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"Incumbency Conspiracy": please get a grip, Mr Leggett, 21 Jan. 2014
Jeremy Leggett has written an important book, it is a great read and holds an important message, but it could have been so much better. It is fascinating and utterly encouraging to see him describe possible ways forward in order to mitigate the upcoming energy crisis. Although he has a clear interest in painting a positive picture of the solar industry (after all he owns a solar company), this very clearly is one of the best ways for ward in replacing hydrocarbons in due course. This is where Mr. Leggett is at his best.
It is a pity though that he undermines his own credibility by using quite vitriolic language when it comes to people and institutions who do not subscribe to his views. Not everyone who sees some future in conventional oil and gas is part of a worldwide conspiracy of the "Incumbency" (this being Mr. Leggett's favorite term for the people he sees as his opponents, which he uses over and over again). Not everyone who does not immediately agree that every single hurricane in the world is immediate proof of the weather becoming more extreme is a "denier" (or paid for by oil companies). And equating the current push in global O&G exploration with Hitler's invasion of Poland is simply vicious.
It is trash talk such as this which seriously undermines Mr. Leggett's credibility and makes the reader wonder in how far the facts that he presents are really facts or merely his opinions, simply leaving out or even demonizing everything that does not fit with his views, all these things supposedly being directed by the invisible hand of the "Incumbency Conspiracy".
That is a shame: this book could have been so much better.