Global War on Coal

Across the pond, Christopher Booker notes the British war on coal – and the necessarily skyrocketing electricity prices that are coming:

Fast approaching, if largely unnoticed, is yet another massive shock the Government has in store for us with its weirdly distorted energy policy. It is surprising to see what an abnormally high proportion of the electricity needed to keep our lights on has lately been coming from coal-fired power stations. Last Wednesday evening, for instance, this was over 50 per cent, with only 1.3 per cent coming from wind power. Yet by next March, we learn, five of our largest coal-fired plants, capable of supplying a fifth of our average power needs, are to be shut down, much earlier than expected, under an EU anti-pollution directive….

…Thus, to meet that tax level in the years after 2013, we in Britain will have to pay electricity bills soaring to a level far higher than any others in Europe. All this is to promote the building of thousands more heavily subsidised windmills, which will in turn require us to build more gas-fired power stations to provide back-up for the constant fluctuations in wind speed. And these will be paying Mr Osborne’s fast-rising tax on all the CO2 they emit, with the bill to be picked up by the rest of us on a scale which, within 18 years, could alone almost double the cost of our electricity.

Here’s my prediction: electric rates will more than double. As the need for more gas plants becomes desperate, the costs of building them will become much higher. There will be a shortage of the skilled trades needed to erect these complicated machines and vastly increased costs of the materials required.

One utility I worked at had trouble getting enough riggers to build one plant. What do you think will happen when dozens of plants are needed – right now?

Then there’s the fuel. Right now gas is incredibly cheap – especially in the US. That’s because of fracking. So what happens when the green luddites shut that down?

Why, the prices will skyrocket even more.

Our economies – Britain’s and the United States’ – are under sustained attack. We are being destroyed from within.

It’s more than a war on coal. It is a war on our very way of life.

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