Britain is “quite simply running out of power” and blackouts are almost inevitable within the next few years.Sounds dreadful! How did that happen?
This is the stark warning from the head of an energy think-tank who believes power cuts could be serious enough to spark civil disorder.
Campbell Dunford of the respected Renewable Energy Foundation said: “It’s almost too late to do anything about it. Nothing will stop us having to pay very high prices for power in future.
The REF report says the Government “should prepare itself to intervene with social policy to prevent hardship and maintain order”.Whew! That's a relief. For a second there I thought something had been done to increase Britain's carbon footprint. Well, I guess there's nothing to worry about then. As long as we're working on renewable power, everything's OK.
It criticises ministers for focusing too heavily on such untried renewable energy sources as wind and tide power, rather than making sure that secure new power generation was put in place.
The report concludes: “A near fatal preoccupation with politically attractive but marginal forms of renewables seems to have caused a blindness towards the weakening of the UK’s power stations and a dangerous and helpless vulnerability to natural gas.”