Monday, 30 April 2012

When Will the Lights Go Out?

I was listening to the radio yesterday around lunch time. Three completely detached, objective energy experts were asked if we in the UK have an effective energy strategy for the next ten or twenty years. They all replied NO. They all said that within ten years our existing supplies will be needing replacement and we have NOT got long term investment and contracts in place to replace that. They all said that the EU policy requirement to cut CO2 emissions by 80% was an insuperable obstacle. And none of them thought that wind power was an adequate alternative. These were not politicians, they were not all working in the oil industry and they were people who had listened to the Green arguments in great detail. The same is true of the rest of Europe.
In America, the agenda of the climate change lobby has been described as an "economic suicide pact". Not everybody is in this suicide pact. Every business we close, every job we cut, is moving abroad. It is going to India, to China and elsewhere. They are less interested in cutting their carbon emissions than in keeping the wheels of industry running.
The result could be that our children in twenty years time are sitting here in the dark, in cold and in poverty, listening to the rumbling of wind turbines that have (incidentally) now been shown to cause atmospheric warming themselves! All the energy experts thought that nuclear power stations had to be part of the answer. I have never liked nuclear power stations, but I have to admit that their safety record has not been as catastrophic as was predicted. Few if any of the people who campaigned against nuclear power had ever gone down a coal mine. I know this as I was one of them! We did not spend our lives toiling in dirty, unhealthy, unsafe conditions as the coal miners did. But we expected them to do it. Without an adequate energy supply, isn't there another catastrophe around the corner? It may be that shale gas could offer a part solution but not if burning it is prohibited by CO2 emissions laws. These laws are embraced by the LibLabCon as well as by the admittedly tiny Green party (who get a third of the UKIP vote) I think we all owe it to our children and grandchildren to bequeath them a society with an adequate energy supply. As it is, they will be paying the taxes for the debts of the Blair-Brown government for forty years. To have to do that and still live in the dark seems a bit unfair.

2 comments:

  1. Feel free to read this and distribute it as far as you can. I seem to remember there being significant support for it once upon a time.
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/04/24/uk-smartgrid-idUKBRE83N00020120424
    The smart grid set up would mean that not only would we easily hit our emissions target but also we would have plenty of energy to go around simply by only producing what's needed, when it's needed.

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  2. Sounds good, thanks! I will go and have a look.

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