Booker On The Looming Energy Disaster

Posted: April 3, 2016 by oldbrew in Energy, government
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We need to keep stressing these important points even if they do start to sound repetitive. Paying more and more for less reliable electricity is simply not going to work.


By Paul Homewood


Booker takes from three of my recent posts in his column today:

A far darker shadow is hanging over Britain than that of the collapse of our steel industry. As she is the sister of a leading figure in the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, we may not be surprised by the warning from Amber Rudd, our Energy and Climate Change Secretary, that “Brexit” would raise our energy bills by £500 million a year. Her brother Roland, as a key behind-the-scenes strategist for Stronger in Europe, might be described as “the Rudd who doesn’t want us to leave the sinking ship”.

But in making that “half a billion a year” claim, Ms Rudd must hope that we don’t recall those recent figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility projecting that within four years – due entirely to her own Government’s policies – we will…

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  1. Ron Clutz says:

    He mentions Germany, and in Canada we have the example of Ontario. It is all going according to plan.

  2. oldbrew says:

    To sensible people, this is stating the obvious. But to most governments these days it seems to go completely over their heads.


  3. oldbrew says:

    India could be one of the next big countries to wade into the renewables quagmire as its coal and gas producers get squeezed.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Many people are not capable of thinking ahead. As an example I used to go to a shopping centre across a T-junction, which had a multiple series of light changes, not the simple 2 way that most are used to. The first time there I stepped off the footpath as others did, to find the traffic starting from the right. Fortunately no one got run down, but as the weeks went by I noticed people still stepping out at that time and nearly being run over. The same people, again and again. One rather distinctive type I saw on the bonnet of a hastily braking car one week, and still trying to cross at the same time the next week.
    So it is with politicians and their short attention span. Until there is disaster they will not think it can happen. If it is narrowly averted they will continue as if it didn’t happen. So it will take a major blackout, or a series of blackouts will impinge on the politician’s brain. Then they will panic.