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Huhne Determined To Turn The Lights Off?

Chris Huhne halts 'dash for gas' to keep UK on course for carbon targets | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The UK's "dash for gas" will be halted by the government because if unchecked it would break legally binding targets for carbon dioxide emissions, Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary, said on Monday evening.

"We will not consent so much gas plant so as to endanger our carbon dioxide goals," he told a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrats party conference in Birmingham.

The number of gas-fuelled power plants is increasing rapidly because they are fast and cheap to build compared with alternatives. ...

David Porter, chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers, said: "Electricity produced from gas is important for security of electricity supply. Gas-fired power stations offer flexible, reliable electricity, which is vital as we increase our renewable electricity production and prepare for new nuclear power. Unabated gas will play an important role in the transition to a low carbon electricity industry. We must keep the lights on and do so cost-effectively...

... globally gas price rises have been curbed by increasing supplies of unconventional gas, driven from shale by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Exploration has begun in the UK near Blackpool in Lancashire and has attracted protests....

"I recommend you look at the film Gasland, which is a bit of a wake-up call," Huhne said. "There are some extremely alarming pictures of people setting fire to their taps because of methane gas bubbling up."

Debunking GasLand

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"The UK's "dash for gas" will be halted by the government because if unchecked it would break legally binding targets for carbon dioxide emissions, Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary, said on Monday evening."

No such thing. Who would hold the government to them?

I'm surprised he didn't choose to link the fracking exploration in Lancashire with the earthquake they had recently.

On the basis he clearly gets all his research ideas from hollywood, perhaps we could dispense with the rest of his department?

Does he think there's some magic that is going to keep the lights on in the UK? I guess the government has stockpiled generators and big supply of gas or something to keep them running. After all, just because the peasants will be in the dark doesn't mean they need the wisdom and guidance of there betters in Westminster.

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