As an Arctic blast sweeps across Britain, Age UK have warned that almost a million elderly people are at risk from the bitter cold as they cannot afford to heat their homes. Older people need longer to warm up. Their blood thickens and that increases blood pressure. Breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. Cold can kill the elderly in a myriad of ways.Medical advice says that the ideal temperature is 64F (18C) in the bedroom, and 70F (21C) in the living room. Not everyone can afford to keep their thermostat that high. In an average winter, one old person dies every 7 minutes in Britain from the cold. That is 24,000 elderly people dying from cold every winter. This scandal is the direct result of the ‘political elite’s’ obsession with carbon reduction / renewable energy.
The most cost effective way to provide electricity to British homes and industries is to burn coal in large power stations, such as Drax. The math is complicated and subject to manipulation by statisticians, but any calculation you want to make into the comparative cost of electricity shows that coal-fired power stations are the least expensive way to make electrical power. Every other method of electricity generation costs at least twice as much as burning coal.
This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time. ~ Aneurin Bevan
Our supine politicians, in thrall to the Green Lobby and the European Union, have squandered Great Britain’s natural advantages in these key resources. As it goes, Great Britain’s offshore resources are not limited to fish. Offshore coal reserves are estimated to be some 23 trillion tonnes. Given that the UK currently burns about 65 million tonnes of coal a year, (world coal statistics), we have 3,500 years worth of coal reserves at the current rate of consumption.
However, instead of exploiting these vast on-shore and off-shore coal reserves, our halfwit officialdom insists on installing useless, expensive, on-shore and off-shore wind farms. This method of power generation is only possible / profitable in Great Britain because of compulsion and bribery, (subsidies).
British electricity suppliers are required by law to provide a proportion of their sales from renewable resources such as wind power. Subsidies paid to wind-farm developers currently run at some £1.2 billion a year in the UK. This is in addition to the grants paid to the manufacturers and developers of wind-powered electricity generation systems. All of these grants and subsidies come from the pockets of hard-pressed taxpayers and consumers.
Electricity supplied to Great Britain’s elderly costs more than double what it should, as a direct result of meddling by successive Energy Ministers, (Principal Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change). The current incumbent is the hapless Ed Davey, who replaced the criminal, lying, adulterer Chris Huhne.
Despite everything that global warming alarmists say to the contrary, there is no evidence that the Earth is warming up. There is also no hard evidence to support the existence of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change.
It seems that the elderly can be damned to die from the cold, as long as successive useless politicians and their vampiric staff can continue to travel to the world’s beautiful places to attend United Nations conferences on climate change. Residents of the USA shouldn’t think themselves lucky. Your president is at least as loopy about climate change as is our very own Ed Miliband.
Not all politicians are lying, adulterous criminals.