That is far, far to sensible a plan for the shortsighted idiots (of any stripe) who run the country
and the good news is Shale Gas.........
The transformation over here in the US is amazing. If they could convert their cars to run on gas they would be importing no oil. It's already having an effect on the economy. Jobs are coming back and house prices are up 20% in many cities from last year. Also the majority of normal Americans don't want to be the hated worlds policeman anymore.
Heres a thought, why not use some of the profits from this potentially massive shale gas boom to pay for the building of renewable energy projects like the Severn barrage or fitting every house with solar panels. Then in years to come when the gas starts to run out we are ready and waiting with paid for renewable energy sources.
I would have thought that nuclear (thorium?) would be a better option for replacing fossil fuels stations unless you are also building some pumped hydro to provide energy when there's not much output from the solar. Probably a moot point anyway, since whichever government gets in will likely just piss the money up the wall.
Also the majority of normal Americans don't want to be the hated worlds policeman anymore.
I suspect that's not going to go away. America's foreign policy probably has more to do with investment programs than securing overseas energy. Right now, certainly.
Anyway, all this shale gas stuff is smoke screening until fusion gets nailed, then we'll all be running our cars on potato peelings and then no-one will care about Blackpool (again)
I didn't think they could use salt water for the extraction?
I think the water is heavy so it's really, really salty. I think they take seawater and salt it up a bit.
It's hard to replace gas for
On demand electricity generation
A Severn barrage would produce incredible input to the grid, completely reliably. Pity about the wildlife
Haven't the Americans had to massively downscale the amount of gas that they predicted they would get from these wells . I read that some had been cut by as much as 80% from what was predicted and the process of extracting what gas was effectively making the drilling companies no money whatsoever .
If scotland can make a bid for independence based on exploiting the revenues from natural resources off their coast, surely it time for
Bunga Bunga parties, but with pie and peas...
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