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Friday
Feb222013

Shameless

Get a load of this nonsense from a week or so ago: campaigners against fuel poverty trying to prevent the one thing that might bring energy prices down - concentrating on gas.

"Renewable energy would be cheaper but they're refusing to make that transition because their profits depend on gas."...

Elizabeth Ziga, from Fuel Poverty Action, said: "While we freeze in our homes and millions of us choose between heating and eating, the Government is snugly in bed with the big six energy companies.

"Hand in hand, they're plotting to increase our dependence on dirty and expensive gas power, which will mean even higher fuel bills as well as rising food prices due to climate change.

It's a bit of an indictment of the education of these kids that they can't work out that if renewables genuinely were cheaper they would not require a subsidies, feed-in-tariffs and renewables obligations. I really isn't rocket science.

Wait a minute. It turns out that Fuel Poverty Action is a project of the Climate Justice Collective. They are campaigning against the results of their own policy demands.

OK, uneducatable then.

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Feb 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterStreetcred

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9889882/Wind-farms-will-create-more-carbon-dioxide-say-scientists.html

Liz better check this story out.Saved by mucky ground.

Feb 24, 2013 at 7:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterjAMSPID

The oil companies are generally price takers. It is not a fully functioning free market, but I'm always surprized that people forget who is running the cartel - OPEC. More specifically its Saudi these days. They still have enough clout to set world prices, producing about 30 million barrels per day out of 90 MMb/d. In addition, 80% or so of world oil reserves are controlled by NOCs (national oil companies) so are off limits to Big Oil. So longer term, depending on shale oil growth, the West will still be at the mercy of the likes of Saudi and Russia.

PS - good to see civility in UK blogs vs USA. Canada somewhere in between

Feb 25, 2013 at 2:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterBlondini

Streetcred.

Do you have a link for that quote? It does not specify the time scale in question. If he is thinking of the past decade he is probably right. If he is thinking over several decades he is probably wrong.

Feb 25, 2013 at 11:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man

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