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March 7, 2011

Say Good-Bye to Reliable Energy

Posted by Dave Blount at March 7, 2011 11:51 AM

Isn't it nice how you just flip a switch and the lights come on, and you can sit down to work at your computer whenever you need to? Enjoy these conveniences while you can, because reliable electricity is among the privileges the moonbat ruling class plans to revoke:

Electricity consumers in the UK will need to get used to flicking the switch and finding the power unavailable, according to Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the country's grid operator. Because of a six-fold increase in wind generation, which won't be available when the wind doesn't blow, "The grid is going to be a very different system in 2020, 2030," he told BBC's Radio 4. "We keep thinking that we want it to be there and provide power when we need it. It's going to be much smarter than that."

This gives a clue as to what the word smart means in the context of green energy. Holliday continues:

"We are going to change our own behaviour and consume it when it is available and available cheaply."

That is, make sure to get your work done and your TV watching in during wind storms. When the winds are calm, you can sit in the dark, shivering and thinking pure thoughts about the polar bears.

Why would Britain's rulers want to deprive their subjects of electricity? It's all about power in more ways than one:

Under the so-called "smart grid" that the UK is developing, the government-regulated utility will be able to decide when and where power should be delivered, to ensure that it meets the highest social purpose. Governments may, for example, decide that the needs of key industries take precedence over others, or that the needs of industry trump that of residential consumers. Governments would also be able to price power prohibitively if it is used for non-essential [according to bureaucrats] purposes.

No one dumb enough to believe that replacing efficient energy sources with whimsical windmills will improve the weather will have climbed very high in the power structure. The purpose of "green energy" is the same as the purpose of literally all liberal initiatives: increasing government control.

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