\”I think there can be no growth unless there is green growth,\” he said, stressing that population growth would put increasing pressure on finite resources such as gas, while renewable energy was a natural limitless resource. \”If we want to grow in this world, we can only grow in a green way,\” said Gummer, a Tory environment secretary in the 1990s.
The thing is, that\’s something you have to prove, not something you can assume.
Further, we have a system that warns us about resource scarcity. It\’s called \”a market\”. As any particular resource becomes more scarce the price rises and thus we quite naturally use less of it.
So, have one of these \”market\” things in energy and see which way it goes.
Reliance on gas would also leave the UK dependent on foreign imports to run the nation\’s power stations and mean that the renewable energy industry, including wave and tidal generation, would contribute less to the economy as demand fell, it has been argued.
Err, hello? Heard about that hole in Blackpool?