32 Saying yes

Because Britain currently gets 90% of its energy from fossil fuels, itโ€™s no surprise that getting off fossil fuels requires big, big changes โ€“ a total change in the transport fleet; a complete change of most building heating systems; and a 10- or 20-fold increase in green power.

Given the general tendency of the public to say โ€œnoโ€ to wind farms, โ€œnoโ€ to nuclear power, โ€œnoโ€ to tidal barrages โ€“ โ€œnoโ€ to anything other than fossil fuel power systems โ€“ I am worried that we wonโ€™t actually get off fossil fuels when we need to. Instead, weโ€™ll settle for half-measures: slightly-more-efficient fossil-fuel power stations, cars, and home heating systems; a fig-leaf of a carbon trading system; a sprinkling of wind turbines; an inadequate number of nuclear power stations.

We need to choose a plan that adds up. It is possible to make a plan that adds up, but itโ€™s not going to be easy.

We need to stop saying no and start saying yes. We need to stop the Punch and Judy show and get building.

If you would like an honest, realistic energy policy that adds up, please tell all your political representatives and prospective political candidates.