Government’s energy Lhuhnacy

In his column, Christopher Booker underlines the sheer lunacy lhuhnacy of Chris Huhne and David Cameron’s ‘green’ energy policy. As Booker makes clear, we are required by the EU to spend billions of pounds on renewable energy that is unreliable, so we also have to spend billions of pounds more building conventional power stations that are reliable to act as back up.

But for the sheer idiocy of the political class we could simply build the conventional power stations we need and have the energy we need as perhaps less than half the cost.  It is the worst kind of gesture politics borne of ideological bankruptcy and we, the ordinary people, have to break the bank to pay the huge sums needed to make this farce a reality:

At least the Government admits for the first time that the wind doesn’t always blow; so it proposes a Capacity Mechanism to subsidise the building of dozens of gas-fired power stations, to be kept running all the time, emitting CO2, just to provide instant back-up for when the wind drops. More than once on these recent cold, windless days, the contribution of wind to our electricity needs has been as low as 0.1 per cent – so the back-up to all those turbines will cost billions more, doing much to negate any CO2 savings from the turbines when they work. It does not take long to estimate that the capital cost of Mr Huhne’s new energy policy could well be more than £300 billion over 10 years, or £30 billion a year. Since the total wholesale cost of the electricity we used last year was only around £19 billion, this alone would be well on the way to tripling our bills by 2020.

10 Responses to “Government’s energy Lhuhnacy”

  1. 1 Agincourt 19/12/2010 at 12:07 pm

    The only people who can’t see that this is – & many other government policies are – lunacy are our current useless mob of MPs. Yet it only needs a few on the government benches to rock the boat. It’s definitely time now for a leadership challenge.

  2. 2 Andy Baxter 19/12/2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’ve been struggling with the dilemna for some tme now as to whether these numpty’s who run our lives are (despite the expensive Oxbridge educations) either:

    plain boringly utter Sam Dingle simpletons?


    actually have a deliberate cunning plan to wilfully and gleefully it seems, totally destroy our heritage, our culture, our historic institutions and common law?

    stupidity can at least be forgiven in those that “know not what they do” well in some cases perhaps…but wilful neglect and destruction…..


    that is why violent assertion of our rights and declaration of our independence, increasingly seems the only way….

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 19/12/2010 at 2:14 pm

    There won’t be a leadership challenge Agincourt. MPs will take a split second to decide between principle and their own prospects and put themselves first.

    Cameron is already soothing them with mood music about expenses with his threat to IPSA. It boils down to the age old currency of bribery and preferment. Cameron is promising them the opportunity to suck more from the public teat and to feel grand. Turkeys, as they say, don’t vote for Christmas.

  4. 4 defender 19/12/2010 at 2:39 pm

    Lawful rebellion is open to all individualy and collectively.
    No leaders to hassle, no organisation to outlaw, no compliance, no consent.
    lets see who is boss.

  5. 5 Tufty 19/12/2010 at 9:35 pm

    I think it all depends on events as Harold Macmillan might have said. If the EU climate turns undeniably colder, then at some point ridicule may step in. Once it has a grip on popular narrative, ridicule is a powerful agent for change. Viciously cold winters (if they continue) cannot be ignored, neither financially nor politically.

  6. 6 Tufty 20/12/2010 at 11:39 am

    Apologies AM – I forgot to add this link to the 58th Bilderberg Meeting held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. Check out the agenda – it includes Global Cooling.

  7. 7 defender 20/12/2010 at 9:29 pm

    You’ll love this lads

    Warmist hate, the musical

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