Monday, January 26, 2009

Tidal energy from the Severn Estuary: Yes...but not at the price of estuary destruction!

The Severn Barrage issue is in the news, with the shortlisting of five tidal energy options. Its a mixed picture, with some good and some bad sides.

Lots of talk about tidal energy and not enough debate and action on having a proper energy strategy. A correctly prioritised energy strategy would put energy efficiency top of the list - why not insulate all homes at no cost to the occupiers (such a scheme quickly pays for itself in saved energy, and thus lower bills, and rapidly reduced carbon emissions)??

Its good news that tidal lagoons will be considered. They offer large amounts of affordable and renewable power at low environmental cost to the estuary.

Its bad news that tidal reefs/fences are not on the list (though they will apparently get money to develop the idea). They too promise lower impacts.

Its even worse news that the Brean/Weston-Super-Mare to Cardiff barrage is on the shortlist. Its environmental impacts are huge and amount to destruction of the estuary. This fails the EU Directive on Habitats and Birds.

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Petition: BBC should reverse its decision not to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza aid appeal

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I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed:

"Reverse BBC decision re: DEC"

I really think this is an important cause, and I'd like to encourage you to add your signature, too.
Further information on the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee and to donate to the Gaza and other appeals: