Originally posted by rdx
Does anyone else feel that our country is being left totally vulnerable by an incompetent and inept government?
- No, I don't.
I did notice a lot of ridiculous scare stories about rolling energy shortages, staggered power cuts, the gas running out, short working weeks for
industry and basically a ton of guff about how the lights were going to go out this winter etc etc blah blah blah.
All rubbish, all false and all undoubtedly originating from the political opponents of this government trying to scare each other (and anyone they can
get to listen to them) with their silly exaggerated and tall tales.
We are too over dependent on incoming energy supplies, be it gas or oil, and the 'free markets' that govern their availablity and
- Why should we be so scared?
What do you mean by "dependant"?
Which other developed countries are entirely self sufficient in all of their energy supplies, hmmm?
This is paranoid nonsense IMO.
Could, mights and maybes gone nuts.
It seems that the pursuit of money is going to finally ruin our great country.
- .....and on the otherhand one might just as easily say the pursuit of money made this country, right?
My view is that we should immediately start a build of the latest generation nuclear reactors and where possible refurbish or renew older
- What for?
The cost (that is the total costs when one includes cleaning up and decommissioning the damned things) is extortionate.
.......and the reason why we are closing down the old stuff is because much of it has already soldiered on far longer than it was ever intended.
Stop all new building developments and start reclaiming the land for agricultural use - if we don't freeze to death, because we have no power
- we will undoubtedly starve to death as we don't seem to produce any food either.
- This strange 'closed and paranoid society' doesn't seem to offer much in a world growing ever smaller and trading more and more.
The move from sufficient power to "no power" is a tad overdone, wouldn't you say.......and no doubt you'll be thankful for the various EU food
mountains to stop you starving to death, hmmmm?
Ensure that all exisiting coal mines are placed in a state of readiness to mine, if safe to do so. It is absurd that we import coal from
Poland when we still have a considerable amount still in the ground - that is 'uneconomic' to mine.
- Relax; that coal isn't going anywhere.
Leave it be until it is economic to exploit again and the clean tech is in place to safely benefit from it's use.
Gas - this has to be the most vulnerable import. Irrespective of the furore over the costs - it is such a simple target for disruption, that
it baffles me as to how our so called 'leaders' think that this is a great way to provide energy to the masses.
- Er, that's because it is.
The supplies are set to improve thanks to new pipeline links to continental Europe.
The liquid gas business here also may well grow significantly in future (large gas tankers from the ME are planned, apparently).
Any terrorist worth his sort will at some point go for the pipelines.
- You could say that about almost anything vital.
It's just paranoid speculation and scaring yourself with a little guessing game.
Oil - we squandered the revenue, well we didn't, but Thatcher did and now
we have to pay the price.
- Whilst I would dispute some of the tory priorities the used the oil boom for I still think you are seeing this in a foolish manner.
Why should the UK be self-sufficient forever?
There are international markets out there and like everyone else we are perfectly free to make use of them.
The suppliers/sellers need our money and goods and we need their oil and gas.
Sorry but I see a very obvious and mutually beneficial arrangement in that, nothing scary at all.
Being a member of a global society with interdependence is simply a recognition of reality (and a reality that has existed for quite a long time), it
is hardly the end of the world and IMO isn't particularly scary.
We cannot hide ourselves away in a ridiculous replica of times past, nor should we even want to.
Get rid of all those 'consultants' who leech off us and rip us of to the tune of millions of pounds every year.
- Er, seeing as we no longer have a nationalised energy industry what government intervention and action in the private arena are you suggesting to
make this happen.......and how, exactly?
Finally, find someone who actually knows about the subject and put them in charge. This obviously, negates any involvement by the Labour
- I think you'll find the British parliament regularly talks to and discusses policy with leading experts in this matter.
Characterising them all as 'know-nothings' really is partisan, a bit silly and rather wide of the mark.
And, if all that doesn't work - close our borders - there are too many people here already. Less people will require less energy.
- I'd leave the simplistic nonsense well alone.
Net immigration to the UK is not going to be the cause of anyone's lights going out.
is right; we should be expanding all the renewable options as fast as possible wherever possible.
We should also be making an proper and serious national effort to conserve and use energy efficiently.
(Hmmm, a proper 'national program', anyone remember them?)
IIRC all the other 'home nations' (meaning Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) could create all their energy needs from clean and sustainable
sources; the impact on the country's overall energy imports from that change alone would be enormous.
We should also be looking at bio-diesel, hybrids and power-cells for our transport.
I'm not minimising the problem but sorry the sky isn't quite falling in just yet.