Friday, 14 October 2011

Shale of the century

And now, today's question:  Which would you rather have?
a) An energy technology that is cheap; abundant; environmentally friendly; hides away easily behind a hedgerow; is readily available in the West; drives the Arabs, Russians, and Greens to distraction, and can run our civilisation for so far into the future that finding new sources of energy is no longer our problem. 
b) An expensive, unreliable technology that raises eyesores across the landscape, requires a duplication of the entire power grid to make up for its shortcomings, uses scarce resources, kills birds by the thousands, has killed more people than the entire nuclear power industry in the West's entire history, is completely unable to meet the energy needs of any nation, cannot even deliver on it's "carbon" promises, and is beloved by those who would like to send us back to the 12th century.
If you chose b, congratulations; you are the head of every major government in the West.


Sergej said...

It is not a coincidence that that oil guy, T. Boone Pickens, had an epiphany a couple years ago and started backing wind power. Turned out, he owns gas fields, whose output would turn a decent profit spinning backup generators. The execrable Nancy Pelosi is also a big fan of um, fans, and I believe she also has something to gain from selling gas.

Remember, It's For The Children!

eon said...

Our Fearless Leaders are less concerned with the welfare of the people than they are with the approval of the "enlightened elite'", who don't like "the people" much anyway.

Also, this way they can wear buttons saying "I Really, REALLY Love Holy Mother Gaia". Guaranteed vote-getter from the "Hug a Whale, Harpoon A Baby" crowd.



Cthel said...

Having seen video of what happens when the gale-brake fails on one of the "saviours of the planet" (TM), I can state that given the choice of having a nuclear power station or a white windmill built anywhere within a half-mile of my abode, then I would choose the active atoms every time.

And then I will be able to enjoy the birdsong and watch the bats in the evening, all without the fear that one windy day a 50ft length of carbon-fibre will come through the wall at a fair turn of speed.

As a bonus, I'll also be able to enjoy the benefits of the 20th century (electric lighting, telecommunications, electronics etc) when I wish, rather than when the wind speed falls within a narrow range.