Solar and wind will not be able to replace carbon/gas on a like for like basis, but they are cheaper than they use to be and continue to get cheaper. Storage is starting to look practical, which alleviates some of their problems.
However the bottom line is that the UK needs to use a lot less electricity if we want to have any hope of not making global warming even worse than it is going to be.
MacKay's comments are typical of a heavy-industry, centralised view of electricity, and may be practical in many ways, but I think he missed the boat on the falling cost of some of the alternatives and the disruption they will have on the market.
If the share price hasn't gone up in 18 years why should the executive salary have tripled?
The evidence that it is cariogenic is just one data point that may turn out to be misleading, but I think we do need to be careful. Rather sad that Europe is taking a more cavalier attitude.
They can deny reality as much as they want, but the evidence gets stronger day by day, that global warming is real, it's caused prominently by CO2 in the atmosphere and most of it was put there by human activity.
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