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British energy strategy: Go Wind, Water and Nuclear

British Energy Strategy is set for new Nuclear Power

EnergyOver at the department of energy and climate change, the government boys must be buzzing with shocking excitement. The new National Energy Policies have been laid down in front of parliament. The strategies which are looking to come into play seem to be quite promising for the UKs future energy supply. But not everyone is content with the proposals.

Gas and Oil Power

With green peace refusing to accept clean energy as a viable alternative to gas and oil, they will be pleased to hear that gas and oil power stations will be subjected to a carbon tax. This combined with plans to introduce carbon reclamation capabilities into these types of power stations to recycle and reduce emissions. The strategy sets out that the goal is a reduction in emmisions from the power industry in the region of about 36 % by 2020.

Green peace criticized this strategy and are proposing that we cover most of England with a humongous solar panel. Showing that Green peace really do not have an understanding how modern politics works nor how the energy requirements of a country need to be sustained in order for that country to operate an effective economy.

Nuclear Strategy

Recognizing that gas, oil and coal are finite resources, the government has looked to provide an energy policy which will see modern Britain with the energy to cope with a rising demand for energy. The plans are that the tax payer will not be funding the new nuclear reactors, and EDF Energy is seeking to construct five of them throughout the UK. The policy matches David Cameron’s statement that the existing policy is obsolete being written 30 years ago when the UK production of energy was excessive. It is a stark difference from countries like Germany, where they have opted to go nuclear free entirely producing energy from coal , oil and gas with a hint of sunshine.

Greenpeace have argued we have not learned our mistakes from Japan. With the Tsunami and earth quake strikes we get so frequently every…. actually come to think of it, have we ever been hit by a Tsunami in the UK? I guess the threat of a double natural disaster hitting our nuclear plans are rather low after all?

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has made it into the policy as well, taxation of energy production will not apply to the renewable energy. However others are criticising the plan saying that the amount that would be generated by the strategy will fall far short of raising sufficient capital to replace our carbon emissions power systems with vast resources of renewable energy generation systems.

Not far enough for the consumer.

The proposals perhaps could have went further. In Sweden the energy policy has been proposed that at the consumer level, meters can be interpreted hourly. This allows for consumers to work out when to use high drain appliances more effectively ie during low cost periods of the day so they can reduce the amount they pay instead of getting hit by a huge bill because the appliance was running during a high spike price time. They propose making it easier to generate one’s own electricity and selling that back to the national energy grid. There are a number of companies out there which are doing this in the UK.

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Fuel to rise, business to go bust, Government Happy.

Fuel prices to rise government bags all.Trains are overcrowded, late, and cant operate in the rain, snow , hail, wind or at least that is what Northern Rail wants us to believe. With the threat of a leaf on the track derailing a 100 tonne train it is no wonder people are turning to alternative means of transport.

Despite the railways shutting down for hibernation purposes, the daily commuter still needs to get from his snow blocked in house to work to feed himself.

We recently took on a US client, and we were discussing the cost of fuel – they pay on average just £0.80 per l for petrol meanwhile with the UK Government imposing Duty and VAT upon fuel the United Kingdom has the proud reputation as the second most expensive place in the whole of Europe (and perhaps the world) to purchase fuel.

Around 80% Tax (including VAT) means that the government is simply lining their pockets with huge sums of cash. Many business however especially small businesses who rely on vans for their work are facing going out of business as they can no longer compete with competitor companies.

One day, the Government must wake up and realise that by imposing huge taxes across everything we do has a negative impact on the economy. More people start looking at benefits so they can afford to work. Since 2004, there has been a 64% rise in the number of people claiming Working Tax Credits. So peoples wages are low, and getting a top up from the tax man to be doing what their wages should be doing. Then the tax man puts up tax on things we buy, so people need more working tax credits to pay for the tax rise. Circular tax logic can not serve a productive economy.

According to the BBC, Government ministers have been looking at a stabilizer system which would help ease the problem of hikes in the price of oil. However a spokesperson for the government said this might be complicated to implement. Surely however as a government duly elected by the people they have a responsibility (they certainly have the wages to justify it) to take these complicated decisions and do what will help the United Kingdom out of this.

Road map to put “Great” into Britain:
Free Education – Let people Learn skills and capabilities without a cost – get the bright guys in to boost the economy.
Nationalise Public Transport – Look at how other countries do it, Public transport in Sweden operates very well.
Reduce Tax on things – Reducing Tax by 50% will have the same effect as a 50% wage rise to every person in the United Kingdom.

When more money is in peoples wallets instead of the government, people will spend money in shops, shops will start paying huge taxes on  profits instead of fund raising for charity so they can claim tax benefits and reduce what they give to the government. This leads is to a positive incremental economy instead of spiraling down into despair and disaster. The sooner the government comes to realise this the better – there is not an infinite amount of time.
A CNN article had a comment which really shows how bad it is, unfortunately the article itself has gone, so I cannot verify this to be true, although I have a hard time believing otherwise:

I see in a CNN Business list that 4 of the 5 most expensive places in the world for petrol (gas) are in the UK.Nick Keith

Well, thats my 2cents for today I’m off to pay what little money I have to the Council Tax now!

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