Reader's letters: Changing policy of 'green' energy
Our government now has a new plan for energy the cornerstone of which. is an increase in nuclear capacity, with goals to deliver up to eight reactors in this decade.
There are also to be more oil and gas projects in the North Sea.
The government has said that it will support domestic oil and gas only in the “nearer term,” and continues to plan to make 95% of electricity “low carbon” by 2030.”
But, although the plan to replace gas power with more nuclear power is lower carbon, nuclear has not, so far, been considered to be renewable.
The European Comm-ission has now decided to label nuclear and gas as sustainable.
Some critics are calling this step “greenwashing” and say that it could threaten the bloc’s bid to become climate-neutral by 2050 and the proposal will be reviewed by the 27 EU member states and by the European Parliament.
The Prime Minister knows he has an energy problem. Pushing ahead with nuclear power generation for electricity is being sensibly considered now that it is labelled ‘green’ but new nuclear plants cannot solve the electricity grid’s problems in a timely way.
The lack of fracking for gas in the UK is a legacy of global warming activists demanding the abandonment of all fossil fuels.
It is clear that events have forced the UK and EU to confront the issue they thought could be kicked into a distant Net Zero future and finally to go for as much energy independence they dare and as fast as they can.
The invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 will be an important day in history for many reasons. — R. SHEPPARD, Beckingham.