Tuesday, 26 February 2013

UK MEDIA DECLARES WAR ON "GREEN ENERGY"

1) Blackout Britain: EU Eco-Directive Puts Millions at Risk of Power Cuts - Sunday Express, 24 February 2013 2) Green Energy Bill May Drag Britain Into A New Dark Age - Mail on Sunday, 24 February 2013 3) Landowners ‘£1 Billion Wind Farm Boom’ - The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2013 4) Wind Farms Will Create More CO2, Say Scientists - The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2013 5) Christopher Booker: One day, turning off the lights won’t be up to you - The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2013 6) Neil Hamilton: Cameron’s Idiocy Will Put You In Dark, Cold Poverty - Sunday Express, 24 February 7) Clive James: Attenborough’s Global Warming Blunder - The Daily Telegraph, 23 February 2013 1) Blackout Britain: EU Eco-Directive Puts Millions at Risk of Power Cuts Sunday Express, 24 February 2013 One million homes narrowly escaped a power cut last month as bitterly cold weather placed a massive strain on Britain’s creaking electricity network. Sandbrook Office workers in London attempt to keep warm during the 1974 power cuts. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue. Last night experts warned that life-threatening blackouts are increasingly likely as “we head downhill – fast”… And as a spell of bitter cold once more hits the UK, the near switch-off which came so perilously close on that freezing afternoon, underscores the magnitude of the energy crisis. Fawley is one of a number of coal and oil power stations being forced into retirement to comply with EU environmental targets. [...] Ann Robinson, consumer champion at uSwitch, said: “We are facing disaster on energy prices. The dynamic has changed, but the thinking hasn’t. “What worries me most is that the average household energy bill will be £1,400 by end of the year; £1,500 is a cliff edge at which most people say they’ll switch off the heating entirely.” Full story 2) Green Energy Bill May Drag Britain Into A New Dark Age Mail on Sunday, 24 February 2013 Mr Yeo has moved an extraordinary amendment to the Energy Bill that would set a crippling and binding target for the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by generating power in 2030. It would transform the electricity industry and bring huge benefits to the business sector, which has so generously rewarded Mr Yeo. For the rest of us, however, the effects will be very different. It will cause already high energy bills to soar further and could lead to more power cuts. The effect on business is likely to be even more dramatic… ‘Even without the amendment, the long-term consequences of the Bill will be horrible,’ said Professor Gordon Hughes of Edinburgh University, one of Britain’s leading experts on energy economics. He issued a strong warning the ‘surreal’ amendment could spell the end of British industry. ‘It’s a recipe for deindustrialisation,’ he said. Prof Hughes thinks the choice is stark: ‘Either we get rid of this obsession, or we give away our future to the rest of the world. The question is whether we’re serious about our economic future or not.’

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