Jumping Jack Flash
I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
And I howled at my ma in the driving rain,
But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas!
But it's all right. I'm Jumpin' Jack Flash,
It's a Gas! Gas! Gas!
The developing energy crisis makes me think of these lyrics. Although clearly these lyrics were not written to predict from 1968 what would happen in 2005, it is clear that the problems in terms of supply caused by Katrina and Rita are a precursor of difficulties with Gas supply.
The UK has a special problem with Gas because of the "dash for gas". That was the reason why the UK's carbon emissions went down without any action from government - then again the government tend not to act.
Remember the figures we have 600 bcm of reserves and use 100bcm a year.
There is gas elsewhere in the world, but it will be difficult to get and also cost a lot more.
I know a week is a long time in politics, but really we should work on longer timescales.