More thoughts on Power Sharing

I've had a couple of positive responses and an interesting discussion re my concept of energy rationing (yesterday's blog, 'Power to the people')

The more I think about it the more I feel it would work. I mean, it would benefit all and resolve today's truly warscale energy problem. But however appropriate the potential parallel with wartime rationing of food, clothing and petrol, some tweaking would, I think, be necessary. For instance if I had as many coupons as Richard Branson and I don't need all mine and he needs more than his (a reasonable scenario!) such coupons could be tradeable on an open market. Result: I live using much less power but with some of his money and he continues to live using a hell of a lot more power, but now with slightly less money. As there are many more Bryan Islips than Richard Bransons total power consumption would be bound to diminish. Which is surely what we all want, considering environment factors as well as the huge cost to us all, both financially and aesthetically, of new energy sourcing .

Of course the government would need to set the size of our national (energy) pie to be divided into coupons. No more this headlong rush to give everyone and every industry just as much as we / they demand today in the crazy, hopeless name of continuous 'growth'. We all wanted more sweeties than we could have in WW2, but we got used to the idea that we each could only have two ounces a week. (And oh, how much sweeter the taste of something you could but rarely pop into your mouth.)

Having set the size of the pie for say, year 2025, (same as now, or more, or less) our elected government in conjunction with competing industries whether private or public could decide right now from where such energy will be sourced. So, for instance, hopefully no more driving blind into today's plethora of problems such as the Lochluichart contratemp. If every new house built had, by law, to incorporate sunshine or wind power generating, which is no different to every house having to have waste plumbing, or if we require by 2025 to have a Severn tidal barrier in place or a gigamillion megawatt windfarm in the Thames estuary at least we all know and accept where we are.

I'm tempted to end by saying 'and we all will live happily ever after', but instead will just say: read Going with Gabriel! Perhaps a Farland is not so far away after all...

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