We were approaching Rugby and the landscape was scarred by electricity pylons. I couldn\’t stop myself from wondering aloud why we couldn\’t lay electric cabling underground to replace them. Even though she was staring at them, my companion saw nothing. She didn\’t realise that by burying electric cables we could create hundreds of rural jobs where, at the moment, there is unemployment.
We could indeed create hundreds of jobs that way. Which is why we don\’t do it of course.
Creating hundreds of jobs is a cost: burying cables costs more money than stringing them from pylons. Yes, of course, the views are better but that\’s not worth raising the cost of electricity to everyone.