Energy crisis

The oil wells are running dry,

Companies are going fracking-

Water pollution, risks to health,

Earthquakes they are a-cracking.


Billions spent on holy grail

Of laser-powered fusion.

To recreate the Sun on Earth,

So expensive the delusion!


Nuclear’s the way to go,

All we need is fission.

Handy for bombs as well,

Absurd, deluded mission.


Our giant ball of hydrogen

Gives more energy than we need.

93 million miles away,

Solar power – at light speed.


All we need is lots of glass,

Heliostatic mirrors.

To concentrate the rays

From sun which always shimmers.


Salter had a bright idea,

He hit upon the duck.

But ‘cos of cuts to funding

It was never tried – worse luck.


Blades powering turbines

Can get energy from the wind.

Oil rigs will lie dormant

As off-shore windmills spin.


But where’s the profit  in that?

The chairman shrewdly asks

Selling wind, waves or the Sun,

It’s an impossible task.


So the PR operation starts;

Renewables won’t work.

Stick to oil, nuclear, coal or gas,

Much more bang for my buck.


Meanwhile the Earth is warming up,

CO2, it keeps the heat in.

Floods, tsunamis, tidal waves,

And hypocrites from Eton


All too eager to receive

Lobbyists from Cuadrilla.

They would happily do a deal

With Satan or Godzilla.


We need to rebuild anew,

End this corrupt, vicious farce.

Nationalise, strike, occupy

Get up off our collective arse!



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3 Responses to “Energy crisis”

  1. rlp152 Says:

    Well, I agree with you, even though it’s just a dream.

  2. cartoonmick Says:

    In-depth studies, carried out over the last 45 seconds, confirm there is a direct link between the climate and politics.

    Both climate and politics change over time !! A fact confirmed in the afore mentioned in-depth study.

    “Man” is the main cause of all political change, therefore “Man” is the main cause of climate change.

    The climate is seen as a problem if a particular political party is in power, whereas there is no problem at all to be see with the climate if the opposite party is at the helm.

    So, the simplest way to solve any climate problems is to keep that party “who see no problems”, in power.

    Not only will this save the Earth from certain destruction, it will save a lot of money in the national budget as there’ll be no need for climate science committees, reports, analysis, action etc.

    Prior to the 45 second in-depth study, a cartoon was created, which may, or may not, conflict with the theme of the above summary.

    That climate change cartoon is here . . . . . . . .


    • Walton Andrew Says:

      The climate has indeed changed over geological time, but what is unprecedented is the present rate of climate change. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that anthropogenic (man-made) climate change is a real and urgent threat, and we need to find ways of reducing our carbon dioxide and methane emissions. Furthermore, our capacity to meet the demand for oil is outstripping supply, so that we need to change to other energy sources. I would argue that renewables are the only sensible and sustainable way forward – nuclear fission is too risky and there is no safe way of storing nuclear waste in the long-term, nuclear fusion is some decades away at best, extreme energy (fracking, UCG) is highly damaging, inefficient, has seismic risks and can pollute drinking water. Yet all the main political parties see little problem in continuing with the status quo, as they have been bought out by big business. I would argue that the technology is there to meet our energy demand safely and sustainably, through a combination of wind, wave and solar power, co-operation between countries to share resources and nationalisation of energy companies, to be run democratically as a service rather than for profit. But this isn’t going to happen while the imperative to make profits in the short-term over-rides other considerations. We need socialist ideas to solve the energy crisis. Burying our head in the sand isn’t an option.

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