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PowerSwitchJames



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: What will Britain produce? Reply with quote

I need some help here.

Britain's wealth, as far as I can make, is currently based on North Sea oil and a strong financial sector.

When the financial sector goes down, what will - or could - it produce to even pay for oil from other countries in the first place - or will our demand be reduced so much that we could get by on the dregs of north sea oil anyhow?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, historically Britain was a producer of linen and gained its wealth through trade before the industrial revelation. Perhaps a return to that? Personally I think that that will be unlikely. Maybe the UK will become experts at recycling waste?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It strikes me there are loads of oppertunities for the UK - none of which will be acted on!

I think it would be possible - if we did things right - to get by on the tail end of North Sea Oil for decades, and import nothing.

Tho I don't see us taking any "right" decisions any time soon - we're much more likely to agree to support an attack on Iran in return for a small slice of the oil (whilst pretending the reasons are other).

Gee, that's not very helpful is it...

We have lots of technical skills in the Uk and could become a world hub for certain Renewable Energy devices like wind turbines and wave/hydro stuff.

We're also good a sailing ship design, tho not sure about shipbuilding anymore...

If you imagine a switch to a post-peak Uk, there would be MANY things in great demand (and shortage) that we could produce and not import:
1) bycycles
2) parts for domestic solar-thermal water (22m homes!)
3) big batteries
4) domestic wind turbines (imagine needing to produce 22m of those Windsave devices!)
5) garden tools
6) the infrstructure to dismantle and reclaim parts from motor cars
7) rail infrastructure and stock

Big post-peak changes would highlight huge shortfalls in soon-to-be-essential basic goods/parts - the UK could actually revert to manufacturing things that people actually NEED rather than letting far-east sweat-shops produce trivia that we import because we WANT them.

Expensive oil = expensive shipping costs = the Uk might be able to manufacture goods at competative prices again.

A lot of this assumes certain fundamentals of uk business stay in place of course...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about other industries taking off that are not so common now and replacing the current industries? For example, airships replacing planes. Are there any more?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trains replacing trucks.

Sail replacing diesel or steam for ocean-borne trade.

Bicycles or mopeds replacing cars and motorcycles.

Children replacing adults (in the mines) Wink

Horses replacing tractors

Householders replacing electric lightglobes with lanterns

Participation replacing spectating in sport (soccer riots don't count!)

paper shopping bags replacing plastic

Linux replacing Windows Razz
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