A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Look East.....

..... if you really want to know what is going to happen to world energy growth:

(a) 'Clean energy a distant dream' (Herald Sun - The Australian, February 19):

"Barbara McKee told an international conference on the Gold Coast yesterday the world's dependence on fuels such as coal and gas was likely to grow to about 87 per cent by 2020 rather than decline from the current 85 per cent as suggested by supporters of the Kyoto climate change protocol.

Ms McKee, who heads the US Department of Energy's office of coal and power import and export, said a key reason for the projected increase was that around 2.4 billion people across the world now had no access to commercial energy.

A large proportion of them lived in the Asia-Pacific region which had the fastest growing demand for energy."

(b) 'China to boost nuclear power as demand soars' (Planet Ark, February 19):

"Beijing has drafted a preliminary plan to quadruple nuclear power capacity to more than 32,000 megawatts (MW) between 2005 and 2020, or roughly two plants a year. China has built only eight reactors over the past two decades."

"Ah tow'd yer so!", as my father would have said.

Philip, losing megawatts at the sublime nonsense that is UK energy policy!

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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