Author Archives: davidsprott

About davidsprott

Artist, writer, veteran IT professional

What Will Putin Do Next?

Is Putin mad or just bad? What are his aims? What will he do next? What can stop him? The answer lies in his history.
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Hurt Russia and Save the Planet? We All Need to Share the Pain!

. . . in the very short term, when we stop using Russian gas and oil, rationing is high probability.
Frankly so what? Compared to what the Ukrainians are living through, fuel rationing would be a small inconvenience. And the abrupt shock of rationing would be a great stimulus to consumers and business to cut dependency on fossil fuels. Continue reading

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We Need A Peacekeeping Force for Ukraine?

Here in Ireland we are acutely aware that borders can be drawn by powerful people with no thought at all about the consequences for ordinary people. Today we have the technology to mobilise. Much of the time it might be said that it’s mostly used for nefarious purposes. But here’s an opportunity to use the technology for good Continue reading

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Greenwashing, Fossil-fuel Solutionism and Technological Optimism are Replaying the Tobacco Industry Strategy.

We need to hold politicians in all developed countries to account for Greenwashing, Fossil-fuel Solutionism and Technological Optimism and act to regulate lobbying and call it for what it is, fossil fuel industry bribery.   Continue reading

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Running on Empty? A Report on a Long Distance BEV Trip

A long distance trip report in a Battery Electric Vehicle assessing the maturity of electric cars and the charging infrastructure. Continue reading

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COP On The Long and Winding Road

A short review of James Lovelock’s last book and an optimist’s view of how we will survive the climate crisis. Continue reading

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Methinks Ms Thunberg Protests Too Much!

There’s nothing wrong with protest. It serves a valuable purpose. But I suspect I’m not alone in thinking that Greta Thunberg leading tens of thousands of mostly young people in singing, “You can shove your climate crisis up your A**e” … Continue reading

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Prepare to Critically Assess the Hype Around COP26

I’m reading a very interesting book by William Catton called Overshoot. Amazingly this was first published in 1980, yet describes where our world is today, how we arrived at the current mess and what we need to do to extricate ourselves. Continue reading

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How to Fix Facebook and Reinvent Social Media Futures

Our problem is that Facebook is a huge monopoly. They can do what they like. Our opportunity is to encourage Facebook to come to recognize that their continued existence could be just as, if not even more lucrative, if it was socially responsible. Continue reading

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Community Based Food Production is the Future

The ideas of localisation, community initiatives and personal responsibility, particularly in food production, provide very real opportunities for everyone to make a valuable contribution now. Continue reading

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