by Jerome a Paris
Tue Jan 5th, 2010 at 09:50:52 AM EST
Britain facing gas shortages as freezing weather continues
Britain is braced for the prospect of running short of gas as the country is gripped by one of the coldest winters for a century.
For the second time ever, the National Grid yesterday issued a warning to energy providers that demand for gas is threatening to outstrip supply.
The article notes that the first time that warning was issued was in March 2006. when I look at my Russian-Ukrainian gas series
, I see a large concentration of articles at that time (the first crisis with Ukraine was actually in early January of that year), suggesting that politicians in the UK found it expedient to blame problems on some familiar and plausible enemy rather than own up to their lack of energy policy.
Hopefully, this time, the big announcements due later his week on offshore wind (as discussed in my story below) will provide a better way for the British government to talk about energy. But just in case, let me provide a link to my November story: Some predictions on the forthcoming Russian-Ukrainian gas 'crisis'...