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.

For 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 complete madness.


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.

August 2004