Well not according to output statistics over the last few weeks. Recently registering as low as 0.04 gigglewatts (sic) may we suggests that the so-called experts are “economical with the truth”. The fact is that long periods of stable high pressure are both a winter and summer phenomena that often affects the greater part of Europe. Even a European super grid would be pretty worthless in these conditions. The fact remains that Coal, Nuclear and Gas are the only medium that at this time in history have the energy density to support our lifestyles. Bio-mass fails on that score and the upgrades, or should it be downgrades, of such as Drax and Tillbury need a massive tonnage of mostly imported wood to attain levels of energy generation roughly a half of previous capacity. The decision to provide subsidies to Palm Oil simply begs the question are our MPs simple. The very Forests that are being destroyed to produce Palm Oil are the World’s lungs! So what is the answer? Simples. Extend the life of existing coal and nuclear and re-commission already closed power stations, albeit after an upgrade. Take a similar attitude to nuclear. What is clear in this brave new world we will need more energy. Once Coal and Nuclear are no longer under threat, gas prices will stabilise. Fact of economic life. Push ahead with gas fracking and immediately remove all subsidies: wind, wave and nuclear. The billions presently haemoraghing into our wind industry can be invested in new practical technologies that don’t even pay lip service to carbon targets. In truth technology will balance the books. So what about energy security. Russia supplies us with coal and therefore becomes a trading nation. Is that not far better than a hungry Russian Bear? It is much cheaper than a new arms race.
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