Despite many extreme weather events during the past 120 years, human ingenuity has lifted living standards and life expectancy inexorably. Way beyond the wildest dreams of our forebears. The abundance of reliable, affordable, fossil fuel energy being key to our advancement. Recently we have been conditioned (fooled) to feel guilty about our own success.

The proposal by Graviticity to construct a renewable energy storage facility at the former Knapton gas well is going to tick a lot of ‘net zero’ boxes. It has already secured a £912,000 grant, no doubt more will follow. Many of our virtue signalling councillors will fall over themselves to be associated with such a scheme, which may or may not be viable. With the headline target “supplying electricity to 9,000 homes for an hour” you may wonder, which hour of the day would be most appropriate? It takes 11 hours to charge an electric car and we are all supposed to aspire to drive one. Too bad if the sun isn’t shining and there’s no wind. Is it perhaps just a vanity project? What will happen when the guilt-racked Extinction Rebellion types cannot charge their smartphones?

We do now have a worsening energy crisis and a worsening food crisis. Both exacerbated fighting the imaginary climate crisis.

“You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” – A Lincoln John Hicks, Cawton