Harlow councillor welcomes US-UK energy deal
Business / Thu 8th Dec 2022 at 09:15am
HARLOW Councillor and Governance portfolio holder Alastair Gunn has welcomed the energy partnership deal between the US and the UK, claiming it will be good for Harlow.
This follows the announcement that the leaders of the two countries, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and President Joe Biden, have signed up to the UK-US Energy Security and Affordability Partnership.
The partnership will address the problems of energy security and affordability. The amount of gas exported to the UK from the USA is expected to more than double, helping reduce volatility in the price of energy and reduce reliance on energy from Russia.
Meanwhile, a Joint Action Group will work to accelerate energy transition and the two nation’s commitments on achieving Net Zero.
Cllr Gunn, who is leading Harlow Council’s work on climate change and its response to the energy crisis, welcomed the deal and said it will benefit Harlow.
He said, “Harlow Council and our residents are facing higher energy costs, in large part because of Putin’s appalling war on Ukraine but also because of post-pandemic disruption to global supply chains.
“These are worldwide problems that affect us here in Harlow. It is encouraging to see our government working with other countries to find solutions.
“Doubling gas supply from an international ally will help control energy prices, which are driving the cost of living crisis Harlow households are facing.
“Equally important is the commitment to Net Zero and investing in clean, sustainable energy. The cost of living crisis and climate change are both urgent, and must both be met by changing the types of energy we use to power our homes and our town.
“Harlow Council is deeply committed to playing our part in the UK getting to Net Zero by 2050. I warmly welcome the new energy partnership with the USA to help achieve that goal.”
Cllr Alistair Gunn is correct in his analysis why energy prices are so high. However, may I suggest to him that the gas from the USA will be shale gas, extracted at great cost to the environment. Perhaps Cllr Gunn may wish to elaborate on the gas being supplied!
Quote: "US gas is mostly produced by fracking, a technology which is widely banned across the European Union over environmental concerns. American LNG is also more energy-intensive than Russian pipeline gas because it needs to be cooled and pressurised before it is shipped across the Atlantic." See article: https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/as-imports-of-us-gas-surge-so-does-concern-over-its-environmental-impact/
What Cllr Gunn neglects to say is that one of the reasons for High Gas prices is a misguided decision made by Conservative Energy Minister Michael Fallon in 2013 not to invest in gas storage preferring instead to rely on the spot market price for Gas. Fallon said “Security of supply can be delivered more cheaply by the market". This view was challenged by the industry at the time. See link for evidence https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-gas-storage-idUKBRE9830LC20130904
We do not need foreign gas. We have plenty of it in the North Sea oil fields. We have shut this down though as part of our net zero. Instead we take liquified gas from the US, and while we do not officially take gas from Russia, we instead take it from third party countries as liquefied gas( Russian liquified gas is transferred from Russian ships in the Atlantic to nation ships we do take gas from). The upshot of all this is we are actually doing more harm to the planet than if we took the gas directly from the North Sea. It’s the same story with everything linked to net zero, we just export our emmisions and pollutions to other countries who make a worse job of it. We should be doing it here and using the efficiency we have available to us to do it a little bit cleaner. If energy and emissions are a global issue then it should be dealt with globally and not at a national level. Sooner or later the penny will drop
The reason why Gas is expensive is because that Nut Job Putin started a war. No other reason.
Do you ever wonder why the Labour Party are so eager to avoid blaming the Ukraine war for high energy prices? My theory is that the Blairite tendencies of Keir Starmer are driving Labour to revisit the 'thrill' of playing the wartime statesman. Acknowledging the economic mayhem that the Ukraine war has created would be a serious impediment to these Imperialist dreams. Shows how little Labour learned from the Iraq war.
Ask yourself why the US is desperate to prolong the war in Ukraine... selling cheap gas at hugely inflated prices, US companies can make more than $200 million in *profit* per LNG ship. With friends like this, who needs enemies?
We have Gas here why not produce it ourselves and not be dependent on the USA.
If you look at the price of gas and oil on the global stock markets you will see it is at levels before the Ukraine war. Our politicians just us the war as an excuse for their own failing in the energy market pricing. It’s a similar story with people blaming Liz Truss for other problems. Everyone needs a scapegoat.