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Or does it matter anyway?. From the (probably biased) DVD I have just watched the world (or mainly the richest nations within it) are on the one hand using up all natural resources including fossil fuels at an unsustainable rate while at the same time contributing to climate change which, if it is not stopped, sounds like it will lead to a world that cannot support more than a fraction of the current population within the lifetime of people around today.

 

Now I am old enough to grab the last litre bottle of vodka that I can find and just drift off into oblivion without too many worries.....except perhaps reincarnation right back into the middle of the problem.....but I am thinking of kids today who may have to start bearing the consequences of our killing off their planet.

 

Maybe there are those out there in Shetlink land who will remember that I recently came out against the Viking Energy windfarm project and are wondering how I can square that with the above. Well I am not against renewable energy and from a visual perspective I really have no objection to seeing wind turbines out of every window but I had and still do have concerns about the effect of destruction of the peat banks on climate change as well as the carbon cost of building the windfarm.

 

Anyway going back to fuel prices and in particular to Malcolm and his £1.554 a litre fuel in Ollaberry. There are alternatives to him driving around using fuel at that price. Most obvious one is not to drive but to get to and from work etc on a bus fuelled by electricity generated and stored by some relatively low tech system such as stored power from wind and tidal systems running overnight. Might even happen one day.

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all the problems we face are not down to the turbines. non are in fact. this is the problem with single issue groups.

lets break the manoply. we have the funds to buy a number of tankers and ship them up on a regular basis. we only need to make a small profit. but even if they were to charge more then the profits would return to the community. not to ireland.

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Still waiting for an answer re the fuel they use at Sullom Voe, by the way.

 

The fuel used by vehicles at SVT by the oil companies there is of such miniscule proportions, both of volume and cost, that it wouldn't be worth their while to create the infrastructure to provide it.

 

A local refinery would be a great contribution, but it's 30 years too late for it, and the cost now of building it, for all the return (if any), would be extremely prohibitive IMO.

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Went for fuel this morning.

Sutherlands were advertising - 148.9p

Leasks - 150.9p

Grantfield - 151.9p

 

You don't need to ask where I went for fuel and they put it in the tank for you!

 

A small refinery is probably the only way to reduce the cost of fuel. You can take out the (15-20p!!!!!) transport cost by producing locally. Hopefully someone in authority can look into whether or not this is a feasible option and hit the pockets of the greedy suppliers. You would be amazed how quick thier price would come down if they had some competition.

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i noticed that when the prices south was cut by 1p ltr the price here never changed now its going up again . captive market sounds right for up here because we can go somewere else. prob the reson for the rise is they suplyer is not getting approx 20pltr at the mo so they are getting gready.

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There is no competition in fuel prices in Lerwick especially.

So as i'm concerned , they're all in together.

There is a monopoly because as they know, and as we know we can't drive off the island to get cheaper fuel :evil:

And the public bus service isn't fit for purpose either, especially when you live out of town.

 

Screwed left, right and centre.

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Do all remember that one alternative to a monopoly fuel supplier is no fuel supplier. The owner of Scottish Fuels could always just pull out of Shetland or indeed just shut the whole business down.

 

Meanwhile the bus service may have its faults but people from most of the Shetland Mainland can get to Lerwick for a day's work. Many places on the UK mainland have worse services.

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Do all remember that one alternative to a monopoly fuel supplier is no fuel supplier. The owner of Scottish Fuels could always just pull out of Shetland or indeed just shut the whole business down.

 

Meanwhile the bus service may have its faults but people from most of the Shetland Mainland can get to Lerwick for a day's work. Many places on the UK mainland have worse services.

only if your working 9-4.30. If you have shift work and weekend work then you can't use the buses. Its also difficult if there is only one bus each way a day.

Whats wrong with a community owened company.

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