UK in peril for power because of green taliban policies

Christopher Booker laments the state of the UK energy industry, weighed down with subsidised inefficiencies which will hold Britain back as it emerges from the recession:

An obsession with CO2 has left us dangerously short of power as coal-powered stations are forced to close.

As the snow of the coldest March since 1963 continues to fall, we learn that we have barely 48 hours’ worth of stored gas left to keep us warm, and that the head of our second-largest electricity company, SSE, has warned that our generating capacity has fallen so low that we can expect power cuts to begin at any time. It seems the perfect storm is upon us.

The grotesque mishandling of Britain’s energy policy by the politicians of all parties, as they chase their childish chimeras of CO2-induced global warming and windmills, has been arguably the greatest act of political irresponsibility in our history. 

He blames subsidies and carbon taxes for causing the problem. And ind is not the solution, it is part of the problem.

So mad is this policy of “double-up all round” that it is driving even the largest and most efficient power station in the country, Drax, capable of supplying seven per cent of all the power we use, to switch from burning coal to wood chips, imported 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from the US. And how has the Government forced Drax to do this? By giving it a subsidy on wood chips that doubles the value of its electricity, while putting an increasingly prohibitive tax on coal.

This is all insane in so many ways that one scarcely knows where to begin, except to point out that, even if our rulers somehow managed to subsidise firms into spending £100 billion on all those wind farms they dream of, they will still need enough new gas-fired power stations to provide back-up for all the times when the wind isn’t blowing, at the very time when the carbon tax will soon make it uneconomical for anyone to build them.

Subsidies distort the market and cause idiot business decisions that are ironically unsustainable in the future.

So we are doomed to see Britain’s lights going out, all because the feather-headed lunatics in charge of our energy policy still believe that they’ve got to do something to save the planet from that CO2-induced global warming which this weekend has been covering much of the country up to a foot deep in snow. Meanwhile, the Indians are planning to build 455 new coal-fired power stations which will add more CO2 to the atmosphere of the planet every week than Britain emits in a year.

Thank you, David Cameron, leader of “the greenest government ever”. Thank you, Ed Miliband, father of the Climate Change Act, the most expensive suicide note in history. Between you, you seem determined to switch off our lights, lock the door and throw away the key. We owe you more than we can say.

And yet as the world cools the idiots are still calling it global warming.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Spoke to brother in law last night, it’s snowing in LARGE bucket fulls in London. I this age of global warming!!

    • Mediaan

      You have a brother in law handily located in London? Well done! The ideal family would have members living in each of the world’s most expensive cities, for future couch-surfing purposes.

      • johnbronkhorst

        sarcasm isn’t your strong suit is it. He happens to live in Clapham, 100m from Clapham South tube station.

        • Mediaan

          Not being British, sorry, the Clapham bit is only a vaguely-heard word to me. I forget the British are so sensitive. I genuinely meant it, as these families with a this relative in New York and a that relative in Fukuoka or France or Finland are to be envied, for me as for any kiwi sick of hotel bills.

          Ideally, a family would contain all key occupational groups, too, as a relative of mine used to say. A good butcher, an architect, an accountant, a builder, would be useful.

          I certainly took in your main point, about the snow, too. A bit of a BBC World watcher, me. Quite tough for them after a long British winter.

  • kohibruce

    The lesson is that development of the energy supply industry should not be distorted by direct government subsidies or internal cross subsidies from companies’ profitable lines of business. Solid Energy is one local example of an SOE that cross subsidized diversification and is not alone in suffering the impacts of unforeseen increases in energy supply and reduced value of energy. Partial privatization of Solid Energy is too little and too late.

  • cows4me

    Where are our fearless leaders, still trying to ram this crap down our throats. I guess one could accuse them of been thick but I suspect it’s just another excuse to take as much wealth as they can. The country is sinking in debt and it appears the only solution is to sink us further into the shit hole that is socialism by blindly bowing to this green horseshit. The poms lost the plot years ago and their country is a basket case run by left wing fucktards and those to stupid to know any better. Why oh why must our leaders follow down the same path.

  • thor42

    Germany is going to be in REALLY deep shite too.

    They’re trying to phase out their nuclear power plants.


    • Mediaan

      Yeah, the Japanese are so thrilled they built Fukushima.

  • Mediaan

    “Subsidies distort the market and cause idiot business decisions …”

    Well said, thank you.

  • Mediaan

    Maybe we should all be wearing black armbands to mark the death at a palatial British county home of Boris Berezovsky, hated enemy of some in the Kremlin, billionaire beneficiary of the early nineties USSR oil assets grab, close friend of the Russian who died in a London hospital a couple of years ago from radiation poisoning.

    Boris Berezovsky recently slipped on his bathroom floor and died. (Yeah, right.)