A British paper asks: Has any minister in history seemed more hopelessly unfit to do his job?
The penny is fast dropping that by far the most disastrous appointment made by David Cameron to his Coalition Cabinet was that of the ultra-green, Lib Dem Chris Huhne as our Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.Yesterday, after Mr Huhne issued his first annual statement on Britain's energy future, it was clear that we should all be very, very concerned about the future of Britain.
...the £100 billion-plus energy question that confronts us all in Britain today is how we are going to fill that massive, fast-looming gap in our electricity supplies when the antiquated power stations which currently supply us with two-fifths of the power needed to keep our economy running are forced to close. The answer given by Mr Huhne is that we must build thousands more giant wind turbines.
He boasts about how the 3,000 wind turbines we have already built have the 'capacity' to generate 4.5 gigawatts of electricity. Capacity is the crucial word here. As he could see from figures on his own department's website, thanks to the fact that the wind blows only intermittently, the amount of power these windmills actually produce is barely a quarter of that. In other words, the amount of electricity generated by all those turbines put together, at a cost of billions of pounds, is no more than that provided by a single medium-size conventional power station - equivalent to a mere two per cent of the electricity we need.And wind generated electricity costs three times more than the conventional one. I think of Britain as one of the best governed countries, yet sometimes I wonder: Are the inmates taking over the madhouse?.