The recent freezing conditions here, through Europe and across Texas, raise important energy issues which cannot be ignored.
More than 4 million homes throughout southern Texas were without power and safe drinking water, as ice storms hit the state. This partly due to the freeze putting wind turbines out of action.
The sub-zero temperatures resulted in a surge in the demand for electricity to heat homes and businesses, operate water treatment plants, hospitals and civic buildings, as well as power up battery operated vehicles, and much else besides.
The state of Texas was in total lockdown with homes so cold that people were finding warmth in cars which resulted in the tragic death of individuals and families, due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Germany is held up as the world’s wind and solar capital. As the wind turbines froze solid and millions of solar panels were rendered useless as they were covered in snow, the country had to rely on natural gas and nuclear power to keep the lights on.
It is worth noting that a constant supply of electricity from the grid is used to heat the internal workings of wind turbines so they don’t freeze up! Really?
It would be ironic if not so serious to see helicopters which are running on fossil fuel, spraying chemicals made from fossil fuels onto wind turbines made with fossil fuels, during the ice storms.
Most of this winter German’s approx.30, 000 wind turbines have been largely out of action. In a world 100% reliant on green energies, this would result in near 100% darkness.
Fortunately for them, Germany’s existing coal and nuclear power infrastructure is still there to step in and keep the lights on, and the country operating.
As Germany runs helter skelter towards the ‘green’ ideology, there are warnings that in the future they will increasingly need to rely on natural gas from Russia, coal power from Poland and nuclear from France.
Should the UK become equally reliant on other countries, some hostile, for our energy and power?
Global warming is of course an issue but if we are in for hot dry summers with little wind to power the wind turbines as happened last summer, we should perhaps be taking note of he scientists warnings that the winters will become increasingly colder and more extreme.
It would therefore surely be unwise to rely entirely upon the UK’s electricity supply to be generated solely by ‘green’ wind and solar power.
Before it is too late the government should consider the age old saying: don’t burn your bridges.
If all vehicles; including ambulances, police cars, army tanks, personnel carriers, delivery trucks, agricultural machinery, public transport and private vehicles have to rely on electricity to charge their batteries, the country could metaphorically and practically speaking, grind to a complete halt.
The whole question as to what powers Britain should be revisited. Those with common sense must be given the task to come up with the right answers. They will no doubt recommend a balance between nuclear, shale and natural gas, coal, oil and green energy.
We all wish to leave the planet for our children and future generations in a better state than we inherited it. However, beware unrealistic goals, and the folly of ignoring the hidden damage much of the ‘so called’ green agenda is already wreaking on the planet.