For the Liberal Democrat Davey – a key speaker at the Telegraph Hay Festival, opening next week – is the greenest member of the Cabinet, if past history is anything to go by…….one of the few top politicians to have entered public affairs through the green movement…….“I have been a long-term believer in the (green) agenda,”……He was particularly influenced by Jonathon Porritt,…..
With that background how could we have expected anything sensible? Or even anything that will keep the lights on?
Reform, he says, is needed because “the current market is totally biased towards gas” and would cause many more power stations using the fuel to be built, emitting carbon dioxide and causing “massive reliance on imported gas” from unstable parts of the world.
What about shale gas? “The Spectator and the Right wing of the Tory party try to make out that shale gas is the answer, but I am afraid the evidence does not bear it out. We had Shell and Centrica into Number 10 with the Prime Minister and they were saying that if they exploited all the shale gas they think is there, we will be talking about 5 per cent of our needs, maybe 10 per cent.”
Stupid twat didn\’t even bother to ask Cuadrilla, the people who have found the damn shale gas.
And Centrica….aren\’t they the successors to British Gas? You know, the people who drilled Blackpool a couple of decades ago, said there was nothing there and then let Cuadrilla take over the licence? And, err, the people who own the contracts to import lots of high priced Russian gas, linked to the oil price? And also own several fields producing regular natural gas, the profits from which would go down if there was a shale gas boom?
And Shell? Buyers of shale projects elsewhere, likely buyers of Cuadrilla etc if only prices would come down a bit?