Renewable energy embodies everything socialism opposedby Rupert Darwall / June 24, 2013 / Leave a comment
Tony Blair’s billet-doux as premier to Britain’s energy consumers was committing the UK to deriving 15 per cent of its total energy from renewables by 2020. In its characteristic lack of attention to detail, the announcement was vintage Blair. The rest of his government thought Blair was going to agree to commit to 15 per cent of electricity from renewables, not of its total energy use – including transport and heating – a goal they reckoned totally unrealistic.
But beyond its immediate policy implications, Blair’s decision is emblematic of the modern left. To borrow from the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner, author of The Fanaticism Of The Apocalypse, in adopting environmentalism, the left abandoned its ideals. Renewables, particularly wind and solar, contribute very little to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. They are hugely inefficient, requiring back up from fossil fuel or nuclear power stations.