Tuesday, 1 September 2009

UK rolling power cuts more than a disgrace

The government published its Low Carbon Transition Plan in July, but only now it seems are journos reading the appendices, which admit to the need for rolling power cuts within eight years because of lack of generating capacity.

Whilst this government has flung away a trillion in Sterling in lunatic social engineering experiments over the past twelve years, it has left the nation with the infrastructure of a third world failed state. It is beyond disgrace that ministers have failed utterly to secure even a minimum energy security for the United Kingdom.

This is more than a trivial matter. This is malfeasance in public office, and ministers should face trial.

6 comments:

Weekend Yachtsman said...

In the press there is much excitement about this, comparing it with the three-day week during the traitor Heath's disastrous premiership.

The comparison is completely spurious.

The 1970's 3-day week was part of Heath's fight against the miners' union (which we've discussed on this blog before iirc). He may have been an incompetent tw*t, but he was trying to do something that needed to be done. He failed, and the job had to be completed by someone with more determination.

The current prospective blackouts are caused by the failure of NuLab to address important decisions, and indirectly by their absurd obsession with anthropogenic global warming.

Not the same thing at all.

Budgie said...

Of course Gordoom's sticky socialist mitts are all over this. He has dithered until it is almost too late.

We should to stand up to the EU and the green fascist lobby and build more coal fired power stations as a stop gap to new nuclear. The UK has coal for a century or more. We should use coal to provide a steady 25 - 30 percent of base load (not a dangerous monopoly), rather than the 10 per cent envisaged.

Tom said...

Now, what exercises my indignation on this topic is the fact that UK electrons are four times the price of French ones and twice the price of German ones.....

WTF is going on? - this simply doesn't get onto the MSM agenda - - now if they did the same for road fuel(£4/litre) - what do you think ?? Another gubmint in short order?

Anybody recall the way Enron manipulated the California electricity market by shutting plants, cancelling orders for new ones and sitting on their hands regarding capacity?

Theres a recording of a phone conversation out there between two Enron "traders" chucking about how they were going to f**k up those Californian hippies....

I'd prefer that we in the UK are simply the victims of the cosmic class screwups that are populating our civil service and politics but, well - it's not like plenty of people out here haven't been foretelling this situation for some years....

WTF is going on eh?

Nick Drew said...

have commented briefly at Dale's

the less well-known aspect is that London boroughs around the Olympic sites have been warned to prepare for selective power cuts to conserve electricity for the Olympic sites themselves ...

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"UK electrons are four times the price of French ones"

Well someone has to pay for all those windmills, you know. They don't pay for themselves!

Anonymous said...

It will NOT take 8 years.

We were very very close last winter. At one point every available set was running, wee were taking maximum capacity from the French and the pumped storage stations were being used. Only the fact that a major steelworks was shut down saved cuts then.

If we have a cold winter and/or a major breakdown there WILL be cuts this coming winter - whether the wind blows or not!