Paul Burke seems to think that we have large gas reserves. In that case why has the wholesale price of gas DOUBLED during this little cold snap in the UK?
I work at a French owned 2000 mega watt coal fired power station in the UK. I am NOT proud of that fact but it pays the bills. The company that owns it has spent many millions of pounds installing Flue Gas Desulphurisation equipment to clean up our airborne discharge. it has a claimed efficieny of better than 95%. Other coal stations are doing the same. My employer is hoping to build a combined cycle gas turbine power station. After them telling us that there is a gas shortage, that seems very short sighted to me.
Nuclear is not the answer, not until the waste can be neutralised totally. Wind power takes up too much land to be totally practical, how many windmills to replace my place of work at something like ten Mwatts each? It's about time some decent research was applied to Clean Burn technology with coal, and lets get the British miner back to work cos there's still loads of coal under there. We may have to pay a bit more to get at the so called un-economical bits. May-be that would make us think about how much energy we all waste.
The Americans have had it too cheep for too long and look how wastefull they are. Sign on to the Kyoto agreemaent G W Bush, your land may not be the dirtiest but by looking after the pennies (cents), the pounds (dollars) look afters themselves and your example might just nudge other countries into signing onto Kyoto too.
PB please don't take this as a dig at you, it is not meant as that. Its not often that a power worker gets the chance to vent off.