Xavier Connolly, 18 August 2022
As many people in Britain slap on the apres sun gloop in the wake of what passes for a heatwave in these cool cloudy climes, our inept politicians caught with their pants down by unusual weather as usual have heard that that winter is coming and are making plans for a coldwave.
We are in the grip of an energy crisis at the height of summer, due in part at least to the loss of gas imports from Russia. Six months into the war in Ukraine, UK and EU policymakers are finally realising the potentially catastrophic implications of their gung-ho attitude in sanctioning Russia and supplying the neo Nazi nutters in Kiev with unlimited armaments and ammunition having backfired as The Kremlin retaliated by sanctioning gas exports to European states that depend on Russian gas.
Last week, it was reported that the UK government is laying down plans for a “reasonable worst-case scenario” through the winter of '22/'23 in which below-average temperatures and gas shortages could force to trigger industry regulators to impose emergency gas-saving measures, including blackouts for industry and even households. And this is as energy prices spiral out of control to new records every day. The average annual energy bill for a typical household is expected to reach £4,200, or about £350 a month in the coming winter — more than double what households are currently paying and a four-fold increase on the average bill paid just a year ago.The social consequences of such an outcome will be metamorphic, the public are already aware that a far bigger factor in the energy price increase is the risible underperformance of 'sustainable sources' of clean, green electricity. Our dependence on wind and sunshine to provide the stream of megawatts we need twenty four hours a day looks like pushing 10.5 million households — a third of the total — into poverty, worsening what is already the UK’s worst cost-of-living crisis in decades. Yet even when faced with a campaign of civil disobedience, calling on people to cancel their energy direct debits, the government hasn’t been able to come up with anything better than offering households a one-off £400 discount on their fuel bills in October (and a bit more for those on means-tested benefits).
This has been the inevitable outcome of former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s disastrous Climate Change Act since 2008.
Environmentalists representing groups outside parliament effectively wrote the act in collaboration with elected politicians from the 'Looney Left' of the Labour Party and a few Liberal Democrat tree huggers, and all MPs (bar 5) voted it through. There are enough covenants, pledges and commitments in its claues to make sure the green blob and their philanthropist billionaire funders can (and do) sue the government at even the slightest deviation.
Then we have ESGs which ensure companies’ feet are
held to the fire, and ensure funding – which the oil companies
desperately need to ramp up production – is steered well away from
anything which would negatively affect climate policy.
Of course the green blob are screaming loudest about the lack of energy and how it hits the poorest and most vulnerable in society hardest, hypocritically oblivious to the fact that policies they pushed for are the main cause. They could be well on the way to NetZero, if they had allowed nuclear, but apparently that isn’t an option either.
Not to mention that shutting down 20 power stations in 20 years without
viable alternatives will do that. We aren’t using less energy, we’re
now just dependent on importing more.
One of the proposals being considered among the government's winter plans is bringing energy under government control. This shows a lack of historical awareness as well as a lack of intelligence, there are many examples of how bringing an industry under government control turns it into a basket case, and it certainly won’t magically produce more energy without building power stations, pumping more gas out of North Sea wells, reopening coal mines or fracking. And you can guarantee the green blob lawyers would be all over that to make sure they aren’t viable options.