[...] Without the development of new pragmatic policies and a forceful defence of a cheap energy strategy in face of green opposition, many governments will lack the will to free themselves from the green shackles that are hindering technological progress and economic advance. Even so, much of the green ballast that is holding Europe back will have to be thrown overboard if Europe wants to keep up with rest of the world.
Just as socialist central planning failed miserably before it was replaced by free market economies, green central planning will have to be discarded before Europe will be able to see a return to economic growth and technological optimism.
Read it all … a lesson for Australia too.
UPDATE from Greenie Watch: Britain ‘faces energy crisis unless ministers abandon green policies’
Britain must abandon its bias towards green policies or face an energy crisis, a key parliamentary adviser has warned.
Peter Lilley, a member of the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Advisory board, has warned that the UK’s hesitance to embrace shale gas comes at great expense to the country.
He cites decreasing gas prices in American as an example, where gas is a third of the price of what it is in Europe, and questions why Britain is “dragging its feet”.
The UK is potentially sitting on enough shale gas reserves to heat all homes in Britain for at least 100 years, experts at the British Geological Survey claimed in April this year.
However, there has been resistance to excavate the fossil fuel amid concerns about the possibility of earthquakes and water contamination if gases are leaked into the water table while the “fracking” process is carried out.
In an article for The Spectator, the Conservative MP accuses the Department for Energy and Climate Change as being “in disarray” over the issue, with some ministers now beginning to question the direction green policies have been heading.
He claims that the green lobby is in control of the Department for Energy, dominates the EU and is institutionalised in Whitehall via the Climate Change Committee. He also accuses them of deploying “scare stories with reckless disregard for the truth” on a scale comparable to the MMR scare.
“Whatever the power of Big Oil in the past, it has been eclipsed by Big Green,” he said.
Mr Lilley said the growing battle over shale gas is a prelude to an impending energy crisis, with the green lobby counting on green alternatives becoming cheaper as imported gas prices rise.
He argues that although viable alternatives to fossil fuels may be discovered in the future, any government policy based on the assumption that this will be imminent is “doomed to fail”.
“The sooner we wake up to that fact and throw off the thrall of Big Green, the better,” he added. “There are simply no affordable renewable technologies available [at the moment] to replace fossil fuels.”
The case for decarbonising the EU economy has weakened, he added, because China, India, USA and other will not follow suit. “The idea of Britain going it alone is risible,” he said.
May 15, 2013 9:21 PM by Erika Johnsen
Longest recession evah.