THE climate and energy website Carbon Brief issued a jubilant press release boasting that nearly a third of the electricity generated in the UK last year was from renewable sources: wind farms 17 per cent, solar 4 per cent and biomass 11 per cent, totalling 32 per cent.
What Carbon Brief did not disclose was that gas, 40 per cent, was essential when the wind did not blow, or that wind subsidies increase our energy bills significantly. Carbon Brief hides the fact that biomass relies on wood pellets from America and Canada shipped thousands of miles to the UK. How green is that? Replacing the CO2 sink of the felled trees takes 20 years.
More worrying is Britain’s dependence on imports of electricity to keep the lights on. At present it is 6 per cent but is forecast to be 22 per cent by 2025. All UK gas power plants are due to close by the mid-2030s so where will the electricity come from?
Around 23million British households use gas hobs, cookers, fires and boilers but these could all be phased out within 15 years, with households dumping appliances. How green is that?
Our politicians need to develop a backbone, wake up to the looming energy crisis and ignore the strident green zealots who would take the UK back to the Dark Ages.