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Readers’ comments: A prescription for killing the old and weak

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In response to Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Save gas – sack this numpty,

Lunar Tick wrote:

Here are a few facts that are quite chilling (literally). The UK National Grid’s maximum peak capacity stands at around 61 Gigawatthrs. The peak domestic demand supplied from gas and oil-fired boilers – eg when coming home after work on a cold winter’s night – is 145 Gigawatthrs. That means the the National Grid can supply only 42 per cent of the heating and cooking demand at peak times. Which means if there is no gas/oil/coal central heating, 60 per cent of the nation will have to endure unheated houses for at least part of the evening.

Now add to that the fact that the government is planning to get rid of all perfectly functioning gas and coal power stations by 2050.

Now add to that the fact that demand for electricity will also skyrocket by 2035 as electric vehicles become compulsory and domestic non-heating demands more than double.

Cretinous lunacy doesn’t even begin to describe this government’s green policy.

D. A. Christianson replied:

Now add to that that when a grid goes down from overload it takes seconds – it’s all automatic, and it cascades. It’s likely to be not 60 per cent but close to 100 per cent, and can you imagine London without electricity? Because putting it back together will take somewhere between hours and days, sometimes weeks. It’s a prescription for killing the old and the weak.

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