This must surely go down as one of the great understatements of the year, if not the century?
Let’s just look at the current situation [pun intended].
We heat our homes using oil [bad], solid fuel [bad] or gas [bad] or electricity [good]. We are told that all the bad sources are to go, not because they are in short supply but because they are somehow causing hurricanes in America or flooding in Bangladesh. So in future all our home heating and cooking has to use electricity. There are a few who will mutter about heat pumps but they require electricity too.
Petrol driven cars are baaad, Diesel engines are even worse so all cars, buses and trains have to use [you’ve guessed it?] electricity. All those thousands of batteries are going to have to be charged every night [and frequently during the day] so that should heat up the grid a bit?
How about commerce and industry? Well, they have become pretty reliant on computers and automation and strangely enough all computers and automated equipment require electricity to work, whether it’s a robot assembling something or the cash register in your local shop.
I’m not too sure about shipping. Battery driven ships seem a bit fanciful so they’ll probably have to revert to sails [and therefore the wind]?
The single industry which appears to escape all this migration to the electron is aviation. That relies of fossil fuels [baaaad] so it’s only a matter of time before there is a call for the return of the dirigible, which of course will use batteries for propulsion [when the dirigible isn’t actually exploding].
So it looks like all our proverbial eggs are in the one proverbial basket. We are down to electricity for our very existence with no alternatives whatsoever. If there is no electricity you are stuck at home in your dark cold house, eating cold baked beans [assuming you have been clever enough to hold onto an old manual tin-opener and not once of those fancy electrical ones].
Where is all this electricity going to come from? Fossil fuels are out so we are down to those “renewable” sources – wind, sunshine, tide/wave and hydro. The only one of those which is a guaranteed source is the tide. All the others rely to a greater or lesser extent on the weather. So far they seem to be backing wind power which is notoriously fickle [as I look out my window there isn’t a single leaf stirring].
There is of course another source of electricity but that requires the use of a dirty word – Nuclear. It is the only power source that is constant and reliable even if it does occasionally render large tracts of the planet uninhabitable for a few thousand years.
So there’s your answer folks.
Soon every parish will have to have it’s own Chernobyl.