For a long time I have been making a little prediction.
I haven’t shouted too loud as I assumed anyone with even half a brain cell could come to the same conclusion.
I predicted that relying on wind and solar power to generate electricity was a bad idea.
It seems though that our gubmint lacks even half a brain cell collectively as they have persisted in pushing wind farms onto all our hills and are now concentrating on the coast. It never once seems to occur to them that there are days and weeks where we live in a virtual calm and that a day without sunshine is perfectly normal. Never mind, they say, we are saving the planet.
A couple of years back we had an election [or rather they did as I couldn’t vote for any of them] and to grasp back power at any cost the two main parties invited the Greens into a coalition. Even worse, they gave Eamonn Ryan who has the intelligence [and charisma] of an amoeba, the ministry in charge of energy. It’s like putting a rabid Vegan in charge of a meat processing plant. So we have been going full steam ahead [or should that be full blow?] shutting down power stations that work and replacing them with windmills that don’t.
And suddenly we have a power crisis! What a surprise?
Now this is bad enough but the gubmint has the idea that data centres are a great idea and are hoping to build lots more. Those with a few brain cells to spare have been warning the gubmint that data centres suck up vast quantities of electricity and that already they account for a significant percentage of our total power output. However the gubmint is intent on pushing ahead with these data centres as they love licking the arses of Google, Amazon and the like in the vague hopes they’ll reward us with more jobs.
So we have the perfect [windless] storm. Loads more data centres and electric cars sucking up power which is a diminishing and increasingly unreliable supply.
There are calls to retain the few fossil fuel plants that we have left. But apparently that would cause problems as we have committed to reducing our “greenhouse gasses” and the fucking idiots have somehow enshrined this commitment into law.
So we are facing a winter of candles and camping gas stoves.
There is no need to worry though. Cunt Varadkar is “reasonably confident power outages would not occur this winter“. He can “absolutely assure” as there will be no power cuts.
You can always rely on the word of a politician?