D I E S E L : R E C O R D F U E L P R I C E S
It's all down to policies. If you have a policy to promote oil and petrol with subsidies, but do not give the same incentives to solar and wind power, you are in effect promoting fossil fuels over renewables. Perhaps it should have been the other way around, about 10 to 15 years ago.
DIESEL RECORD FUEL PRICES - JUNE 2022
Average petrol and
diesel pump prices in the UK have hit new record highs yet again, with the Government still being urged to help ease the burden on drivers.
The failure of the politicians in Whitehall to have any kind of contingency plan for a war scenario, fossil fuel reserves, or alternative fuels strategy, compounds their inability to foresee that which Ursula von der Leyen had predicted the modern day Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Putin, was building up to many years ago. Readers could be forgiven for thinking British and other European administrations' to be nothing less than bumbling fools - where the Imperialist ambitions of the former KGB officer was to many military strategists as plain as day.
It seems to be that our politicians were snake charmed by the lure of cheap oil and gas - that did not exist. There is nothing cheap about fighting a conventional war, with the threat of nuclear weapons lurking in the background: Russia Vs Ukraine. That could erupt into a World War Three scenario, as the Red dictator begins to lose his control, leading to desperate measures. Presumably, as we have seen this, MI6 and the CIA, must have a few 'Jack Ryan' annalists lurking in their corridors - also apprised of the possibilities. Clearly, if there were, their reports were ignored.
As our parents used to say: "They couldn't arrange a piss up in a brewery."
And that brings us to the lack of infrastructure for hydrogen and battery electric vehicles. How is it with so many viable options yet to be explored, that these alternatives have not been explored? It could be that the UK's Conservative energy strategy is missing because they are uninformed. In other words ignorant. Or it could be that they were too much concerned for their chums in oil to care about the consequences. Well, we do not think our ministers are ignorant. Leading to the inevitable conclusion, of hands in pockets. As Sherlock Holmes, may have deduced.
However you look at it, it is not a pleasant view. Some may argue that the present government do not have a clue how to
run the country with their hands so deeply embedded in the pockets of the Climate Deniers, who have been lobbying to maintain reliance on coal and oil - at the expense of undermining the development of renewables.
Put plainly, it is not a level playing field. Subsidies have been given to oil and coal giants, and even to nuclear energy companies, rather than renewables. So reliant are they on keeping an economy fuelled, despite it being inequitable and so, unsustainable.
One of the sticking points at the moment, apart from the absent supporting infrastructure, is the high price of electric vehicles, where the battery is expensive, but the rest of the car is cheaper to produce than the IC equivalent. Or, at least it could be.
There are several ways of lowering the price of EVs:
1. Firstly, governments could exempt EVs from car taxes, and road fund licences.
2. Secondly, policies could be created to force OEMs to work together to define and utilize a standard form of energy pack, be it ammonia, battery, hydrogen or methanol. No matter what chemistry, they should all be voltage compatible and interchangeable.
3. Thirdly, policies could be created to force service stations to stock the standard energy packs defined in two above.
4. Lastly, a method of billing for energy cartridge depreciation and energy used, should be introduced. Such that an EV customer does not have to purchase an energy cartridge with a new vehicle, nor enter into an expensive leasing arrangement.
Special finance at zero, or extremely low interest rates, should be arranged to help channel investments into such, load levelling renewable energy infrastructure. This would make investing in fossil fuels unattractive, leading to massive uptake and rapid installation of (for example) mass produced, flat-packed, service stations - and compatible energy cartridges.
SmartNet™ is one example of a proposed system along the lines of 1-4 above, that may be used as a guide when utilities and vehicle makers are suitably encouraged to look for solutions.
DAILY EXPRESS 11 JUNE 2022 - IS THE THE END FOR DIESEL?
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