Well, yes Mr. Lean. This is what will happen if….

This is all going on in a particularly critical area at an acutely sensitive time. Ensuring the country has enough energy is one of the most important, if unspectacular, tasks of government. And ministers face what Mr Davey calls “the biggest overhaul of our energy infrastructure for decades”, as a fifth of power stations come offline over the next 10 years. A decision on how to replace them has been repeatedly put off, and has now been delayed again following this week’s events.

If the entire conversation has been dominated by those who say we cannot have nuclear because, well, radiation, we cannot have shale because, well, yuck, in fact, we cannot have any of the things that actually work and are only allowed to install those that don\’t then yes, this is what will happen. The lights will go out.

And don\’t take it to be just a party political thing. We\’ve got the lies coming from the scientists too. No, I don\’t mean about climate change: I mean the scientists calculating how we\’re going to produce our energy.

The one that had me gasping in its audacity was the report from the Chief Scientist (I think that\’s right) which modelled two different possible outcomes.

1) Standard assumptions about future energy usage supplied by fossil fuels.

2) Half standard assumptions about future energy usage supplied by renewables.

Unsurprisingly, making half the energy was cheaper than making all of it. This was hailed as a great triumph for renewables. The actual method used in the calculations was to point out that renewables are so damn expensive that we\’d all use less energy. That is, we\’d all be driven into poverty: this is not what most of us would call a triumph.

A real scientist would present four cases, not two. Standard energy with fossils or renewables, half standard with fossil or renewables. They didn\’t: they were lying as a result.

And that\’s why we\’re in danger of having the lights go out. Not because the present government isn\’t making easy with hte subsidies: but because everyone else, yourself included Mr. Lean, has been lying through their teeth about how we solve this little problem.

11 comments on “Well, yes Mr. Lean. This is what will happen if….

  1. If the events of winter ’73/’74 proved anything it is that a government who cannot keep the lights on is a government in name only.

    Harold Wilson was re-elected (despite being the usual type of socialist), just to get the TV back on and the electric cooker working again.

    That was a bleak winter and I have no desire to return there.

  2. “…lying through their teeth about how we solve this little problem.”

    Odd. There was no problem at all until the greenies, the government, and other control freaks started lying about there being a problem.

  3. “in fact, we cannot have any of the things that actually work and are only allowed to install those that don’t ”

    I’ve never read a more succinct description of the political left’s governing motivation.

    And not just energy -

  4. The German greens have recently elected their gender-balanced leadership. It’s also politically balanced between the sub-socialist greens (who think we should all use electricitcy) and the deep greens (who think we shouldn’t be using electricity).

  5. “Ensuring the country has enough energy is one of the most important, if unspectacular, tasks of government. ”

    I think he’s spetacularly wrong here – its not a responsibility of government to ensure any sort of energy availability.

  6. “The lights will go out” – that won’t happen, gas generated back up, plus targeted load shedding and smart metering. Its do-able, just its a cunt’s way to generate electricity.
    We could build the nukes we need, but instead we’re going to get a semi-cunts electricity grid, which is what we deserve.

  7. johnny bonk:

    ““The lights will go out” – that won’t happen, gas generated back up, plus targeted load shedding and smart metering…”

    ‘targeted load shedding and smart metering’ sounds like a posh way of saying, ‘turning the lights off’.

  8. @10 – well yes, but temporary restriction of ring main to 4amps, automatic shutdown of dishwash, washing machine, dryer, external house lighting etc etc (with advanced notice) is what it might be, they will call it “target load shedding” and its not as bad a “power cut”.

    There’s unlikely to be power cuts, though if we have cunt’s electricity then there might be “targeted load shedding”.

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