Winter blackouts ought to bury Ed Miliband

Dear The Tories,

Not that I think you deserve my advice, but here it is.

If the lights go out this winter, you should draw a line directly from that back to Ed Miliband and his Climate Change Act.

This weekend there was a huge fire at the Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire. This has had knock on consequences for the security of electricity supply for this country through the coming winter. So say experts.

Now, unfortunately, the links I originally posted on my blog are now behind various paywalls, but the head of the National Grid warned in 2008 of electricity shortages by 2015, as did the MD of nPower. In 2009, a professor of Energy policy at Oxford University chimed in, as did EOn and EDF in a article on the cover of The Economist, as OFGEM also had their say.

So it’s fair to say that the writing has been on the wall now for quite sometime, and that the coalition government has singularly failed to get to grips with the issue.

Nevertheless, the lunacy of the EU and the other-worldly meddling Ed Miliband –  “The most expensive man ever” – has lead directly to potentially catastrophic consequences.

Now, it’s all well and good for well heeled Tristans and Jocastas to wail about climate change and saving the bloody polar bear, but frankly, that all needs to be secondary to keeping the lights on.

More than keeping the lights on, in fact. Keeping the heat on, in homes where vulnerable elderly people and children live. Keeping offices and factories running so that companies who employ tens of millions of people are kept going. Keeping running the computers on which our entire national infrastructure and economy hang.

The man responsible for this perilous situation in which we find ourselves could be handed the keys to 10 Downing Street next May. This would be thanks to the broken electoral system that he has managed to fall into, with help from the quisling 5th columnist of the Lib Dems, and to postal votes which his party have unceasingly continued to exploit as easily corruptible, particularly in the hands of untouchable minority communities of which Labour are – understandably so fond.

But it would also be thanks to the Tories being such an unspeakably useless, spineless, cowardly bunch of fuckwits.

So get your shit together, Tories, or we’ll all be even more fucked than we already are.

AJ

UPDATE: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (really!) has just made its minister a hostage to fortune. Happily, that minister is the egregious and deluded socialist shitbag Ed Davey:

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UPDATE 2: I hate citing the Daily Mail, but http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2798338/labour-leader-ed-miliband-s-pledge-freeze-energy-bills-comes-power-contributed-3bn-shortfall-investment-energy-sector.html 

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That said, when anyone refers to a ‘hate-filled rag full of lunatic opinions’ I always think of The Guardian before The Mail

What DK said

The IPSA thing rolls on.

I’ve said my piece. Obo has kept the flame alight.

DK steps up to the crease to open the third innings, with style and alacrity.

He responds to a pretty lame cri de coeur relayed by Tory Boy*.

Perhaps these morons could try the old “oh, I couldn’t work out how to do it” on HMRC and see what the reaction is? It would be something along the lines of “you owe us a £100 surcharge plus 10% interest for every day that you fail to submit. Oh, and stop fucking whining about it, twatface.” Which, coincidentally, is pretty much what my response to this IPSA debacle is.

I say, more power to IPSA’s elbow: make these MPs suffer and maybe—just maybe—these people will stop trying to tie the rest of us up in bureaucratic knots. And even if they don’t, at least they’ll be having a miserable time.

Do read the whole thing, and admire DK’s ability to make the post stand up without invoking Tom Harris.

While you’re at it, read DK’s take on Chris Huhne’s fuckwitted energy policy. It reflects my view very well indeed.

AJ

* He loves it so

The penny finally drops

I pointed this out on 26 October 2008 and 5 May 2009.

Someone has finally pointed the elephant out.

Better late than never I suppose.

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Analysts for Saturn Energy calculated that a fuel duty of up to 10p a mile would be required to pay for the extra demand which will be created if the Government’s targets on renewable energy are hit.

The Climate Change Committee has said that 1.7 million electric cars should be on Britain’s roads by 2020.

The firm’s experts said the National Grid was already struggling to provide enough power for Britain’s needs and urgent modernisation was required to boost capacity to provide for the needs of any surge in the number of electric cars.

The firm also said that electricity should cost "about the same as petrol", which is certain to deter those motorists who are shifting to electric cars to try to save money on driving.

Critics of electric cars have cited research which appears to show that such vehicles are only half as efficient as diesel engines, once the environmental cost of traditional power generation is taken into account.

Well I’ll be damned.

AJ

Today in total and utter fuckups

… we introduce civil servants to the term ‘due diligence’ – something we find quite handy in the commercial world.

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In an extremely critical report, the Public Accounts Committee attacked the Government’s failure to get a guarantee from EDF that it would build nuclear stations without subsidy when selling its 36pc stake in January 2009 for £4.4bn.

The cross-party group of MPs, which holds government spending to account, criticised the “systemic weakness” at the heart of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and its approach to risk that could cause “serious liabilities to fall to the public purse”.

Ah yes – the DECC, as run by Ed Bonzodogdoodahband. The useless twat.

“Given that there is a clear risk that EDF will not build them, with or without such subsidy, the Department needs to say sooner rather than later how the country’s increasing energy demands would be met under those circumstances,” said Edward Leigh MP, chairman of the committee.

“It is of concern, to say the least, that the Department does not know how much nuclear generating capacity will be needed to meet our future energy needs.”

The committee was “not convinced” by the Government’s reliance on the market to deliver investment in nuclear power and renewable energy, he added.

“When selling strategically important assets, like its stake in British Energy, the Department should carry out systematic and timely assessments of risk,” Mr Leigh said.

Quite.

Still, I expect they’ll all have a bloody good laugh when it turns, out in 3 years time, that the Tories can’t afford to get any of the required nuclear generating capacity built, because (French state owned) EDF have shafted us.

Buy diesel generators.

AJ

Merde du jour

I had a whole bunch of stories I wanted to blog about, but then I had to go and do some fucking work, which impressed me not a jot.

So, here’s what I had lined up for today:

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Which is rather contrary to the weaselly claims he made at PMQs on Wednesday.

Next, who gives a fuck about this?

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I have absolutely no idea why this shit is still illegal in this country. Fucking puritans.

As for vice cops – Captain Buzzkill one and all – lowest of all cops. And that’s low. Once again, I refer you to the honourable Doug Stanhope.

Talking of cops…

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There are plenty of non-public sector blogs for children and hokey old women who like to anthropomorphise animals. That is all.

I’d rather you just concentrated on not melting the dogs to death in your cars, chaps.

In old news recycled:

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Ofgem reported on this yesterday?

Perhaps they’d have saved themselves 12 months by just reading some blogs and newspapers. After all, some of us have been concerned about this for a while now. Or maybe it just took them 6 months to remove the swearing from my blog posts.

Indeed – the front page of The Economist looked like this last August:

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Concerning.

More concerning, though, is this:

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Read that carefully, click through and digest. By many measures, we’re not in much better shape than Greece. We could end up in the same boat as them if our sovereign debt is downgraded this year.

So, perhaps the fact that we’re not in the Eurozone is the only thing standing between the us and ‘special measures’ imposed by Brussels, including a budget imposed by the ECB.

Next – the shock. The Sherlock. The meh.

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No fucking surprise when you look at what our society has become – divided, spiteful, shallow, avaricious, covetous, resentful, expensive, dirty, violent – and what our state has become – overweaning, overtaxing, under-delivering, deceitful, fraudulent, war-mongering, fear-mongering, risk-averse, bullying, nagging and judgemental.

Errr.. that’s it for now. If there’s anyone I didn’t mention, they’re all nobheads too.

AJ

Light bulb: £30

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What a fucking breakthrough. £30 will buy you a light bulb that’s as good as a fucking 60p bulb.

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Ahhh.. but there’s good news too!

The special bulb is the first environmentally-friendly product which is able to give the same quality and light as a normal 60-watt traditional bulb.

The manufactures, Pharox, say the LED bulb will pay for itself within three years because it costs just 88p annually to run, and lasts for up to 25 years

Up to 25 years you say? Well, I suppose 3 years is up to 25 years. Weasel words. Hmmm. Later in the arsticle:

Mr Otten said his bulbs will last for around 25 years or longer if used for four hours a day.

Well, I’ve got two things to say at this point:

Firstly, the compact flourescent blubs we are being forced to use are neither a bright as claimed, nor do they last as long as is claimed. The EU admitted as much.

The European Union recently admitted energy saving light bulbs are not as bright as their traditional counterparts and claims about the amount of light they produce are "exaggerated".

Secondly, I’m gonna guess that these £30-light-bulb-guys are going to need to raise big venture capital to be able to produce these bulbs en masse. Here’s what every VC is going to say to them:

“And what do we do after everyone has a house full of these bulbs? Sit tight for TWENTY FUCKING FIVE YEARS until they need some more?”

So the VC will give them money on the understanding that they reduce the longevity & durability of these bulbs so that they have to be replaced every 3-5 years. Aside from getting the capital to take these bulbs to a bigger market, this would have two immediate effects:

A) That’s the cost-benefit analysis blown out of the water of there’s a 3 year payback period and a 3-5 year lifespan.

B) Has anyone looked at the dust-to-dust cost of these things in terms of energy to produce, right from mining whatever semiconductors are used, through casting, building, shipping, packaging and disposal? I reckon there’d be a huge impact once the (never gonna get funding) 25 year bulb idea is blown out of the water.

And the article contains a superb twisting of language from a journalist seemingly born to govern.

The new bulb could offer a ray of hope to consumers upset by the EU ban on old-fashioned high-watt bulbs which forces them to opt for energy-saving models, most of which are compact fluorescents bulbs, which normally take longer to reach full brightness.

Let the mongnitive dissonance commence.

AJ

Wot the Slug said…

Power station protest idiocy

So swampy and his chums are still at it.

In my not-so-humble opinion, trying to shut down a power station is bordering on evil.  I can imagine that anyone with friends or family in a hospital local to that station, would be of the attitude that any protestors there deserve whatever beating they get. Fucking with people’s power supply is stupid, potentially dangerous, and probably the best way to alienate the rest of the population in terms of persuasion.

In point of fact, don’t hospitals have UPS & generators for critical equipment? If not they’d better start thinking about it because rolling power cuts will be the norm in 5-6 years time thanks to a combination of the EU and the greenies. Anyway…

Given that their stated mission was to break in and "stop power production"  I have very little sympathy with any protestors taking part who may have been hurt, and frankly they don’t even have the excuse that it was a legitimate protest – they went in order to commit a criminal act of vandalism.

Do read on

AJ

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