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TURNING OUT THE LIGHTS…

By David Vance On March 24th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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Excellent article here by Chris Booker flagging up the extraordinary dangers we face from an energy policy driven by eco chimeras;

‘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.

‘Three more events last week brought home again just what a mad bubble of make-believe these people are living in. Under the EU’s Large Combustion Plants Directive, we lost two more major coal-fired power stations, Didcot A and Cockenzie, capable of contributing no less than a tenth to our average electricity demands. We saw a French state-owned company, EDF, being given planning permission to spend £14 billion on two new nuclear reactors in Somerset, but which it says it will only build, for completion in 10 years’ time, if it is guaranteed a subsidy that will double the price of its electricity. Then, hidden in the small print of the Budget, were new figures for the fast-escalating tax the Government introduces next week on every ton of CO2 emitted by fossil-fuel-powered stations, which will soon be adding billions of pounds more to our electricity bills every year.

Within seven years this new tax will rise to £30 a ton, and by 2030 to £70 a ton, making it wholly uneconomical to generate any more electricity from the coal and gas-fired power stations that last week were still supplying two thirds of our electricity.’

What does this all mean? One day, soon, the lights will go out. In the meantime, you will pay more,  and all because of a political failure to confront eco-lunacy.

OUT GO THE LIGHTS…

By David Vance On February 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

For years now, successive UK governments have failed to act decisively and build new nuclear power stations to meet our energy needs. They are also shilly-shallying when it comes to fracking and THIS is the inevitable consequence of listening to the siren voices from the eco-wacko front;

“Consumers are being warned they face higher energy bills as the UK becomes more reliant on energy imports. In a speech, Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanan will say that falls in Britain’s power production capacity are likely to lead to more energy imports and customers paying more. The energy watchdog predicts power station closures could mean a 10% fall in capacity by April alone.”

When those ever rising energy bills arrive on your doormat, when the lights go out, thank Gaia AND those who worship her.

THE SOLAR SCAM….

By David Vance On January 12th, 2013 at 10:38 am

As we all know, the only thing that is “green” about greenies is their gullability;

Ed Miliband’s controversial scheme to encourage homeowners to install solar panels and wind  turbines is set to cost families an extra £1billion in higher bills, figures reveal.  Subsidies for solar panels rose 14-fold last year as individuals and businesses piled into the scheme, criticised as being a licence to print money. The payments, funded by a levy on electricity bills, jumped from £9.2million in 2010/11 to £128.3million in 2011/12, according to figures compiled by energy regulator Ofgem.

Well, what’s an extra BILLION when you are in a recession, right? Don’t get me wrong, I approve of solar panels and have them on my own house but I do not agree with this subsidy business. Those who make this tech should be able to supply it at a cost people will pay – simple as that. The subsidy drives inefficiency and possible greed. But Miliband struggles with economics at so many levels. This is just one more wheeze in the windmills of his fabian mind and with as much substance as a breeze.

CONFIRMED: WIND FARMS DAMAGE HEALTH

By Pete Moore On November 4th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Wind farm noise causes “clear and significant” damage to people’s sleep and mental health, according to the first full peer-reviewed scientific study of the problem […] More than a quarter of participants in the group living near the turbines said they had been medically diagnosed with depression or anxiety since the wind farm started. None of the participants in the group further away reported such problems.

So 100% of scientific studies are agreed that wind farms damage mental health, cause depression and anxiety and cause people to lose sleep. Regardless of their propensity to chop up birds and produce little energy, this alone is sufficient evidence to bring every one of them crashing down.

In other news, Britain is sitting on even more shale gas than previously thought. But you just know we’ll be denied what’s cheap and plentiful, don’t you? You already know that the expensive, inefficient and harmful way will be imposed on us, don’t you? If you think otherwise, just you wait and see.

ENERGY

By David Vance On October 18th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I will be on BBC Radio 5 Live at 10.30pm this evening debating this issue;

David Cameron has insisted energy firms will be compelled to give customers “the lowest tariff” as he sought to clear up confusion over energy policy. The exact details of how this will be achieved, in next month’s Energy Bill, have yet to be decided. But Downing Street claims consumer groups and energy firms SSE and EVO support the policy.

My view? Cameron is talking nonsense.

If you “compel” energy firms to provide “the lowest tariff” then you essentially remove the FUNDAMENTAL need to compete! It creates a price cartel with no incentive for any provider to seek to provide an even better deal! This is a wonderful instance of the law of unintended consequences. When the State intrudes on matters of free competition, it makes matter worse!

There is also the additional proposition that it is up to the Energy Consumer to shop around and find the tariff that suits them best, NOT for the State to try and impose it’s will!

It is said that about 10% of our energy costs have been put in place by Government pandering to the Green lobby. How about Cameron cuts THAT wasteful cost and saves us ALL money?

Labour’s opportunistic criticism of Cameron would carry more credibility if it has not presided over more than a decade of Energy companies complicating the tariff structure. Where was Caroline Flint when THAT was happening?

The bottom line is that when politicians seek to determine how much we pay for ANYTHING, we end up paying more. If they can tell you how much you will pay for energy, what next …food?

PUMP IT UP…

By David Vance On March 26th, 2012 at 8:20 am

Is the UK about to see the Army deliver fuel to petrol stations?

Army drivers are being trained to deliver fuel to petrol stations in case of a possible strike by tanker drivers. The Unite union is balloting on industrial action, saying there have been “unrelenting attacks” on drivers’ terms and conditions. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the government had “learnt the lessons” of the past and stood “ready to act” in case of a walkout. Unite said the government should be putting pressure on oil companies.

Our economy and indeed our daily lives runs on ready access to fuel. Take that away and the country comes grinding to a halt. That, of course, is exactly what Unite what to see. They are all about division and chaos, as one might expect from such a militant and selfish trade union.

Meanwhile the Petrol Retailers’ Association which represents around 5,500 forecourts and its chairman, Brian Madderson, said he did not think the government was prepared for a strike.

He told the BBC: “We have had no word from the Department of Energy and Climate Change whatsoever. “So we have not been asking our members to keep their stocks at a high level. “We just haven’t heard anything from the Department of Energy at all.”

If these drivers think they can hold the country to ransom they should be sent the clear message that this will not pass. Unite are continually looking for ways to confront the Coalition and this is but the latest wheeze.

THE CARBON FOOTPRINT SCAM

By David Vance On March 20th, 2012 at 9:35 am

As you know, Green Taxes are just another means of extorting cash from us. The “saving the planet” veneer is window dressing since there can be no connection between taxation and the global climate!

Ministers were accused of saddling consumers with pointless green taxes last night – as new figures revealed surging imports from developing countries that rely on ‘dirty’ power. Successive governments have boasted that a cocktail of green taxes and expensive wind farms has helped to curb carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming. But new official figures reveal that Britain’s so-called ‘carbon footprint’ has increased by 20 per cent in the last two decades as we import ever more from developing countries like China that rely on dirty coal-fired power stations.

So, our carbon footprint increases along with out taxes. What to do?

I can already see the lightbulbs going on in the minds of the eco-fantasists. Tax more! Of course. Oh, and turn the lights out!

I have a better idea. How about we forget all about this carbon footprint lunacy, develop a much more comprehensive UK nuclear energy infrastructure and ensure we import as little energy needs as possible?

WHY DO GREENIES WANT TO KILL PEOPLE?

By Pete Moore On December 11th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The wind energy industry has admitted that 1,500 accidents and other incidents have taken place on wind farms over the past five years.

The figures – released by RenewableUK, the industry’s trade body – include four deaths and a further 300 injuries to workers.

So, that makes wind vastly more dangerous than nuclear power. As Timmy says, when you measure deaths per unit of power produced, it’s even worse.

IN THE WINDMILLS OF HIS MIND…

By David Vance On November 24th, 2011 at 9:18 am

The eco-wackery that lies at the heart of this Coalition Government will cost us all BIG TIME. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has decreed that we shall pay less in household energy costs in 9 years time. How…

Chris Huhne's prediction means that people would have to cut electricity use by a third

Note..”have to…”mmmm.

We are being trundled along to a point where we either pay vast amounts MORE for energy, or we gain Mr Huhne’s imaginary savings by switching the lights and the power off.

GREEN DREAMS UP IN SMOKE

By David Vance On October 19th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Poor old Energy and Climate Change  Secretary Chris Huhne, reality keeps getting in the way of his green dreams, even when they are offered a £1 BILLION  subsidy;

Plans for the UK’s first carbon capture project at the Longannet power station in Fife have been scrapped, the energy secretary has confirmed. Chris Huhne announced the failure to reach a “deal” with power companies to capture carbon dioxide emissions at the plant and pipe them under the sea.

Mr Huhne blamed problems with the length of pipeline needed. But he said the government hoped other schemes could work, indicating interest at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Mr Huhne told BBC Scotland interest had been expressed by Scottish and Southern Energy, which operates Peterhead, and he was confident a carbon capture and storage scheme could be brought online for the £1bn which the UK government had been offering to develop the CCS technology.

Yes, sure. They said the same nonsense about Longannet. Truth is, it ain’t happening!