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David Cameron and Nick Clegg contemplating their future together

 

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS COALITION - LET'S PUT THAT BEHIND US - David Cameron, the then new prime minister, welcomed his deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, to Downing Street in 2010.

 

 

The Liberal Democrats joined forces with the Conservatives in 2010 following a General Election revelation from voters that the public had no real preference for any of the election promises - mainly because the policies were all so lacklustre - or the voters believed that they would come to naught, which amounts to the same thing - and they did in terms of climate change, because as a nation we are failing to reach our EU agreed targets with Michael Gove being summoned to Europe in January 2018 because of our abysmal performance.

 

Under the leadership of Sir Vincent Cable, we are hopeful that the national debt might be reduced by investing in Blue growth and Renewable Energy. We also hope that low carbon transport will be high on the agenda, where at the moment there are only 14,000 charging points in the UK for 25,000,000 million vehicles.

 

 

Sample network of electric vehicle service stations in the United Kingdom

 

 

The UK needs a Climate Action Plan for EVs and a strong Government to see it through - to provide energy for 25 million low carbon vehicles before 2050.  This Climate Action Plan for Electric Vehicles (CAPEV), must mesh with house building of necessity for a SMART solution. A Circular Economy must be built on sound economics, based on reliable statistics.

 

If the average driver in the UK travels 10,000 miles per year and let us suppose (for example) that this person operated a BMW i3 as we do, they will need to charge up 125 times in a year x 20kW = 2,500 kWh (2.5Mwh). Multiply this by 10 million vehicles (under half the 25 million licensed vehicles) and we are going to need a whole lot of load leveling, or sharing, or something in between. Where 10 million x  2.5Mw = 25 million Mwh (25 Terawatts). 25TWh is not a lot compared to the overall UK energy use in 2014. 2014 is used as a bench mark where 2017 information is not sufficiently freely available in 2018.

EV EFFICIENCY

 

Electric vehicle efficiency is considerably higher than IC vehicles to begin with, and so is the supply chain, and only EVs can use clean renewable energy as electrical energy. If we used 100TWh to cover all of our transport needs in the UK, that would represent an enormous saving in our energy bill, help to pay off our debts and reduce carbon output all at the same time.

 

Electric cars should last longer than IC, with fewer moving parts. The i3 is mostly made of composite material and aluminium, so that rusting may not be a problem. This could mean that manufacturing for transport also sees an energy reduction - benefiting climate change reductions and sustainability.

 

CURRENT ELECTRICITY USAGE

 

Energy use in the United Kingdom stood at 2,249 TWh (193.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent) in 2014. This equates to energy consumption per capita of 34.82 MWh (3.00 tonnes of oil equivalent) compared to a 2010 world average of 21.54 MWh (1.85 tonnes of oil equivalent). Demand for electricity in 2014 was 34.42GW on average (301.7TWh over the year) coming from a total electricity generation capacity of 335.0TWh.

 

Britain's trade deficit was reduced by 8% due to substantial cuts in energy imports. Between 2007 and 2015, the UK's peak electrical demand fell from 61.5 GW to 52.7.GW.

As recently as 2004, the UK was a net exporter of energy. By 2010, more than 25% of UK energy was imported. With the high cost of importing, we should be concentrating on building our domestic renewables capacity. Some of this could be achieved, or offset, with mico and macro generation.

 

ON STREET CHARGING - If we are to provide enough charging points to cope with an all electric 2040, we will need to install around 280,000 units per year for the next 22 years. That is 767 charging points a day, based on the assumption that one in four cars will be charging at any one time in 2040 and not the full Monty. There will not be a charging point for every car, but realistically, we are never going to install 767 stations every day and home charging will help us out a bit.

 

 

COALITION ENVIRONMENT PROMISES 2010

 

In pursuit of the parties' policies on creation of "a low carbon and eco-friendly economy", a range of measures would be adopted. In transport, a high speed rail network would be established, while the proposed third runway at London Heathrow Airport would be cancelled, and no new runways would be approved for London Gatwick Airport or London Stansted Airport.

The legislation required for the building of new nuclear power stations would proceed, without public subsidy for the projects. Any new coal-fired power stations would be required to implement carbon capture and storage, while the targets for energy from renewable sources would be increased, subject to the advice of the Climate Change Committee.

Other measures include a smart grid, smart meters and feed-in tariffs, a green investment bank would be created, and promotion of anaerobic digestion of waste for energy, marine energy, home energy improvement, green spaces and wildlife corridors, and electric vehicle recharging networks. Home Information Packs would be abolished, albeit retaining the energy performance certificates. Import or export of illegal timber would be criminalized.

BUDGET DEFICIT PROMISES 2010

To tackle the budget deficit and national debt, the agreement detailed "significantly accelerated reduction in the structural deficit" over the Parliament, with 6,000,000,000 cuts to be made in the financial year 201011, with plans to be published in an emergency budget within fifty days. Here is 2018, we are deeper in debt than in 2010. Clearly, neither Conservative nor Coalition policies have worked.

 

 

 

Vince Cable

 

Vince Cable Leader

MP for Twickenham

 

Jo Swinson

 

Jo Swinson Deputy Leader

MP East Dunbartonshire

 

Tom Brake

 

Tom Brake Brexit

MP Carshalton & Wallington

 

Alistair Carmichael

 

Alistair Carmichael Commons Whip

MP Orkney and Shetland

 

Ed Davey

 

Ed Davey Home Affairs

MP Kingston & Surbiton

 

 

Tim Farron Environment

MP Westmorland & Lonsdale

 

 

Wera Hobhouse Food

MP for Bath

 

 

Christine Jardine - Scotland

MP Edinburgh-West

 

 

Norman Lamb Shadow Health

MP North Norfolk

 

 

Stephen Lloyd - Pensions

MP for Eastbourne

 

 

Layla Moran Education

MP Oxford West & Abingdon

 

 

Jamie Stone Defence

MP Caithness, Sutherland, Easter Ross

 

 

 

The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:

 

CONSERVATIVE PARTY

CO-OPERATIVE PARTY

DEMOCRAT UNIONIST PARTY

GREEN PARTY

LABOUR PARTY

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

PLAID CYMRU

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY

SINN FEIN

SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC AND LABOUR PARTY

UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY

ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY

 

 

We are concerned with how the make up of the above parties and (reasonably) popular policies affects the citizen in United Kingdom with regard to heath, wealth and sustainability, but as our charity is located in the Wealden district, this seems to be a good place to start our investigations and lobbying for change.

 

We are all brothers on two islands in the Atlantic Ocean and what we do or fail to do is likely to rebound on ourselves and our fellow man in other nations around the world. How we act today influences policies in other countries in our global community. It is not just about us and our patch.

 

 

DISTRICT & BOROUGH COUNCILS

 

East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are: 

 

Eastbourne Borough Council

Hastings Borough Council

Lewes District Council 

Rother District Council 

Wealden District Council

 

There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.

 

As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.

 

 

 

 

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