Energy Crisis? Flooding?
I don't know about you, but I can't help wondering,
why it is that us humans are so good at being so blasé about the fact
that we are on the verge of a really serious energy crisis within the next
10 years or so.
We seem to just sit around and hope that somehow we
will get by in our oil economy, relying on "so called" politically
unstable countries for the vast majority of our oil and gas.
Don't you think
it is about time to admit that we need to do something right now, rather
than waging war on oil rich countries and pulling in gas from Eastern
Europe and other places, we should be looking at using the money and
effort involved to become as self sustaining as we can possibly be.
example: some analysts are saying that gas prices are set to increase by
28% on last year, and when a large percentage of our electricity is being
generated by imported gas which we have no real control over, and with
much of the electricity in the UK is produced using gas and so increases
in gas prices result in similar increases in electricity prices.
So what's the answer?
Well.. For a start we could vastly reduce the use of
gas to fuel electricity generating power stations, we could then use
the reserves of gas we have left for the domestic market (cooking etc)
just importing very small amounts if needed.
Secondly and most importantly, we could push at a level
never seen before to provide renewable and sustainable forms of energy
production, including: bio-gas, wind, solar/pv, wave, bio-mass, hydrogen
fuel cell, bio diesel, etc, etc, the list goes on.
It seems to me that putting
all our energy eggs in 1 or 2 energy baskets, which are mainly imported
and unreliable, non-sustainable and environmentally un-friendly is
Is it any wonder then, that at a time like this, when
we just sit back and wait for the next energy crisis to happen, (because
we are not brave enough to take on the renewable's challenge) that we
see rain and flooding on a scale not seen for decades ...coincidence,
or just a consequence of our CO2 emitting fossil fuel economy that is
about to go into crisis itself...
The writings on the wall.