UK to be ‘clean energy superpower’?  

Posted: November 7, 2022 by oldbrew in climate, COP27, Energy, Politics
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CO2 is not pollution

Without sufficient dispatchable electricity generation the UK could become a low-energy power on windless nights. Alarmist talk of ‘worst droughts in 500/1000 years’ begs the question: what caused those historical events? Demonising a vital atmospheric trace gas makes no sense.
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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is to call on global leaders to speed up the transition to renewable energy when he addresses the UN COP27 climate summit today, says Energy Live News.

He travelled to Egypt yesterday after a U-turn on his earlier decision to not attend the event, attracting much criticism from environmental activists and political opponents.

Mr Sunak will also tell politicians and business leaders that Britain will work with international allies and be at the “forefront of this global movement” towards clean energy.

In a speech at the event, the prime minister is expected to say: “Fighting climate change is not just a moral good – it is fundamental to our future prosperity and security. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and contemptible manipulation of energy prices has only reinforced the importance of ending our dependence on fossil fuels.

“We need to move further and faster to transition to renewable energy and I will ensure the UK is at the forefront of this global movement as a clean energy superpower.”

The UN climate summit was hosted by Britain last year in Glasgow, Scotland.

COP26 President Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, formally opened the COP27 summit, bringing his COP Presidency to a close and handing it over to his counterpart Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.

Mr Sharma said: “How many more wake-up calls do world leaders actually need? A third of Pakistan under water. The worst flooding in Nigeria in a decade. This year, the worst drought in 500 years in Europe, in a thousand years in the US and the worst on record in China.

“The cascading risks are also clear. Entire economic sectors becoming unsustainable and uninsurable, entire regions becoming unliveable and the strain on the global movement of goods and the pressure on people to relocate because of the climate crisis, becoming almost unimaginable.”

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  2. Saighdear says:

    All those Super- xxx’s we’re gonna be …. Ha ha ha, punching above our weight, Sturgeon likes that one and she’s off to Buck’sfizzland to promote reparations to the 3rd world, etc BUT for all that wind for the Herons and Pelicans, has anyone EVER THOUGHT ( NO ) that if theeir plans were successful in calming CLimate change and to have fewer storms ( hurricanes), their would be LESS WIND around to power the windmills. they would then be truly windNILLS

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is to call on global leaders to speed up the transition to renewable energy’

    As Britain and Europe’s energy crisis deepens, Sunak says, “Speed up!”

    ‘In a speech at the event, the prime minister is expected to say . . . .’

    Reporting on the future is bizarre. Why can’t they wait to report on what he actually said? Because Priyanka Shrestha is simply applying the imprimatur of the PM to her opinion! Print what YOU want now, with the PM’s name on it; don’t wait for reality to mess it up!

  4. JB says:

    “A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolt (sedition) is a transfer of power.”–Bulwer-Lytton
    “A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” –Mao

    The faces and names change in the halls of power, but the policy remains the same. This was verified by a study of businesses where the founders had long since departed, but their policies remained through generations of successors.

  5. Gamecock says:

    Tradition extends the franchise to the dead.

    “Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.”
    ― G.K. Chesterton

  6. Gamecock says:

    World leaders have gathered in Egypt to discuss cow farts, and what they are going to do about them. WHAT WILL THEY DO ?!?!

  7. Sunak has been described as the Malcom Turnbull (failed PM of Australia and certainly the worst Liberal/conservative PM in Australian history) because of his connections with Goldman Sachs. If the Tories want to get close in the election theu should dump Sunak now. Kemi Badenoch is the only one who might make UK survive by overturning the Energy Act, get shale gas going, and stop subsidising and wasting money on unreliable renewables, immigration, and unwinnable far away wars.

  8. oldbrew says:

    So excited about ‘clean energy’ he’s giving even more taxpayers’ money away…

    “And as part of this we will now triple our funding on adaptation to £1.5 billion by 2025,” Mr Sunak added.

  9. oldbrew says:

    = = =
    Letters: Why is Britain buying American gas instead of using its own resources?

    Letters to the Editor
    9 November 2022

    SIR – Am I alone in struggling to understand why, instead of fracking for our own gas, we have decided to pay America to frack for its gas, liquefy it and ship it in tankers across the Atlantic, thus ensuring greater carbon-dioxide emissions, higher prices, and most of the employment, profits and tax revenues going to America (“Gas deal set to ease energy crisis”, report, November 8)?

    David Cockerham

  10. Stuart Brown says:

    Clean energy? Well, I laughed anyway, no-one was hurt:

    On the other hand, 11kg of SF6 leaked is a problem though? Wikipedia:
    “Sulfur hexafluoride … is a colorless, odorless, non-flammable, and non-toxic gas.”
    “SF6 is 23,500 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas but exists in relatively minor concentrations in the atmosphere. Its concentration in Earth’s troposphere reached 10.63 parts per trillion (ppt) in 2021, rising at 0.39 ppt/year.”

    So – 10.63 * 23,500 = 0.25ppm equivalent CO2 or what we in the trade call negligible, madam. (feel free to correct my maths, please). Or put it this way, the 1m workers in the global wind industry each exhale about 1kg of CO2 per day, so will cause just as much global warming as this leak in about 6 hours. (ditto). And that’s not counting the posterior exhalations of those who’ve dined on beans!

  11. oldbrew says:

    ‘The greenhouse gas in question is sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), which can apparently cause respiratory problems in humans’

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