Media and the Energy Debate

In the recent years, energy has been receiving a lot of attention from the media. In addition to reporting about the rising and falling prices, new projects and plans for the future, the media are also extremely interested in the search for the alternatives to the currently primary sources of energy, especially oil and coal which are seen as the leading cause of the global warming. As a result, the energy debate in the media is being dominated by renewable sources of energy.

Are Renewables Really the Solution?

One thing is clear, the existing energy policy is not sustainable in the long term. The primary energy sources are fossil fuels which will eventually run out. But what is perhaps even more concerning is that in the meanwhile, they may cause an irreparable damage to our planet. There is a widespread agreement that fossil fuels are the main culprit of the rising temperatures in the recent years and if they will continue to be burned at the current rate, the global warming may become irreversible.

To lower the greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and meet the growing demand for energy, more and more countries are turning to renewables as their alternative. The same counts for the UK where the use of coal and oil has declined significantly, with the exception in transportation, mainly due to increased travelling and growing number of vehicles. Unfortunately, much of the energy used in the country is obtained from natural gas, which is a non-renewable source of energy and electricity, half of which is generated by burning coal and oil. However, the use of renewable sources has been rising steadily and in 15 to 20 years from now, about 40 percent of all energy used in the UK is expected to be generated from renewables. This means than more than half of all energy used will still come from somewhere else.

Projections Reveal the Use of a Diverse Mix of Energy Sources

The projections of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) for the future reveal that the UK will be using a diverse mix of energy sources including fossil fuels. The good news is that their amounts will continue to fall, especially in the production of electrical energy. The use of renewables, on the other hand, will continue to rise. The same goes for nuclear power which has been raising a lot of concern about safety, especially after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.