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Reader’s comment: Energy self-sufficiency is beneath our feet

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In response to Harry Wilkinson: We must turn off the Russian gas tap and get fracking, Ravenscar wrote:

‘Back to the fields, boys.’

Burning gas to generate electricity is one of the, if not quite the, original sin.

Waste: it is estimated that instead of pumping gas directly into homes and industry, burning (methane) natural gas to turn generators loses up to 33 per cent, maybe as high as 50 per cent when transmission losses are taken into account. Then, relying on windmills, solar (what a joke), interconnectors and the vicissitudes of the Russian supply pipeline is arrant political lunacy. Energy policy, they name it – it is a shameful, a deliberate disregard of UK energy security and therefore leaves us, consumers and industry alike, all too vulnerable to threats of supply interruption from all sorts of dodgy regimes, not least the Russian Bear.

The most efficient way to derive base load reliable electrical energy from fossil fuel sources is to burn coal – everybody, every nation in the world seems to understand this very well, particularly in China and India. Strangely, we used to comprehend it well here in the UK, that is until the myth of the great green scam was put about and our political claque swallowed the chimera of man-made warming so completely, so naively.

There are estimated to be trillions of tons of coal under the bed of the North Sea, Britain floats on a potential ocean of gas in the shale plays of the Bowland Sequence, underneath our feet hereabouts we sit on an estimated 250 years of coal deposits, large shale oil plays have been detected all along the South coast geology, upper Jurassic and Kimmeridge formations.

Indeed, self-sufficiency in supply is Britain’s to claim, if the will was there.

Though, very sadly and annoyingly, the political will is non-existent to exploit the riches which lie beneath our feet. The corporate, political and non-governmentalists aka the ‘green blob’ runs Britain; the green blob will run Britain into the ground and Theresa May and her fellow muppets will cheer it on.

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