Coal - Too Dirty
I was explaining to a chum at work that climate change was a socialist plot .My killer blow was to ask why the ice at the arctic has got thicker .“ You mean ant-arctic", he said so we google duelled. Minutes later, I gracelessly agreed that he was right about the 'ant', but wrong about the hot . I was rather floored by this remark though:
“ Well that’s what you would expect its like turning a freezer off , the ant-arctic is a land mass so when you turn off the freezer it initially furs up. The arctic which is shrinking fast is like dropping ice in warm water . Its melting " . Eeek ..I can see the truth of that .So if we begin to accept that environmental damage might be a parameter coal is out .
Oil- Running Out
Back in the 30s we had Keynes, cars and planes, but they effected few . The annual consumption of oil was about 5m barrels a day. Now with countless cheerful Asians delivering elephant tusk fertility elixir on nifty three wheelers, we get through 85m .Compounding 2% growth a year confounds any oil reserves estimate . The highest are 3000 billion but no-one thinks that oil production can multiply to 1500billion barrels a year over the next 75 years . As a viable mainstay of a recognisable world Oil will not do.
Wind - The Joke
.It supplies 1% of our energy from 2000 turbines , less output than a single conventional power station but we are throwing a lunatic £100 billion at thousands more . To meet our EU target we would need to lower 7000 structures the size of Blackpool Tower into the sea , sheer fantasy obviously. Paul Golby ,the chief exec of EON, admitted that the wind was so variable a back up capacity would 90 % would be needed This means you have to also build as many coal fired and nuclear plants as before . Harnessing wind costs at least three times as much as traditional energy ,gas and Electricy bills are already rising by 37% and 13% to pay for the existing renewables . We have seen how quietly acquiescent everyone is about that!
Gas-Oh Those Russians
OK gas is cheap handy plentiful and ..sadly controlled by Vladimir Putin and we have already allowed his thumb far too near the jugular to think of any more reliance on gas. This is the 'war ' route to a new dark age.
Clean plentiful and annoys both Ken Livingstone and Norman Baker , well what could possibly be wrong with that ? Nuclear fuel ,says Irwin Seltzer, is far dearer than the government likes to admit . High Construction costs together with long term liabilities mean that anyone with the Capital will want guaranteed profits . We are currently planning , mystifyingly , to sell our industry to the French and the future looks murky. Any way you cannot fill your car up at a Nuclear Power Station so the true changeover cost is unimaginable .
The Sun…..? Why not ?
I suspect there will be a solution, but it will suprise us . What about vast farms of solar panels in the Sahara . It would require a £35.7 billion European super grid but I like the logic of it and so do some serious folk .
If we don't come up with something, our belief that we have cured civilisation boom and bust ,looks like a hubristic Icarus saying, "Course these wings are heat resistant ...I never get my come uppance..not me oh no"...contd. Page 94 ..