As reported, there has been no change in average UK temperatures for more than two decades; the current 10-year running average temperature is no higher than it was between 1998 and 2007 at 9.4C. The UK climate remains “absolutely benign”, said GWPF director Dr Benny Peiser, adding that it was extraordinary that we are impoverishing our economy and households in a utopian attempt to achieve Net Zero at any cost, while the UK’s long term climate trends “have remained relatively stable”.
The government announced in 2021 that Britain was moving towards producing electricity without using coal after October 2024, sooner than the original 2025 deadline. It begs the question: where will providers turn when it is too hot and not windy enough in the future? Turning our backs on coal and fossil fuels before adequate alternative sources of sustainable renewable energy are available is clearly daft.
In 2021, the government began shutting down North Sea oil and gas under the North Sea Transition Deal – part of the then Prime Minister’s drive to “Build Back Better.” The off-shore extraction of fossil fuels was to be replaced by off-shore wind energy; wells closed, and jobs moved into green energy. Rough, our biggest natural storage facility, was also more or less shut down and now cannot easily be re-commissioned. To add to the problem, not a single nuclear power plant has been built in the UK since the mid-1990s. By 2030, 14 of 15 nuclear plants are scheduled to have closed with only one replacement, Hinkley Point C, to be commissioned in 2027.
We are encouraged to prepare to face a world where everything is powered by electricity and batteries. Clearly the lights will go out, battery operated cars will fail due to a lack of power and charging points. Homes and businesses, including manufacturing and food production will regularly be without power, including light, heat or air conditioning. Public transport and commercial deliveries will grind to a halt, just so we can be seen to have achieved net zero.
Shall we rely on imports of food and supplies, power and fuel? Most produced less efficiently than we produce currently and formerly on British soil and sea. There is talk about small nuclear reactors which are clearly the way forward, but very little appears to be happening. Rolls Royce should get cracking with these urgently.
Whatever one thinks of them, I believe it is time for the media and ‘social trolls’ to back off Harry, Megan, Prince Andrew and Boris. No one deserves the attacks and vitriol targeted at them, and should a tragedy occur, and one breaks under the strain, what then? None of us is perfect.