Are government and the media waking up to the energy shortage?

Yesterday there was some comment on the way energy bills will leap up in April when the price cap gets revised.

I want the government to get to work on allowing more domestic energy supply as I have been arguing for well in advance of the predictable crunch.

We will otherwise pay an increasingly heavy price for relying on imports from an energy short Europe increasingly reliant on Mr Putin’s  goodwill.

86 Comments

  1. DOM
    December 24, 2021

    I am of the opinion that the electorate and the nation at large incur the full cost of their decision to continue to elect politicians to Parliament and by extension government whose primary aim is the subjugation of national interest to that of party and self.

    The electorate shouldn’t complain when the bill arrives for the free-lunch they voted for once every five years

    We should have a nuclear program. We don’t
    We should have fracking of our land based gas. We don’t
    We should be exploiting our gas reserves in the North Sea. We don’t
    We should ditch the wind turbine tosh. We haven’t

    Why? Because the electorate continue to vote for parties whose concealed aim is the application of an ideology that will lead to real harm, suffering and loss. Why does the electorate do this? Simply put, they can’t see it is happening but they will in time. The free-lunch message of every politician is rolled out to lull naive voters into the booth and like robots they tick Labour, Tory and SNP.

    Well, I don’t want to seem Scrooge like at this time of year but some will never learn so tough, the cost of that free-lunch will at some point undermine all that you are.

    1. Everhopeful
      December 24, 2021

      +1
      Not Scrooge at all.
      Just telling the truth.
      Liblabconkip systematically destroyed any true opposition and has made it impossible for new parties to emerge. Not to mention all the underhand, anti-democratic infiltration, undermining and psy ops it has pulled to further stymie competition.
      All done of course with the terrified bleating assent of the sheep.

    2. glen cullen
      December 24, 2021

      Well said Dom

    3. acorn
      December 24, 2021

      The UK consumes 79 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year. It imports 47 bcm and exports 11 bcm. Its total proven gas reserves are 176 bcm; about two years worth. Russia’s proven reserves are 47,000 bcm.

      “At least 10 vessels are heading to Europe, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. Another 20 ships appear to be crossing the Atlantic, but are yet to declare their final destinations. U.S. cargoes of liquefied natural gas will help offset lower flows from Russia, Europe’s top supplier.

      Gas prices in Europe have surged more than sixfold this year as Russia curbed supplies just as pandemic-hit economies reopened, boosting demand. Delayed maintenance work and power-plant outages also contributed to the rally. Prices in Europe are 13 times higher than in the U.S. and the market is also trading at a rare premium to Asia, making the continent a prime destination for LNG.” (gcaptain)

      Reply UK reserves last seen in 2017 at 7.3 trillion which leaves out many of the newer finds

      1. Ian Wragg
        December 24, 2021

        Gas prices in the USA are one tenth of Europe.
        We sir on masses of oil, gas and coal but the government deems it more environmentally favourable to import from some of the worst despots on earth.
        Coupled with systematic replacement of the population with channel gimmigrants we have to wonder who is pulling the levers.
        Merry Christmas John for you and family
        Keep whistling in the wind

        1. Ian Wragg
          December 24, 2021

          I’ve just read that Belgium is shutting down its ageing nuclear lands and building gas stations.
          So much for their net zero

      2. acorn
        December 24, 2021

        My answer is in cubic meters, yours is in cubic feet. At a stretch, the OGA gets 220 bcm (7.8 trillion cubic feet).

    4. Nottingham Lad Himself
      December 24, 2021

      It’s unclear to me why rational nations do not do more to engender goodwill from Russia.

      After all, the real enemies faced by both side are the same, aren’t they?

      1. Mitchel
        December 24, 2021

        Because the west has never left it’s piratical origins in the post-Roman Frankish-Norman world behind and continues to believe the world is there for it to plunder-and no-one has more wealth to plunder than Russia (but the latter has the means to defend itself)..Of course these days there is a more sophisticated veneer to it,provided by the fiat currency delusion and predatory financialisation.

        If by your cryptic second line you mean Islam,not really – the Eastern Orthodox world has often found common cause with the Islamic world going back many centuries to Byzantine times when the Byzantine Emperors joined with the Emirs of Sicily to defeat a catholic German/Holy Roman incursion into southern Italy in the 10th century and also during the Crusades when another Byzantine Emperor joined forces with Saladin to defeat a predatory crusader army.Or in the 15th century when the Orthodox Cossacks in what is now Ukraine in alliance with the muslim Tartar Khan of Crimea destroyed an invading catholic Polish-Lithuanian army. There are other examples.

        There is a famous quote from the last Grand Logothete(sort of Chancellor cum foreign minister in western terms) of the Byzantine Empire as the empire faced extinction at the hands of the Ottoman Turks but was offered help from the west if they accepted subservience to the Pope.The offer was rejected:”Better (to live under) the Sultan’s turban than the Pope’s tiara.”

        Likewise Russia has many friends in the Islamic world and many theologians (and Mr Putin himself) consider that Eastern Christianity has more in common with Islam than with Western Christianity.Within Russia they seem to live together quite harmoniously.

        1. Nottingham Lad Himself
          December 26, 2021

          Interesting post, thanks.

      2. Micky Taking
        December 24, 2021

        Well, UK trying to avoid being screwed by Germany (Merkel) who are being screwed by Russia (Putin), who are increasingly nervous of being screwed by China (Xi Jinping), who are likely to be screwed by USA (who?) until they can match industry and weapons.
        What a roundabout, eh?

      3. agricola
        December 24, 2021

        NLH, what you say about the real enemy is true to dissimilar degrees if you are talking about the man in the street.
        Putin and his KGB cronies have managed to capture the Russian economy for their own personal enrichment, as did the Mafia in the USA. Their fight will be in maintaining control of the Russian population. You can see what they do with discent of individuals wherever it may occur.
        In the UK it is more subtle. The Establishment control the playing field under the guise of a very thin democracy. Analyse the present incumbents of Westminster. Controlled in their path to becoming an MP. The electorate put a veneer of democratic respectability on it every five years. The veneer is the vote , but only for the candidates you are given. The FPTP system ensures that emerging political parties have great difficulty in getting traction. Remember the 4.2 million who voted UKIP for one MP , more votes than the LibDems and SNP combined who got from memory over 50 seats. The present incumbents will not consider change because it would reduce their powerbase. Ere long something has got to give, I hope we can do it without anyone getting hurt.

      4. Peter2
        December 24, 2021

        I thought you liked China.

    5. John Hatfield
      December 24, 2021

      Perhaps because the mainstream newspapers are in the pockets of the main parties so there is never any criticism or forecast of future tendencies.

    6. Jim Whitehead
      December 24, 2021

      DOM, +1, another trenchant and accurate comment, thank you.

    7. Donna
      December 25, 2021

      Absolutely correct Don.

      The people who continue to vote for the Establishment Parties have no-one to blame but themselves. In order to change other peoples’ behaviour, you first have to change your own. As the voters who switched from patriotic Conservatives and patriotic Old Labour demonstrated with UKIP.

  2. Sea_Warrior
    December 24, 2021

    If only we had a government able to do strategic thought as well as our enemies – and the will to use a substantial Commons majority. If only!
    P.S. I’m now going to dust-off my electric space heater.

    1. Micky Taking
      December 24, 2021

      If it works when you need it ! When the lights don’t come on you will know the heater won’t either !

  3. Shirley M
    December 24, 2021

    I doubt this government has the nous to foresee the long term consequences of their actions. They ‘merrily’ follow the path to utter destruction of a sovereign and independent UK and its future. I cannot see the logic of abandoning self sufficiency while simultaneously increasing our trading deficit thereby handing vast amounts of money to foreign entities. Can anyone?

    Is this some vile plot to make us so poor and reliant on foreign powers for energy, etc. that we can easily be blackmailed into becoming a subservient country once again?

    1. Everhopeful
      December 24, 2021

      Well, if a main aim is to destroy the nation state….tick.
      Won’t do us any good…but then we know that we don’t count.

    2. Timaction
      December 24, 2021

      Indeed. But yesterday was the first time I saw MSM draw attention to energy costs = Government policy. That is its deliberate decision not to produce oil, gas, coal etc. Not to generate enough electricity etc. This equals price increases in large order. Importing these things when we have our own to pray to the eco God is lunacy and a Tory Consocialist deathwish. Goodbye Torys, hello reform.

      1. graham1946
        December 24, 2021

        Plus, of course VAT and the lunatic green taxes which add 20 percent to our bills for no good reason. If the government have any care for the country they will remove these damaging impositions immediately to help, but of course they don’t, they are not affected, some with their grace and favour homes, large expense accounts and over paid for mediocrity in the main, to boot.

        1. glen cullen
          December 24, 2021

          It was explained to me that we can’t alter nor remove VAT, as we would have to implement the same to NI…which the EU wouldn’t countenance under the terms of its single market and protocol on the island of Ireland …so there you have it in a nutshell we’re locked into the EU VAT level playing field

    3. Mark B
      December 24, 2021

      They only think as far as the next GE. Why do what John Major did, create a growing economy only for New Labour to benefit from and keep them out of power.

  4. Cynic
    December 24, 2021

    It appears that we are still tied into a green EU energy policy. Windmills, solar and inter connectors.

    1. glen cullen
      December 24, 2021

      Yep its all part of the new Tory green revolution

      1. miami.mode
        December 24, 2021

        Endorsed by Prime Minister Johnson and her husband Bertie Booster.

  5. rose
    December 24, 2021

    “It takes a lot of gas to make bricks, tiles and ceramics. Shortages and high gas prices are threatening our industry. BBC Today shut down talking about this. Why do so many want to stop us making things here? The U.K. needs to deliver more gas.”

    Yes, I noticed the bully Robinson shut down the subject pdq. Quite a contrast with yesterday’s adulation of the airhead “expert”.

  6. Everhopeful
    December 24, 2021

    Well..we are sitting on a lot of coal and shale ( I believe) and we have the means of growing wood.
    There were “plantations” for ships…why not now for fuel?
    But C. Antoinette wants us all to eat ice!🥶

    1. glen cullen
      December 24, 2021

      The new Tory green revolution (energy policy), which isn’t disputed in the cabinet, , approved in the Lords, which is silenced in the backbenches and ignored by the party members and the people….the people just want cheap sustainable energy (like what we had ten years ago before the green crap)

      1. Everhopeful
        December 24, 2021

        +1
        Exactly!

  7. The Prangwizard
    December 24, 2021

    Green crazy ‘Boris’ who has demonstrated his total belief will not allow any domestic gas oil or coal production. He has sold us out thinking that gets him fame.

    Face it, we will be ruined unless we get immediate change which must be demanded. A little bit of please make some tiny adjustments is too weak.

  8. Brian Tomkinson
    December 24, 2021

    This government is not working in the interests of the people. It is the worst one in my lifetime, as is the whole of this Parliament. We live in an elusion of democracy which is in effect an elective dictatorship. Unless there is a radical change very soon, the future for the country and its people is very bleak.

    1. Paul Cuthberson
      December 24, 2021

      BRIAN T – no government has worked in the interest of the people, we have been fooled for decades, but maybe, just maybe the people are waking.

  9. Old Albion
    December 24, 2021

    As I have mentioned before, your Gov. could remove VAT from domestic fuel bills. But hasn’t !!

    1. glen cullen
      December 24, 2021

      This government could reinstate coal & gas fired power stations and stop all imports of fuel and energy

      1. Everhopeful
        December 24, 2021

        +1
        And that is what it SHOULD do!

      2. Dave Andrews
        December 24, 2021

        Not sure about that. I expect they would come up against a skills shortage if they tried.

    2. Mark B
      December 24, 2021

      C’mon, Old Albion they only have <80 seat majority now.

      /sarc

  10. Bryan Harris
    December 24, 2021

    Are government and the media waking up to the energy shortage?

    Yes – but they don’t want to admit it…

    They would have to explain why misguided policies got us into such a dire situation, and why they have not acted sooner.

    No doubt, with the help of the nudgers, they will come up with a solution to save face, and somehow put the blame on us, climate change or some other non-existent problem.

  11. Narrow Shoulders
    December 24, 2021

    All our measures make not one iota of difference to the global production of carbon – we have offshored our production which will end up producing more as we transport it around. This makes us in hock to other nations, more so than when we were in the EU.

    The emperor truly has no clothes on and it is high time the little boy shouted it loud.

  12. SM
    December 24, 2021

    I would honestly like to hear someone – anyone – who is pro-Net Zero explain why it’s so harmful for the environment to obtain gas that’s under your feet in the UK, but it’s really GREEN to get it from Russia, etc?

    1. Old Salt
      December 24, 2021

      SM

      Try googling fracfocus.org – what chemicals are used?
      I would be concerned at the security of the groundwater on our relatively small island once contaminated what then?
      This has to be reserved to be used as a last resort.

  13. glen cullen
    December 24, 2021

    But it doesn’t have to be this way
    The Tory government has banned the North Sea gas field, banned the Lancashire shale gas, closed down coal fired power stations….the difficulties we’re in are a direct result of government policy
    When energy prices sky rocket next year this government will point to the world markets and the naughty Russians, don’t believe them its all due to government policy (the new green revolution)

    1. Iain Moore
      December 24, 2021

      Yes I agree, the problems we face stem from the failure of our Governments to invest in security of supply . They have been the architects of this energy shortage, presumably they thought they could herd us into their green zealotry through high prices, failing to understand the eco nirvana they wanted to impose on us could not guarantee a security of supply, even Windy Miller of Camberwick Green knew the wind didn’t always blow , that’s why his fellow millers gave up on windmills ( a lesson we seem to be having to learn all over again) . So a culmination of all these decisions to defer to the green mob , Biden cancelling the pipe line, and also fracking , same here with Johnson pouring cold water over any proposal to develop fossil fuels has got us to where we now are.

    2. Mark
      December 24, 2021

      The bans are signalling that we will become more and more dependent on supply from elsewhere, including key resources for net zero mainly controlled by China, as well as distant supplies for LNG. This weakens our position in international negotiations of every kind.

      As does the ban on supporting investment abroad in fossil fuel projects. These have the potential to increase supply and competition, helping to keep prices down. Leaving them to be developed by others means that they will control the outputs, and feed their own domestic markets first. We have already seen China aiming to secure monopoly positions in one commodity after another. Lithium has gone from $6,000/tonne to over $36,000/tonne in a year. China is buying up gas, creating a huge cost advantage for its largely coal fuelled economy.

  14. Rhoddas
    December 24, 2021

    When the energy bills double, when the electrickery goes phut, there will be a recognition this and previous governments have royally ignored energy security as fundamental to their existence as it is for ours.

    Joseph Conrad wrote a short story called ‘The Machine Stops’ and it will happen here quite soon.

    In Greece whom the EU Troika broke with pay cuts, massive taxes and debt.. fuel poverty too. … you just hear the sounds of chainsaws as they illegally cut down trees to heat their homes in winter. Theft of domestic heating oil from oil tanks is a common problem.

    We will see a lot more of this.

  15. agricola
    December 24, 2021

    There is a way forward.
    A major boost to the generation of electricity using the Rolls Royce small, replicable atomic energy units. Ending our dependence on links to the EU and the proliferation of countryside and coastal blots on our landscape. This should see the UK through until fusion energy becomes a reality. For RR the export potential is enormous.
    For domestic and industrial heating we have our own supply of gas until such time as hydrogen is produced economically and in volume. This is down to choice by government, as is the mining of coal for steel production rather than its import.
    For personal transport and road goods transport hydrogen is the answer. There are just too many negatives associated with the electric car. Let the industry provide market acceptable solution, not the PPEs of politics.
    For political thinking in the UK their totally inadequate solutions form a sector of their climate change religion. Government have danced around the Maypole of climate change, transfering wealth from the poorer masses to the well heeled minority, just like religions of old. It is time to get real. Apart from rhetoric I see no damascene moment in the voice of government.

    1. forthurst
      December 24, 2021

      Where is the energy to make the hydrogen to come from? Why should I scrap my car because most people vote for cretins to rule them.

    2. Jim Whitehead
      December 24, 2021

      agricola, +1, although I don’t know enough about the RR suggestion I fully endorse the good sound sense of the rest of your reasoning.

      Can’t miss the opportunity of wishing Sir John a Very Good Christmas time.
      This diary blog is easily the best for the quality of discussion that I have come across. Who can fail to learn from its content (Ok, except the usual suspects)?

  16. Sea_Warrior
    December 24, 2021

    I gather that the government’s policy of destroying the car-manufacturing industry is bearing fruit. If the next Conservative PM is reading this would he/she please remove the target of banning the sale of ICE cars. When electric cars are good enough, people will happily buy them.

    1. glen cullen
      December 24, 2021

      If everyone can see the virtue of going green and wants to buy an electric car, why ban the ice car….lets have a level playing field and allow market force to dictate what people want

  17. Iain Moore
    December 24, 2021

    Ross Clark in the Daily Mail has an interesting article worth a read , its headed….”What this bizarre advert for idle UK power stations available for hire says about our insane policy”…. here are two gas power stations sitting idle , up for sale or relocation to another country. Their commercial viability crippled by the Climate Change Act and put into receivership due to the slump in demand over the covid lockdown They could profit from the eye watering capacity market auctions , a system put in place to fill in when the Saudi Arabia of wind plans fails when there isn’t any wind, then they could pick up riches in the order of ÂŁ2500 per megawatt hour , paid for by mugs like you, me and our industry, unfortunately our brilliant bureaucracy only allows the auction to take place once a year when these power stations were in receivership, so excluded, with the result they sit idle while we are threatened with power cuts.

    Brilliant , utterly brilliant , only a Rolls Royce bureaucracy and an idiot political class could bring you this quality of cluster …….

    1. Mark
      December 24, 2021

      I and others drew attention to the mothballed power stations many months ago when we were first seeing supply problems in low wind conditions. No sign of any action from BEIS. They are asleep at the wheel.

  18. Atlas
    December 24, 2021

    Agreed Sir John. It seems that we can only hope that some in the Cabinet will actually challenge the scientific basis for the GW claims in the way they have for Covid restrictions.

    Edward Heath barely mentioned joining the Common market in the Conservative Manifesto and yet ended up giving us 50 years of misery. Johnson barely mentioned Net Zero and is doing the same, with all the misery that is coming soon. We are told that David Cameron used the term ‘Green Cr*p’ – it must be one of the few occasions he was correct.

  19. Robert McDonald
    December 24, 2021

    I noted a very enlightening report on STV News about a housing complex in Falkirk that was built to be heated and powered by electricity alone. The residents are finding that they cannot afford the energy bills due to the electric bills …. and are still cold … so Falkirk Council is in the progress of installing gas central heating … gas, the energy source that the Scottish Government condemns and refuses to exploit. Go green … go cold or go broke.

    1. glen cullen
      December 24, 2021

      Will this government learn anything from Falkirk….NO

    2. Dave Andrews
      December 24, 2021

      No s*** Sherlock!

  20. Original Richard
    December 24, 2021

    The energy shortage and hence rapidly rising prices is deliberate government policy to make us “greener”.

    The BEIS Net Zero [CO2] Strategy is the Marxist Britphobic civil service’s full blown attack on the UK. It is designed to cripple the UK and make us dependent on foreign hostile powers for our energy, food and goods.

    Our major export will be CO2 emissions.

    Their unilateral dash for cutting CO2 emissions is deliberately being started before the right technology exists and hence we will suffer the consequences of insufficient, intermittent and expensive wind energy with insufficient and expensive backup resulting in a grid which can only be balanced through what BEIS call “demand management” (viz regular but unpredictable rolling blackouts).

    Whilst at the same being coerced through legislation, taxation, restrictions and deliberately rising fossil fuel prices to use less practical electrical devices such as heat pumps and evs.

    The Net Zero Strategy (368 pages, largely repetitive) is the longest suicide note in history.

    1. Mark B
      December 24, 2021

      I’ll think you will find that the root cause of all this is the, Climate Change Act. An act that originally wanted the UK to cut its Carbon Footprint by 80% by 2035 (?) but was amended by Alexander Johnson MP to 100%.

  21. Sea_Warrior
    December 24, 2021

    Another cold, windless day, with the windmills largely stopped, and nuclear and gas power stations keeping us warm – and that 12% of our electricty imported from countries that hate us. Yep, we’re all ready for war in Europe. It takes a special kind of stupid to get us here.

    1. SM
      December 25, 2021

      +10

  22. miami.mode
    December 24, 2021

    On Tuesday gas prices jumped to around 450 p/therm (currently around 260 p/therm) approx 7 or 8 times the price a year ago and it seems the only reason the price came down was because “cargoes of liquefied natural gas starting heading towards Europe from the US and elsewhere. About 30 LNG cargoes were heading towards Europe from the US on Thursday, according to Bloomberg data”.

    What a way to secure our future.

    1. Ian Wragg
      December 24, 2021

      Destination unknown. Highest bidder.

  23. Norman
    December 24, 2021

    Our energy policy has all the hallmarks of a doctrinaire ‘controlled demolition’. Is this a deliberate globalist plot, or is it a judgment from God, caused by the idolatry of worship ping the creation (naturalism) rather than the Creator? ‘Thinking themselves to be wise, they became fools’ (Romans 1:22; Acts 17:16-31). On the Eve of the celebration of Emmanuel’s birth , is this not a valid question, for such a nation as this?

  24. agricola
    December 24, 2021

    Let us be honest about our energy problems that relate to supply and cost. In my lifetime there has never been a coherent energy plan that was comprehensive and worked. The root cause has always been politicians applying political solutions that at best could only look about four years ahead or to the next election. When a new party took power the failings were blamed on the previous lot. No commercially literate company would operate on such a short horrizon, neither should any UK government. This is why the supply and cost of energy are at best erratic and for sure inexcusably expensive.
    For the same basic reasons the same can be said for education, transport, housing, the NHS, et al that government touches. The civil service are equally culpable. We thersfore require a fundamental re-think of the way in which the UK is managed. If we continue as at present rival countries will leave us for dead.

    1. Paul Cuthberson
      December 24, 2021

      Agricola -Spot on.

  25. Original Richard
    December 24, 2021

    “We will otherwise pay an increasingly heavy price for relying on imports from an energy short Europe increasingly reliant on Mr Putin’s goodwill.”

    Whether it is our dependency on others for our energy, or indeed for many other issues, why do we have an establishment elite – Government, Opposition, civil service, quangos, institutions, judiciary etc. – who never seem to wish to defend or fight for, either verbally or by action, the interests of our country and its people?

    Unlike the leaders of many other countries, including some who geographically are near neighbours.

    1. Iain Moore
      December 24, 2021

      +1

  26. forthurst
    December 24, 2021

    What does any one expect when they elect a bunch of Arts graduates to run our country? Arts graduates are not required to have demonstrated any knowledge or understanding of science in order to graduate yet people continue to vote for these clowns and complain bitterly when they demonstrate their total ignorance and stupidity through the laws they enact. They simply cannot tell when the advice they receive from ‘experts’ is designed to help or harm the country or will actually save the planet.

  27. Magelec
    December 24, 2021

    I think the Government know exactly what they are doing. First the aluminium plants are forced to close, then the steel plants probably to be followed by other large energy users, if there are any left. Electric car chargers will be centrally controlled. Smart meters will become mandatory. So the Government, via the National Grid Control, will be able to determine demand rather than trying to match generation planning to satisfy estimated demand. It’s all about control. Keep us jabbed every year and do as they say!

  28. M.A.N.
    December 24, 2021

    John didn’t you put a post up a couple of years back about our dependence on the eu ie us buying power? I think it got lost amongst the noise, it’s seen as an unglamorous topic, and events have taken over. It’s crucially important as a sovereign state to have independent power capabilities. Can you paint a picture of the long term goals re power generation and the culture in the civil service?

  29. Malcolm White
    December 24, 2021

    Copy of a message written to your colleague in the adjacent constituency of Windsor, Adam Afriyie MP, yesterday.

    Dear Mr Afriyie MP,

    I have written before regarding the Government’s current energy policy and its drive to reach Net Zero by 2050 by relying on wind and solar power generation.

    We hear the PM’s catch phrase ‘the Saudi Arabia of wind’, but this is meaningless when the wind doesn’t blow hard enough or long enough, as it hasn’t for the last five or six days. Meaning that we’ve had to import more electricity from Europe and turn the Drax coal plant back on at vast expense. Moreover, these vast wind farms will never be profitable requiring ongoing subsidies – and therefore guaranteed profit – to the operators ad infinitum at the expense of the tax payer and consumer.

    Surely, one of the key responsibilities of Government in this day and age is energy security. Nowhere do I see a strategy that even remotely addresses the issue of providing energy at an affordable cost to the consumer and manufacturer. It’s almost as if there’s a sense within Government that it will all be alright on the night. It won’t and now is the time to address it.

    Energy prices are through the roof, not only because of the bounce back from the Covid induced recession or Russia’s shenanigans, but because the wind hasn’t blown as hard across Europe as it has in previous years and overall wind power generation is down. Changes in the weather! Who’d have thought it?

    In the past this could have been managed by having an appropriate energy mix of fossil fuels and nuclear, but due to western net zero policies these cheap, reliable and controllable sources of energy are being ostracized by the climate change and green zealots without anything on the near horizon to replace them.

    It’s about time policy makers in the UK woke up to the reality of the situation and changed tack to allow more oil and gas exploration and production in the North Sea and fracking for gas on shore to provide a secure and abundant energy supply to the UK while working on future technologies to reduce pollution and develop production capable sources of clean energy.

  30. DB
    December 24, 2021

    The electorate are well aware of the folly of closing down our fossil fuel energy supplies, and failing to exploit new sources of oil and gas, before sustainable alternatives have been developed. It is only the government who can’t see that we are heading for disaster.

    Two days ago there were reports in the press of a driver of a Tesla car who was told that the car’s battery needed replacing and that the cost of a new battery would be ÂŁ25,000. Rather than replace the battery he destroyed the car. Food for thought.

    1. Micky Taking
      December 26, 2021

      What a shame -an ideal car for the Science Museum. Under the heading ‘the folly of UK rush to be all electric, when in just a few years the buyers could no longer plug it in!’ A great exhibit wasted.

      1. Lifelogic
        December 26, 2021

        +1

  31. Micky Taking
    December 24, 2021

    All this is the culmination of so many years of government failure to look a little ahead.
    It was clear we would soon have no coal that could be sensibly mined, we have no oil under us, yet vehicles powered by oil have increased over and over. Nuclear power was allowed to move into decommissioning years. Solar power provided by buying Chinese equipment, tidal/hydro schemes not going anywhere. Hands up you older MPs, PMs and Cabinets sitting on hands for Parliament after Parliament.

  32. agricola
    December 24, 2021

    One startling ommission in our manufacturing portfolio is Chips. I’m sure we have people who can design them, but for manufacture we have to go to China or Taiwan. I assume it is a capital intensive business so it should not be too much of a challenge to set up in the UK.

  33. Lindsay McDougall
    December 25, 2021

    Why, given the limits of supply and high prices in the wholesale gas market, are we so against opening the Nord stream gas supply line from Russia to Germany?

  34. Donna
    December 25, 2021

    The Conservative/conservative section of the electorate woke up to the energy lunacy a long time ago – they knew it will cost them a fortune and make their lives harder.

    But as usual with a project the Establishment want to force on us they use their LibLabCON Party Cartel to deprive voters of any say in the matter. Whoever you vote for, the CONsensus ensures you cannot vote against it.

    So then the only way the electorate can have any chance of changing it is to refuse to vote for one of the Cartel and threaten to deprive their MPs of power/seats/wealth.

    It will be the CONs who suffer electoral flight because they are supposed to be the sensible party of business ….. although there’s been precious little evidence of it in recent years.

  35. agricola
    December 25, 2021

    Interesting bit of history for you all to mull over. In the period 1895-1909 the competition for personal transport was between steam, electricity, and the ICE. Government being no wiser than it is today, but much less interfering ,left it to the market place to decide and the ICE prevailed.
    Apart from considerable technical progress we are back on a similar cusp to that in 1909 and the options are much the same. This time round we have political oracles who think they have all the answers, but they do not, the market will still decide. Those who force the customer down the governments path will be complicit in destroying the UKs personal vehicle industry. Screwing up UK industry is a secondary activity of UK politicians, deja vu.

    1. Lifelogic
      December 26, 2021

      +1 gov are choosing the wrong solutions in the main – as usual.

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