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Unintended consequences and “no one” saw it coming!

March 1, 2011

I admit I’m guilty of this – I work out 5-6 days a week so I can have the occasional glass of wine & sneak a dark chocolate milky way miniature out of the work snack drawer.

But I did giggle a lot in reading our friend at Pirates’ Cove.

Emissions from the transport segment rose by 100,000 tons last year in Sweden. Trafikverket, the Swedish Tranport Agency (STA), reported that while purchases of efficient and greener cars decreased carbon dioxide emissions on a per car basis (from 164 to 151 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilometer driven), people’s increased driving caused emissions to rise.

 I know Fister commented on the low water use toilets, but the Professor (Legal Insurrection) has a hilarious take. Apparently “unintended consequence” is really referred to as “no one saw THIS coming!”

Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing.

….The National Grid fears that on breezy summer nights, wind farms could actually cause a surge in the electricity supply which is not met by demand from businesses and households.

The electricity cannot be stored, so one solution – known as the ‘balancing mechanism’ – is to switch off or reduce the power supplied.

UPDATED: Well shoot. I bet the feminists didn’t see this one coming. From The Register

The European Court of Justice has ruled that insurers should not treat gender as a risk factor when assessing premiums, clearing the way for higher costs for women. And probably men….

This is expected to mean women will now have to pay more car insurance. However, other forms of insurance will also be affected, with annuities, for example, likely to pay out less to men, who have traditionally gotten better rates on account of their tendency to die earlier

Yep. Nothing like central planning teknocratic experts helping figure out everything in advance based upon the output of sophisticated simulator models.

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  1. March 2, 2011 8:33 am

    Good grief regarding those wind farms.

    Paying to turn them off.

    yeah.

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