands and explains the frequent congestion on our UK motorways today.

At least it will now be practical to use the A roads as upgraded again by the Tories more efficiently as David Cameron’s Transport Minister Claire Perry has got the A road speed limit for HGVs up to 50 Mph now.  In fact HGVs will be able to go flat out on the EU limiter using the 10% plus 2 Mph plod rule particularly at night where before if you caught up an HGV in your car he had to slow to 40 in case you were Plod as you can’t tell in the mirrors.  David Cameron also has the right idea on the EU viz stay in but repatriate powers over home legislation whereas Labour and the SNP would appear to be quite happy to continue with the current virtual EU Corporate-Nazi IV Reich as a drag on our economy !

Road Fuel Efficiency ! ( My brossen99 from 2009 )

” Slow down! A recent study commissioned by What Car? Magazine showed that the average car consumes 38 per cent more fuel at 70 Mph than it does over the same distance at 50mph. At 60mph it uses 34 per cent more than at 40mph. The average driver travelling at 90mph on a motorway will spend £1.20 more on fuel every eight minutes than a driver travelling at 70mph. The 90mph driver will have travelled farther in that time but will still be spending 40 per cent more per mile than the 70mph driver.”
As an extremely well qualified automotive engineer I can assure you that the above paragraph is complete motor industry propaganda aimed at costing the motorist more in the long run.
Some of you may have seen various articles on alleged ” eco driving ” and not being a trained automotive engineer like myself probably taken it all in like a toilet.   Perhaps the greatest sin is the advice given is to change up at 2500 Rpm ( 2000 in a diesel ) which is completely misleading.   An internal combustion engine is at its most efficient at the Rpm where maximum torque occurs.  This can be gleaned from the owners handbook and the economy trick is to select a gear which comes close to the said Rpm at your desired target speed.   An engine will ” sup juice like a fish ” at any RPM significantly below maximum torque whilst at moderate ( 1000 ) Rpm above maximum torque Rpm fuel consumption does not increase significantly.   
The theory that creeping around at 40 saves fuel is complete nonsense in my long practical experience, its all about work done times efficiency ( only 30% ) times time taken.   70% of the fuel is used just keeping the engine at operating temperature and lost through the exhaust.
Miles per Gallon is not a true measure of fuel consumption. The true measure is grams per kilowatt hour, as used by transport engine manufacturers. The total amount of time under power is the factor which determines Mpg. Almost all internal combustion engines are most efficient at or near full load. This is because the heat lost through cooling and the exhaust is almost constant under any load condition.
The fuel consumption of a vehicle is a bit like trying to fetch water in a bucket with a significant hole in it.  The longer it takes you to get from A to B the more fuel you will use, or in the case of the water in the bucket the faster you get there you will have more left at the destination.   Sir Frank Whittle knew this when he perceived the jet engine.    In practice it works out that the most efficient average speed for a modern motor vehicle is close to 60 Mph, after that air resistance starts to come into play.  
However, dependent on vehicle design air resistance can fall as the vehicle goes faster and builds up its own near perfect streamlining so true 70 on the motorway is not an efficiency problem in such a case.   ( most car speedo’s read 10% fast ).   If you need to calibrate your speedo follow a lorry on the motorway at a accurately limited fuel inefficient 56 Mph.  Fuel consumption for 38 tonne tankers running from Lancashire to Glasgow and back on nights increased from 9 Mpg to 7 Mpg on the introduction of speed limiters during the 1990s.   Of course other factors than air resistance come into play like the now inability to store momentum running at hills, but apart from the Lune gorge at Lancaster little opportunity for this exists on the road north loaded.
A 1980s OU programme I watched several times outlined that all you need to do for aerodynamic stability is to round the corners off on a square van.  My practical experience tends to bear this out, my Seddon Atki 400 with 265L RR Eagle and 13 foot 7 inch tautliner was a good education.   It seemed to take you ages to accelerate upwards from 50, then at about 57 it was just like falling through an invisible wall and you were soon doing close to 70.  Just like the OU programme said, a vehicle will build up its own streamlining as speed increases.
My  2006 1000cc Kia is no better in fuel consumption or performance than my ” tweaked ” 1989 1000cc Metro, admittedly running on leaded petrol.  Perhaps the greatest unnecessary modern polluter is air conditioning, out in Aussie in 1987-88 it was said that you needed a 1600 Toyota Corolla with air conditioning to get the same performance as a 1300 without it.
Don’t have AC on my Kia, no point in this country and all that complete bullshit they put out about driving with the window down causing a significant increase in fuel consumption doesn’t stand scrutiny.  The whole vehicle aerodynamics quasi-religion is complete claptrap, in the late 1970s we were told to ignore it as negligible in any motion calculation.
Furthermore, if you chug around at 40 Mph in top gear carbon deposits are likely to build up in your engine leading to reduced fuel efficiency over time.  Similarly, if you have a turbo its life is likely to be significantly reduced driving at low Rpm over a period, start black smoking and fail the MoT.   Driving on full throttle in too high a gear risks blowing the head gasket not to mention unnecessary stress on the crankshaft bearings and connecting rods.
As an integral part of ” the motor industry ” it is highly probable that What Car ( reliant on corporate advertising ) will attempt to increase business for other motor industry cartel members.
Sorry Its being silly and wont let me space the paragraphs !

Thinking About taking out a Loan to buy Solar Panels ?

Twitter is being blitzed with adverts for Solar Panels promising 14% returns on the back of government incentives, but is it just a trap to steal your home as the banks can force you to put your house on the market for missed payments on debts of only 1.5k now !

Green Deal or Green Steal ? ( First published 2012 )

Everyone must be familiar with the Green Deal as proposed by the government in the alleged quest for energy efficiency, most addresses must have been cold called first from India and then with a recorded message even if like me you are theoretically on the Telephone Preference Service. It is alleged that insulating your loft and cavity walls plus double glazing can save you a fortune on your energy, however, consumer group Which has grave reservations about the assessments for the Energy Performance Certificate.   It would appear that said assessments only take into account an average of an average and therefore it may be the case that after taking out the government backed LOAN they want you to, you may not actually save any money as a result of the works undertaken.   There is also some question about the early payment clause, if in future you actually have the money available to pay off the loan early you will be hit by huge Bank charges.

Most people who’s house has been upgraded since the mid 1980s will probably already have some loft insulation ( the biggest energy loss ) and most people have double glazing by now, cavity wall insulation can cause major damp problems. It would appear that the Green Deal has all the hallmarks of a stock market parasite investment scam to entice currently solvent people into taking out a loan against their house in the hope that their unfortunate victim will never be able to afford to pay it off.  I suppose this particularly applies to pensioners who currently own their own home outright, who are income poor yet their only aim in life is to pass their property onto their children. Its all too easy to be enticed by the prospect of lower energy bills as already 15% inflated by Green Taxes and rising, yet your energy payment will simply be replaced by the repayment of the loan so that in actual fact many people could save precisely nothing, or in some cases pay out more every month.

The whole Green Deal is wide open to miss-selling and anyone even thinking about it should be wary of the snake oil salesmen likely to move in for a quick buck, I suggest that people should be very very wary of anyone claiming that they can save money by taking out a loan and going into debt, especially pensioners who may not be as sharp minded as they once were.  If you are short on ready cash it is said that a good set of thick curtains are almost as good as double glazing at reducing heat loss through your windows !

Greg Barker the Tory minister responsible was later sacked !