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The Turkish disaster reminds us not just of the human cost of coal, but also the cost of hysteria-led policy

Coal is the dirtiest and most polluting form of energy, and the most dangerous to extract. Yet coal continues to exert a mesmeric hold on the world's imagination, especially on the left.

The Labour party prevented Tony Blair from building any nuclear power stations, instead tipping subsidies into wind, which merely encouraged Britain's dependency on coal. Global coal consumption is at its highest level since 2006, and shows disrespect for all attempts at emissions discipline.

The recent recourse to renewables remains a conundrum of modern government. In most of Europe, indeed, wind power has driven up fuel poverty and made dozens of landowners multimillionaires. Although climate is changing, the precautionary principle suggests concerted action to combat it. The "renewables ascendancy", culminating in the hysteria of the first

International Panel on Climate Change report, does not seem a  good solution. It consider, indeed, any carbon combustion or nuclear reaction as equally evil, and any sun, wind or wave power as equally good –however costly.

Moreover, for its part, coal is treated as a tolerable plague. Soaring Chinese and Indian consumption is taken as an inevitable consequence of poverty. The Turkish disaster reminds us not just of the human cost of coal, but also the cost of hysteria-led policy.

Gas is a carbon-based source of energy but can be twice or three times less polluting than coal–and does not require hundreds of people to die each year extracting it. The main problem with renewables, indeed, is that - even if they may appear to be a solution - they create, in fact, an ever-rising need for deadly coal as a supplement.


The gLAWcal Team

Thursday, 15 May 2014

(Source: the Guardian)