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- Surveys Show Many Support Climate Action, But Only If It’s Really Cheap - October 22, 2019
- Save the Planet: Reform the Endangered Species Act - October 22, 2019
- United Nations Misleads About Food Production and Climate Change - October 10, 2019
In early November, despite the fact the first serious cold spell has yet to hit, the United Kingdom is already facing electric power outages. The national grid operator was sufficiently fearful of electricity shortages on November 4 it requested industry reduce power consumption. Companies responded by reducing industrial demand by 40 megawatts. At one point, the grid was paying Severn Power £2,500 per megawatt hour; the usual going rate is £60. If the UK can run short of electricity on a warm day in early November, Charles Moore asks, “Is the Western policy elites’ obsession with global warming itself a threat to civilized life on the planet?”
Moore argues Britain’s present energy crisis is self-inflicted. Due to EU regulations adopted by the UK to fight global warming, coal-fired power stations are closing down and no new gas-fired power stations are coming on stream. The Financial Times has estimated Britain will need a capacity of 56 gigawatts in 2016–17, but will have only 53 gigawatts.
Like most people – possibly everyone – who take part in the global-warming debate, I do not know what will happen to the temperature of the Earth in a century’s time. What I do know, because it is plainly visible, is that the attempt to run the world as if we can control our eco-fate 100 years hence is statistically fantastical, politically impossible, economically ruinous and morally bogus. “The lights are going out all over Europe,” lamented Sir Edward Grey in 1914. That was because of a war. Now we are doing our best to put them out all over again, in the name of the common good.