We are having a lot of weather these days. We have just had another cool summer with lots of rain in August. Where have all those predictions of long hot dry summers gone?
We did have a dry spring with warm middles to the day, but even then mornings and evenings were cold with late frosts.
No wonder people are so upset with dear energy. We need more of it to keep ourselves warm.
The government needs to look again at our energy policy. It needs to work for when we have cold weather as well as for periods of warm climate. It’s not just industry that seeks a plentiful supply of reasonably priced power. So when are the new power stations and new energy resources going to come on stream Mr Huhne? How can this island of coal set in a sea of oil and gas, these reservoirs of shale gas and this pioneer of civil nuclear power become energy sufficient soon?
When can we save the balance of payments cost of massive energy imports?
It would also be interesting to hear your best examples of false greenery, where proposals designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions probably end up causing more. There is a lack of sensible accounting for the full carbon dioxide “costs” of any proposal, with knee jerk attitudes usually predominating.
Gordon Hughes has recently published an interesting study on the “myth of green jobs” for the Global Warming Policy Foundation. In it he argues that jobs in renewables, for example, may destroy more jobs elsewhere by driving up energy prices and making it more difficult to retain or create jobs in energy using activities.