Lack of Environment

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Nuclear, wind and wave power chiefs in joint appeal on green energy

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I have been very critical of the UK’s Coalition Government recently – and I am particularly concerned about the completely opposing views of Energy Secretary (John Hayes) and Climate Change Minister (Ed Davey).  However, I am clearly not the only one who is concerned…  As is made clear by this very significant article published on the website of The Independent newspaper on Monday:

The leaders of Britain’s nuclear, wind and tidal industries today put aside years of mutual suspicion and antipathy with an unprecedented joint appeal to ministers not to abandon their commitment to combat climate change…

John Hayes really needs to stop basing what he says on the completely discredited views of people like Lord Lawson and Christopher Monckton and start paying attention instead to what actual scientists say.

It is also good to see that Greenpeace may be willing to abandon its axiomatic rejection of nuclear power generation. However, I remain bemused as to why Dr Amory Lovins’ assertion (in Reinventing Fire) that we could survive on renewables alone is not taken seriously…

It is good to see unanimity in the face of Government duplicity.  However, Carbon Capture ans Storage (CCS) is just fossil fuel industry propaganda to provide an excuse to keep burning fossil fuels. We may need the technology to help prevent an ecological catastrophe but, CCS should not be used as an excuse to perpetuate the insanity of burning all fossil fuels simply because they are there. Humanity must exercise some self-restraint and leave some fossil fuels in the ground. If we do not, our civilisation will go the same way as all those that have previously disappeared because they failed to respect the fact that their environment had a finite capacity to cope with the scale of their activities.

Since we now know this, failure to modify our behaviour will be the ultimate human folly.

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  1. I also like Dr Lovins’ idea, but one has to admit that the objective chances of that happening are slim to none. A rapid reduction in fossil fuel usage (while Asia keeps on growing) will require massive reductions in energy use in the West and, well, I’m afraid that our current cultural/economic mindset makes the required large scale reductions in consumption and the widespread focus on energy efficiency downright impossible.

    Cheap and abundant energy is therefore a complete prerequisite and I’m afraid that this is not going to come from solar and wind within the required timeframe – not even close. I think I posted these links on LfD some time ago, but I wrote two pages to outline the great challenges facing renewables which you might find interesting: http://oneinabillionblog.com/laws/the-second-law-of-thermodynamics/ and http://oneinabillionblog.com/laws/additional-challenges-facing-renewable-energy/. I think this information is an essential part of the objective reality required to successfully build our planet’s energy future.

    Schalk

    8 November 2012 at 15:36

  2. And the race for fracked gas has dangers unanticipated by most as raised in this article In Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath, Fracking Adds to Headaches to add to all the other problems with this dangerous process.

    Lionel A

    8 November 2012 at 18:12

    • Thanks Lionel. That is, then, yet another incidence of the Law of Unintended Consequences…

      Martin Lack

      9 November 2012 at 13:46


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