What is the difference between the three pieces of engineering shown above and what is today’s connection?
No, it is not a quiz as such but a demonstration (further) of the total lack of joined up thinking and indeed any sense of reality when it comes to energy and transport.
Of the three images, the electric car is very limited in providing transport over any distance because of it’s battery power that is even more limited in winter with headlights and heater on, it also is ridiculously expensive and although they – the manufacturers and any else involved in promoting them – won’t tell you, try selling one when a few years old when the batteries need replacing at anything up to £20,000, plus they are not green and nobody’s buying them.
The second image is the equally inefficient wind turbine, costing billions in subsidies to build but needing stand by power stations for when the wind doesn’t blow – like most cold winters and whose main purpose seems to be filling the bank accounts of all those involved in building or running them.
The third image is of our old friend the milk float, this actually does work, designed for the job, it’s quiet in its early morning rounds and cheap to run, also doesn’t mind spending the day being recharged as it is not in use then.
The connection is the announcement this morning of our “friend” on the Today program, Tim Yeo, stating we are facing the possibility of an energy gap – for that read electricity blackouts, smart meters etc – and the Minister for transport Patrick McLoughlin ‘who he’ (the man who lives in a county without a motorway ?) and doesn’t like driving, announcing that electric cars are fantastic and are the future.
Not if there is no electricity to charge them with, that being the least of their problems.
Where is the electricity going to come from? When if ever we have millions of these on the roads, never mind the tax loss from fuel duty, how long before they become no cheaper to run than anything that went before?
We’ve heard it all before. Nver mind subsidising electric cars and charging points, how about some power stations so we can keep the lights on and stay warm, the endless rag bag of stupid money and rubbish policies just seems to spew endlessly from this government as it did with last and they wonder why people are disenfranchised and lacking in belief of any politicians and anything they say.