It’s showdown time for our insane ‘green’ energy policy

October 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Mad though it might seem to cover for the deficiencies of wind turbines by
pouring a fortune into diesel generators creating the very CO2 the wind
farms are meant to save, even this pales into insignificance compared with
the implications of an amendment narrowly passed last week by the European
Parliament, designed to prevent the EU sharing in the cheap energy
revolution made possible by fracking for shale gas.

The powerful “green” movement was exultant at the passing of this amendment,
which – if it gets through the EU’s tortuous legislative process – will
force energy companies to pay for cripplingly expensive “environmental
impact assessments” – even for test drilling to ascertain whether there is
gas in the shale.

Furthermore, the MEPs voted to bring even the smallest test-drilling site
under the control of a system that makes green lobby groups a key part of
the regulatory process, enabling them to put every kind of obstacle in its
way. Their openly declared aim is that Europe must not be allowed to join
the energy revolution which, in the US, has halved gas prices in just five
years. Instead of this, the only effect of our Government’s policy will be,
before long, to double our energy costs, just when the average household
energy bill already equates to a fifth of a pensioner’s income. Yet all our
brainless politicians can do is complain about rises in those bills, which
are largely being made inevitable by their own actions.

Truly, we are looking here at the maddest and most self-deceiving web of
idiocies any generation of politicians can ever have put their hands to.

The great Satyendra Nath Bose is behind the Nobel Prize-winning
Peter Higgs

Everyone may now know rather more about the elusive Nobel Prize-winning Peter
Higgs, of Higgs boson fame, but I was pleased to see The Daily Telegraph
also mentioning the less familiar origin of the term “boson”. Satyendra Nath
Bose was a self-taught scientist and polymath was born in 1894 to a family
from a village near Calcutta.

In the Twenties he made such original discoveries in the embryonic field of
quantum physics that, when, as an unknown researcher, he sent a seminal
paper to Albert Einstein, the great man translated it into German and had it
published. Their joint work on classifying the properties of photons and
sub-atomic particles laid the foundations of what are known as Bose-Einstein
statistics, inspiring Paul Dirac to suggest that these particles should be
named “bosons”.

My son Nick, who lives in India, is writing a book on the huge contribution of
India to Western civilisation, including a chapter on the interest shown in
Indian philosophy by many of the pioneers of nuclear physics, such as Pauli,
Schrödinger, Bohr and Oppenheimer.

But no Indian made a greater contribution to their scientific work than the
man whose name will be forever linked with that of Prof Higgs – but who
never won a Nobel Prize.

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