On-board Greenpeace's "Rainbow Warrior" - 24th October 2008
Sincere thanks go to the crew of The Rainbow Warrior for their professionalism and for looking after all guests on the day. It was
a rare privilege to be able to spend some time with this internationally known iconic vessel that instils both fear (amongst governments)
and great affection (from climate activists). We were taken from within River Ward, picked up from Chatham Maritime Marina pier. The
route tooks us out of the River Medway, past Garrison point and the wreck of S.S. Montgomery out to the Whitstable/Herne Bay wind
A still day found the wind farm eerily static with not enough electricity being produced to power a light bulb.
I cannot share
the enthusiasm of the campaigners aboard or subscribe to the doomsday scenario of a 5 metre rise in Kentish sea levels within a generation
or two but I do admire their enthusiasm. I came away of course better informed but maintaining my view that a mixed bag of power generation
is the best way forward that maintains as far as possible the UK's independence of power provision whilst ensuring that sound economics
underpin our decisions.
The sad fact is that this Labour Government has dithered over the issue of power supply whilst agreeing to
unworkable EU targets and gold plating the UK's commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. This is a complex subject that I'd advise any
who are interested to make their own research and come to their own informed conclusions.