Whispering wind

windturbine.gif A bit more on wind, and some worthwhile weekend reading. The British government has announced that it is planning a huge expansion in the use of wind power, building up to 7,000 turbines at a cost of up to £10bn, and expects renewable energy to account for 15% of all energy use by 2020. The BBC reports the somewhat lukewarm reaction, but Fred Pearce in The Guardian is cautiously optimistic that this time they might mean business. Electric vehicles are an important part of the package.

The Economist provides the weekend reading: an excellent overview of the energy options available over the coming decades, and why they look like the next big business opportunity. The leader’s here, and the special feature starts here. The sections on wind, solar and electric vehicles are especially interesting. Joe Romm at Climate Progress isn’t too keen on their enthusiasm for nuclear power, but read the lot and make up your own mind.

For a laugh, I refer you to a column excoriating electric vehicles in The Guardian by Matt Master, who is “a writer and road tester for Top Gear magazine” and who amply demonstrates how ignorance only makes you look like a tosser. Perhaps he doesn’t read The Economist, which headlines its article on EVs “The end of the petrolhead”.

3 thoughts on “Whispering wind”

  1. The Business Herald on Friday ran a four-page special report of the Economist material under the headline The future of energy:there is hope. It was a delight to see it, and at such length.

  2. Hi Gareth

    My view is that in a world were the choice is an EV or shanks pony then EVs start to look good.

    I would be the first to agree that EVs cannot completely substitute for petroleum powered ICEs, but maybe that is not such a bad thing. Slower is not always a bad thing.

    cheers Doug

Leave a Reply