The UK’s energy policy in a nutshell

On his Telegraph news blog, James Delingpole poses the question: ‘Huhne: the final nail in the coffin of Cameron’s lousy coalition?’ He bloody well should be, but as much as we wish it was the case it is just a little too hopeful.

However, this does not detract from the outstanding clarity of Delingpole’s explanation of the multiple problems with this pathetic government’s energy and climate change policy. The public are being fleeced and deceived into accepting ‘solutions’ in order to ‘save the planet’ from a ‘problem’ that a) is unproven hypothesis and b) we as a country have no influence over in any case.

We can’t even describe this as nonsensical. It makes perfect sense. Corporations and big business investors are getting rich at our expense as our energy bills head north towards £2500 a year. Not a penny of public money is being put into proven and reliable nuclear power, instead it is being spent by the billion on unreliable and inefficient wind turbines that are not even close to economically viable without huge subsidies from our wallets and energy bills. The miniscule amount of electricity they produce must be purchased at excess cost and this is why our bills are rising.

Despite sufficient evidence to call into question the basis for such a policy, the politicians like Cameron and Huhne press on regardless. They have an agenda and it has nothing to do with serving our interests. In fact it dramatically increases the chance of the lights going out. Little wonder more and more people are getting to the end of their teather and coming to terms with uncompromising courses of action.

4 Responses to “The UK’s energy policy in a nutshell”

  1. 1 AJC 16/12/2010 at 5:01 pm

    What we need asap (yesterday would be nice) is an energy policy which delivers well in excess of 50% of our load from nuclear.

    The French are in the 90%s, I believe, but that includes nuclear stations well inland on large rivers which suffer downtime during drought or flooding.

    Any price guarantee must factor in worst-case availability.

    Wind and solar – without effective storage systems (what has happened to our pump storage hydro system in North Wales?) – cannot realistically attain anywhere near 50% availability.

  2. 2 WitteringsfromWitney 16/12/2010 at 7:43 pm

    To use AJC’s first words, AM, what would have been nice is if, 38 years ago Heath had been put up against a wall and shot and the country had listened to dear Enoch!

    Stil, what is past is past, but to echo a post of yours which agreed with what I have maintained for some time, perhaps we could start again – same wall but different politicians?

  3. 3 PaulH 16/12/2010 at 9:10 pm

    Don’t worry. Friends of the Earth Scotland have it all figured out…

    ‘The Power of Scotland Secured’

    We can even draw from lots of plugged-in electric cars to power the grid if needed.

    Click to access possv6final.pdf

  4. 4 Robert 17/12/2010 at 8:09 am

    The idiocy of the government is worse than you think. The energy market has changed so much in the last few years that all talk of nuclear power generation is just that. The US will not invest in it, why should we when there is another better alternative in the form of gas.

    Shale gas has transformed the energy market to such an extent that the US could well become an exporter of LNG along with Canada to add to Qatar, Russia, Libya and Nigeria, Trinidad, Algeria etc. Shale gas has been found in France, Poland, Ukraine and even in the UK. Development in the US has been rapid and has effected imports of LNG to the US from Trinidad and other sources. They are turning away imported supplies.

    Carbon capture and storage for coal fired power stations is unproved and is probably a dead duck.Gas power stations supply around 40% of UK electricity already with coal at about 40% and dropping with nuclear at 18%. Wind hardly gets a look in. Gas power stations are cheap to build, can be more flexible than coal or nuclear and are cleaner than coal or nuclear in the long run. Security of supply is no longer an issue with the amount of gas on the world market and supplies are growing.

    With shale gas comes shale oil. Gas can replace oil in heavy transport and shipping as well as in chemical manufacture. We are a long way from peak oil and world gas reserves are now at a level unimaginable 15 years ago.

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