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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Daily Bayonet - "The Powerless Green Future"

Australia should wake up pretty quickly to what is happening in the UK, and stop the madness before the lights go out:
The UK could be rationing electricity within 8 years because demand for power is forecast to outstrip supply.

The British government committed the nation to its Low Carbon Transition Plan in July, an idea that hopes wind and solar can produce enough electricity to power the entire country. Renewable energy is a green dream that will turn into a nightmare for families facing sudden power cuts or scheduled brown-outs.

In the 21st century, the idea that a nation cannot provide enough power for its people and industries should be unthinkable. There is no coal shortage, no oil shortage and no Uranium shortage. The only shortage is plants that convert these fuels into power. But why?

Greens have played a key role in dePowering the UK, Greenpeace scofflaws at Kingsnorth illustrate the radical scaremongering that made the idea of building new generating capacity a political nightmare. Eco-radicals are proud of their drive to deprive people of affordable energy, witness the Sierra Club in the USA and how they brag about the 100 power stations they ‘prevented‘.

The perfect storm of a spineless political class and a somnolent public faced with aggressive green lobby groups has brought the UK to a point where it is a country without an energy future. No one listens to voices of reason, preferring to pretend that renewable energy can fill the gap and ignoring that ‘green’ alternatives require the industrialization of the open countryside:

… the land area occupied by wind farms would be nearly 10 percent of the country, or roughly the size of Wales. The area occupied by desert solar power stations — in the case of Britain, they would have to be connected by long-distance power lines — would be five times the size of London. The 50 nuclear power stations required would occupy a more modest 50 square kilometers.

Read it here.


  • The Greens have absolutely no interest in having "alternative" energy sources littering the countryside.

    They know only too well that the NIMBY's have been empowered to stop any such necessarily widespread development. In Australia partcularly, garnishing approval for a small mining operation from the government and the local traditional owners is a multi-decade long exercise in hair-pulling frenzy.

    There is not going to be any solar, wind, or "hot rock" power (base-load or otherwise) planned, developed and brought on stream within the next 20 years.

    The object of Green power is simply a tax.

    It is a tax which attracts bipartisan support, simply because for the first time in history, we have a populace which is stupid enough to actually believe that paying an energy tax is a Good Thing.

    Here we see the convergence of the dumbing down of education with the rise of green power.

    Correlation or causation?

    By Blogger Kaboom, At September 2, 2009 at 9:17 PM  

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