At last some common sense on the fight against global warming
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its latest report on climate change in April.
In addition to actions such as a four-fold increase in solar, wind, nuclear and carbon-capture and storage, the IPCC state that replacing coal-fired stations with modern gas-fired generation would “significantly reduce” greenhouse gas emissions.
The ‘green lobby’ has been over vociferous in its condemnation of any type of fossil-fuel power generation. The net result is that new power stations have not been built, and the use of old coal-fired power stations has been extended.
The shale gas revolution in the USA has resulted in a large number of modern, efficient gas-fired power stations being built and greenhouse gas emissions have plummeted as a result.
Renewable energy is a vital component in the fight against global warming, but it needs to be part of a mix. The UK is heading for an energy crisis where demand could outstrip supply. We need new gas-fired power stations now - both to ensure continuity of supply and to reduce greenhouse gases.