Quite so Your Grace, quite so

This is the inevitable consequence of handing over control of a key industry to politicians. It is planning that is the problem, not the solution.

9 thoughts on “Quite so Your Grace, quite so”

  1. See the E U Referendum blog (several months) passim.

    Cameroon’s Blulabour gang are spending approx. 1 thousand million of our money on lining up lots and lots of small diesel units (more polluting and expensive than ordinary coal/gas/nuclear) to ensure that a wind/solar power blackout will not happen. For obvious reasons. So I would question Brogan’s line that only foreign power can save us.

    This should not be taken as any sort of approval of Blulabours wasteful antics–we should be building conventional–or better yet nuclear–power stations and bollocks to green madness.

  2. Yup, today’s EU Referendum (8/10/13) spells out the maths. As Mr North says, its astonishing that the journalists don’t have a clue about this, Its simple research and as Mr Ecks says its already been well covered in Mr Norths blog.

  3. The period of disconnect between reality and the stories on Richard’s blog is getting shorter. A few years ago his unravelling of immigration, crime, local govt ‘fund-raising’ abuses, Iraq and Afghan military mistakes, we’re taking anything up to five years to be noticed or reported in the MSM. Now it’s sometimes only months.

    He’s been proved right again and again. Extraordinary when you think that one man, working in room up North, with zero budget, breaks all the stories the MSM can’t, and manages to fact-check the rest.

  4. We can’t import more power – both the French and Dutch interconnectors have been near full stretch importing power for some months now. See here, right hand columns.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Given the comprehensive failure of the Baby Boomer generation to be half the men their ancestors were, I think that Brown Outs are a best-case scenario. It will concentrate minds.

    The bottom line is that the God of the Copy Book Headings is coming back and we had better be ready to listen. If we suffer a little power outage and learn, that is better than, say, suffering a financial meltdown a la Greece.

  6. we should be building conventional–or better yet nuclear–power station

    Nah. If you take the starting point that there’s a crisis looming in the timescale that Brogan claims, nuclear is useless too, because it takes a decade for a plant to come online.

    What will actually happen, as any fule kno, is that enough of old plants that required to keep the lights on will stay open (probably fewer than the scaremongers are claiming), and the government/taxpayer will pay whatever fines are incurred as a result.

    This is the great thing about not having an intentionally dysfunctional system like the US one: any crisis which is solely about parliament having passed silly regulations can immediately be solved by parliament unbinding itself.

  7. @john b If we get a repeat of the 100-year cold record of 20010/11, the crisis 10 weeks away. Not enough time to reverse-decommission & refuel. Add in the novel problems of integrating all those diesel generators into the grid, freezing continentals hanging onto their juice, and a Murphy’s Law station outage and we may well see greenouts.

  8. So if something of which there’s a 1% chance happens, and something else unlikely happens, and something else unlikely happens, then the UK might see greenouts. Oh noes!

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