25 July 2010

Huhne's energy policy

Let's assume that Christopher Huhne, the LibDem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is not an imbecile. If he is not, which obviously some would dispute, then why is he claiming that a massive increase in heavily subsidized wind turbines will meet the baseload (note that word) energy short-fall that Britain will face when it closes its aging fossil-fuel generating plants?

Even optimally located wind turbines deliver at best twenty percent of their design capacity (report here). And they often deliver none at all, as when they totally failed to deliver during the coldest days last winter. The only non fossil-fuel energy generation option that can possibly make up for the impending baseload deficiency is nuclear.

And Huhne has ruled out subsidies for a new generation of nuclear power plants.

So, still clinging to the concept that he is not an imbecile, what is his agenda? It would appear that he has totally bought into the gospel according to the "deep" eek!-o-freak Amory Lovins, whose view is that "It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it."

The idea is to force people to use energy sparingly by reducing supply and raising the cost. As for the massive hit it will inflict on the economy, reducing tax revenues while increasing unemployment and all the social pathologies that go with it, the elderly who will freeze to death, and so on - well, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, can you?

You don't have to scratch very deep below the veneer of "saving the planet" to find the drooling lust for genocidal social engineering that lies beneath.

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