Walt Patterson On Energy

54 years and counting

We have been here before. The catch-phrases are all too familiar - energy and supply security, environmental destruction, fuel poverty, rocketing prices, resource depletion, waste and pollution, the whole grim repertoire - now with the climate crisis ever more alarming - and nuclear power the 'solution'. Unhappily, a new generation of politicians, commentators and activists appears to know no history.

Today's pronouncements and policies resemble uncannily those we struggled with and suffered from, not merely years but decades ago. The philosopher George Santayana put it bluntly: 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it'.

Are we condemned? Can we remember, and learn? Against the odds I continue to hope.

© Walt Patterson 2024