EDITOR’S COMMENT: Boris Johnson’s idea that we can have every British home running on offshore wind-powered electricity by 2030 is absolutely bonkers! The government should be saving jobs, not trying to harness the wind for a pipeline dream.
BORIS Johnson’s assertion that we can have every British home running on offshore wind-powered electricity by 2030 has generally been dismissed as bonkers. Even Zion Lights, a former spokesman for Extinction Rebellion, believes he’s talking a load of overblown guff – although she puts it rather more politely. She says data company Aurora Energy Research has calculated that to reach Johnson’s target of generating 40 gigawatts by 2030, one new wind turbine will have to be installed around Britain every weekday for the entire 2020s – at a cost of some £50billion in capital investment.
Wind turbines only produce electricity only when the wind blows. Once those whooshing, bird-mincing blades aren’t whizzing round, they’re as useless as a becalmed ship. Let’s hope that before the kettles won’t boil, the washing machines won’t wash, the cookers won’t cook, the heaters won’t heat and the electric cars stand useless on our driveways for want of guilt-free power that Johnson changes tack.
Zion Lights, now director of Environmental Progress UK, says nuclear power is the only hope of safeguarding our future energy supply. Why can’t that obvious, urgent message get through to the increasingly woke and woeful Johnson? Okay, there might be a place for wind power in Britain’s generation strategy. To rely on it to the extent he’s suggesting is simply unrealistic. Someone had better get the rowing boats out and tow our Prime Minister to sanity on this issue before we all end up on the rocks.