Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Dick "The Cock" Roche: Still Clueless

We'd like to remind you of the blither that Dick Roche was spouting last July about how he'd make sure we weren't getting any of that nasty nuclear electricity. He was sure of it, despite the nonsense from the likes of Padraig McManus, the Electricity Supply Board's Chief Executive, who obviously thinks he knows more about the supply of electricity than the Minister for Electronic Voting does.

In the RTÉ interview in that posting it's put to the minister that "We'll be buying power, essentially, from the nuclear power industry in Britain," to which the Minister's response is simply, "No, we won't." (It's about 3:45-50 into the interview if you want to check.)

We'd also like to draw your attention to an article in today's Irish-ish Independent under the heading, "Nuclear power is fuelling Irish homes via UK grid" (it's here - you'll need to log in but it's free).

The article begins, "NUCLEAR power contributed 0.17pc of the fuel mix used to generate the electricity consumed here in 2005, according to new figures from the Commission for Energy Regulation". That sounds like very little, but the article goes on to say that "about 8MW of power or enough to power a medium-sized town, is derived from nuclear energy". It's also about 8MW more than the Minister clearly said would be the case.

Our suggestion is that we run the 8MW through a socket and get Dick Roche to stick his finger in there: if it's really nothing then he'll be fine. But if he was talking bullshit when he said we wouldn't be buying any electricity from the British nuclear power industry, well, we can all have a laugh and watch him do the Sellafield jitterbug. (Dance, monkey boy, dance...)

The report comes from the Commission for Energy Regulation, who used a method approved by the European Commission to calculate the figures. When will these people learn that they shouldn't be bothering a government minister with facts and reasons when he's trying to do his job?

Interestingly, the stats round the numbers down - 0.17% becomes 0% - so none of the six suppliers of electricity into the Irish market is listed as supplying nuclear power.

Next time you here Roche protesting against Sellafield you can rest assured he's talking bollocks. But, in fairness, he's not always wrong: he's maybe right 0.17% of the time.