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Britain's Energy Policy is equivalent to committing 'National Suicide' - Sunday Telegraph, 22 Nov 2015

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Britain's Energy Policy is equivalent to committing 'National Suicide' - Sunday Telegraph, 22 Nov 2015

Post by Tony Bennett on 22.11.15 22:05

Our energy 'policy' is an act of national suicide

Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 22 November 2015 - by Christopher Booker

In years to come, last Wednesday's speech by Amber Rudd on our energy
policy may be looked back on as the moment when, more clearly than
ever before, she confirmed that Britain is heading for the greatest
self-inflicted political disaster in our history.

The Energy Secretary's "main purpose" was to "make clear" that, over
the next few years, the Government is determined to see the closing
down of all those remaining coal-fired power stations that still
supply a third of all the electricity we need (and easily the
to keep us functioning as an industrial nation.

This brings starkly nearer that long-predicted moment when we finally
confront the catastrophic consequences of how, for more than a decade,
successive governments have deliberately set out to "decarbonise" our
electricity supply, by eliminating the fossil fuels that still provide
nearly two thirds of our power - to rely on "carbon-free" renewables
and nuclear energy.

To this end, they have, on one hand, forced us all to pour ever more
billions of subsidies into renewables, while on the other piling
easily the world's highest "carbon taxes" on to coal and gas, to make
those renewables somehow seem "competitive".

At least the penny has finally dropped that weather-dependent wind and
solar are hopelessly unreliable - which is why Ms Rudd recognised
that, to provide reliable back-up for all those times when the wind
isn't blowing and the sun isn't shining, we urgently need to subsidise
a doubling of our gas-fired power plants.

But so far this just isn't happening. To such a state of chaos and
uncertainty has the Government's hostility to fossil fuels reduced our
electricity market that our largely foreign-owned supply companies are
simply not stepping forward to build the new gas plants Ms Rudd dreams
of. Only one, near Manchester, is still under construction. Plans for
any more are firmly on hold.

In a new study for the Centre for Policy Studies, energy analyst Tony
Lodge predicts that, with the closure of three more major coal-fired
power stations early next year, we could by next winter be facing that
critical moment when any surplus of reliably available electricity
over predicted demand finally disappears.

The long-predicted crunch will at last have come. Beyond that will be
nothing but a great black hole. And, for all those thousands of diesel
generators under contract at colossal expense to provide emergency
back-up, there will be nothing the Government can do to fill the gap.
We cannot be reminded too often that this will not be just a repeat of
those "three-day weeks" of the Heath era.

From cash points and shop tills to our entire transport system, our
computerised economy is now so wholly dependent on electricity that
without it, as the windmills fail to turn on windless winter days, the
nation will grind to a halt.

Nothing better underlines the total insanity of all this than Ms
Rudd's claim that we are doing it to "to set an example to the rest of
the world".

She seems wholly oblivious to the fact that, with the approach of that
Paris climate conference, both China and India have announced that,
over the next 15 years, they plan to double and triple their CO2
emissions by building hundreds more coal-fired power stations. They
each plan to add more CO2 every year than the mere 1.2 per cent of
global man-made CO2 emitted by Britain.

Ms Rudd may wish us to take pride in committing national suicide, "to
set an example to the rest of the world". But the rest of the world is
not taking a blind bit of notice.


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Re: Britain's Energy Policy is equivalent to committing 'National Suicide' - Sunday Telegraph, 22 Nov 2015

Post by roy rovers on 23.11.15 16:05

No mention by you Tony or the famous environmentalist (not - Christopher Booker in his alarmist twaddle of the fact that the National Grid intends to pay some companies to use less power at times when demand is high. The companies have freely signed up to this arrangement because they make a tidy sum.
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Re: Britain's Energy Policy is equivalent to committing 'National Suicide' - Sunday Telegraph, 22 Nov 2015

Post by BlueBag on 23.11.15 16:34

I am sure that many politicians are serving other people and not the people that elected them.

Part of the agenda is the diminishing of national independence as part of a move towards globalisation. 

We are being made dependent on foreign powers.

This is absolute madness.

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