Nope, no April fool – the Government is trying to fudge UK renewables targets – again. Splashed on the front page of the Guardian this weekend … the story had three threads:
1. The bonkers idea from Lady Whatshername, that the UK should be able
to build renewables projects in the developing world and count them towards UK targets for renewables.
First we had carbon offsetting, and now we have Target Offsetting. Renewable Energy is about more than just hitting government targets somehow – it’s about where the UK gets its energy from in the future, about how we keep the lights on in a world running out of fossil fuels. Building renewables in another part of the world isn’t going to do anything to provide the UK with power – unless we use some very long wires. Lady Whatshername just misses the point, Renewables targets are about where we get our power from, post North Sea oil and gas. Hitting them in China won’t help us.
What’s next, building hospitals in India and using them to meet NHS targets?
The whole idea sounds like something from a Monty Python sketch.
This Target Offsetting would provide the ultimate NIMBY argument – “don’t build them in my back yard, build them in China, it’s easier and cheaper” I can hear the NIMBY’s warming up now.
2. Then the equally bonkers idea that clean coal – an oxymoron in any event – should count towards renewable targets. It really doesn’t get any crazier than this. We burn coal, capture the carbon and count the electricity as green and renewable …!
Actually we need to stop burning things – it’s so very steam age of us (stone age really). We need to move to a cleaner way of doing things, using fuel sources that are combustion and carbon free, like the wind.
It’s nothing less than a second Industrial Revolution that we need.
3. Last week John Hutton said that Nuclear was the UK’s new North Sea Oil – Derr…
Does the UK have any Uranium mines John? How on earth can nuclear be considered a native fuel source. You might as well call nuclear our new Russian Gas – because that’s a much closer analogy.
Maybe Homer Simpson has taken a job in the policy unit of number 10. Anyone got a better explanation for all this..?