Preventing the energy crunch

Did you know that the bankers’ bailout in 2008/9 was the direct cause of the Arab Spring protests in the Middle East? The bail-out money that the banks received during this period was sunk into the commodities markets, mainly food commodities.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKThe result was higher global food prices, and Middle Eastern countries bore the brunt of these actions. The saying “every action reacts” is appropriate here, with ordinary people taking to the streets, blaming their governments for not being able to afford their basic needs.

While the Middle Eastern governments were powerless to prevent food prices and food shortages from affecting their people, so too is our government equally impotent to avert global issues from affecting citizens of the UK.

These geopolitical problems have been made more apparent over the last couple of years, as external factors have seen energy prices continually rising. The forecast is even worse year after year, as the outputs of gas and oil in the North Sea and most international oil fields continue to decline at a time when demand for energy is growing at a faster and faster rate.

Policies by George Osborne, that aim at reducing investment in alternative renewable energy technology, when we should be gearing up to creating new jobs within this industry and thereby reducing our nation’s dependence on costly traditional fossil fuel-based energy.

This situation shows the madness of increasing the national speed limit to 80mph, thus burning more expensive and increasingly scarce oil supplies at an even faster rate, which would happen under these proposals.

Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Heat my Home adds “We all like to get to our destinations quicker, but the madness of such policies becomes clear when you step back and look at the bigger global picture, not to mention the environmental impact. The ultimate causes of any future energy crunches and climate disasters made by politicians with short-sighted, four-year policies.

Both energy security and global warming problems tackled with much longer-term policies that are in place at present. The madness of the above-proposed policies shows that politicians cannot see further than the next election.

Individuals must take responsibility for their future well-being. Our children’s future world never takes into account when governments plan new policies.

Growth is another aspect of political lunacy. We have already learned that both unrestricted population growth and commercial growth cause planetary bio-sphere destruction, so the world’s politician should not continue to spend billions in the attempt to re-ignite further growth and ultimately, new planetary problems.

Watching BBC’s ‘Question Time’ a few weeks ago, I observed this political ignorance being broadcast to the nation when Dianne Abbot, MP talked about pension schemes in 60 years time.

Looking at the bigger picture, does Dianne believe that with the current rate of over-population. The decline of oil supplies and the climate breakdown which has seen a 15-20% rise in extreme climatic events since the 1980s.

This situation compared to 1% between 1950– 1980, expecting 60 years of growth at the same rate as the 20th-century will allow my children to draw a pension at all?

This type of political talk can now be seen as pure political lunacy when brought into the real world.
Accumulating knowledge and learning from others’ mistakes is what brought about the birth of civilisation, but recently culture is not using the knowledge it has gained, and our politicians are not learning from their mistakes, which may ultimately lead to the most significant error ever made.

We would all like to sit back, relax and think that our political leaders have got everything in hand, but the reality has shown, time and time again, that ultimately we are on our own and must take responsibility for our futures. In the context of this website, generating your home’s electricity by using solar panels is the ultimate show of people power.

If you are serious about reducing your household’s dependence on conventional energy, then I would recommend more financially attractive microgeneration systems such as solar panels and air source heat pumps.

The fight for civilisation’s won; the challenge of keeping it has just begun!

"Light is life."

Stuart Lovatt 2011-10-19