I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read these articles in the Independent today (HERE) and (HERE) In these articles the outgoing head of OfGem moans about the looming "Energy Gap" and inevitable price hikes that are on their way. Evidently, we are now so far down the road the only option we have to potentially avert the crisis is to build gas plant using expensive imported gas.
Dare I point out that I first blogged about this in 2010 ( HERE ) and I was a long way from being the first. In the industry this has been an issue for the last 10 years. Both of the last governments (but particularly the last Labour administration) are guilty of letting this drift. Due to the time scales the looming energy supply catastrophe can only now be potentially offset by gas - whatever the cost.
That AND possibly keeping old and decrepit coal plant running.
What a state to get into.
All because vacuous politicians have preferred to pursue the fools gold of renewables and simultaneously shun new nuclear.
But nuclear companies are no different than any other large ruthless corporate entity. Worldwide today, it is a lucrative sellers market for nuclear manufacturers. So now, when we are at or past crisis point the politico's are being held to ransom. The nuclear companies are demanding their pound of flesh. What a turn around.
We are told that "power cuts are unlikely" This is almost certainly just more wishful thinking.
Our generation capacity is going to fall to almost parity to what is needed. Any outage is going to stretch things to breaking point. A large outage in a serious cold snap or a double break down is going to see serious and widespread blackouts.
What will the politico's do? I reckon they will try and wing it. They will hope for mild weather and no breakdowns. God help us all.
This is terrible.
All of that money! All of that national resource wasted on the useless unreliable wind. All of the prevarication and navel gazing over nuclear and shale gas. All of that "Do Nothing and Hope It goes away" attitude.
At best the end result will be a stretched and unreliable power supply dominated by ancient coal and expensive imported gas, with wind adding little but a feel good factor for the technically illiterate.
Of course there will a diminishing contribution from our old first generation nuclear plant as well.
Inevitably this is going to be forced into an ever extended lifespan and run flat-out just to save the asses of our great and good.
What a waste. What a scandal.
I hardly need to say that the deliberate palming off of horse meat as beef is illegal. Or that this deception has also been done for the worst of motives (i.e -.a quick and dirty profit).
So my next question is: What else has gone into the mincer?
If these criminals can get away with passing off a completely different animal species as beef how many thousands of sub standard or condemned cattle carcasses have also been processed?
Bearing in mind this was a criminal activity, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find meat that was actually unfit for pet-food (let alone people) got put into the mincer as well.
Clearly the European inspection process has been cursory or non existent. After all this suspect beef was actually from the WRONG species. Any inspection process that misses that must be a farce.
Look at a parallel with the drugs trade (both legal and illegal).
Alcohol is strictly regulated. People may die from over consumption but not from illegal additives.
Compare that to the illegal drug trade. Anything and everything gets added to bolster the drug dealers profit. Money is the only focus. The health of the drug takers is of no concern.
The difference between a criminal dealing in drugs and one dealing in suspect meat is paper thin.
Anyone who believes the pathetic government spin that this crime was simply a matter of packet mis-labelling is living in a dream world.
No, I am not going to belatedly go on about Huhne and his last minute switch to a guilty plea. Instead I will simply refer you to This Post over at Fenbeagles blog. While you are there have a look at Fenbeagle's blog in it's entirety. This guy's creative flair and cutting satire is awesome. Go there and enjoy.