The Guardian reveals this morning that Gordon Browne’s government is planning to move away from EU targets for renewables.
At the very end of the article is this staggering line:
Analysis by Mr Hutton’s department suggests it could cost the UK £4bn a year to achieve a 9% share of renewable energy by 2020.
£4bn a year? That’s about $8bn. This is such a tiny investment to make a major move toward sustainability that it’s pathologically insane not to do it!
Today President Bush will ask Congress for another $46bn for another 6 months in Iraq. That would pay for 6 of the 13 years for the UK to make the move.
The article also states that Germany now produces 9% from renewables, and has gotten there in the last 6 years. This is all good news. It means that the switch can be made, despite the lunatic resistance of politicians and entrenched interest. And it’s not catastrophically expensive either.