Following last week’s news that energy prices in the UK were set to rise by 11.1 per cent, the issue of energy rose to the top of the political agenda. But while the Lib-Con coalition government and the Labour opposition have offered competing policies to tackle the squeeze on the British bill-payer in the short-term, there has been a dearth of forward-thinking investment into new, more efficient, and, in the long-term, cheaper forms of energy. This is all underpinned by the frugal way in which we’re told to approach energy consumption today, with environmentalists telling us to switch off the lights to reduce our carbon footprint, and even the prime minister advising us to put on another jumper to keep the heating bill down in the winter months. In this week’s edition of ‘On-Air, Off-Message’, I speak to Professor James Woudhuysen about why we need more innovation in the energy sector so we can produce more power than ever, rather than just make the most of what we have.
‘We’ve gone from megawatts to negawatts’
Podcast: Professor James Woudhuysen explains why investment in new forms of energy is a price worth paying.
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