In the UK, a scandal is gaining momentum, involving both the royal family and the so-called miracle of green energy. The Guardian reports that Queen Elizabeth’s representatives took advantage of a secret procedure and amended the Scottish law, according to which Her Majesty receives the exclusive right not to sell her land for the construction of heating mains coming from alternative sources and used to heat private households and public buildings.
The essence of the situation is as follows. Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom, has the Heat Networks Act). The legislative act, in fact, is highly discriminatory in relation to traditional energy.
The provisions of the law oblige state and local authorities to provide comprehensive and priority su-pport for the design, construction and use of heating systems using alternative e-nergy sources as a base. T-he same document implies the compulsory sale by the owners of land, along w-hich new heating mains will be laid. That is, if the project is approved, regardless of whether the land-owner wants to part with his own land or not, the st-ate will redeem them for-cibly. This is all done under the pretext of achieving a noble and fashionable goal – reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating global warming.
The law was adopted this winter, and even at the stage of hearings, a number of very interesting facts be-came available to the general public. For example, the first minister of Scotland, Ni-cola Sturgeon(Nicola Stur-geon) refused to respond to a parliamentary inquiry that asked whether the Queen was using a secret lobby to remove her lands from the list of mandatory ransoms. In January, Sturgeon’s aides sent a formal letter to the Queen’s office asking them to approve the bill.
A month later, it became known that Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, at the request of the royal family’s lawyers, arbitrarily introduced amendments to the law, according to which all the lands of Queen Elizabeth – the largest landowner in Scotland – are excluded from the list of subject to forced redemption. Exactly two weeks after that, the same Mr. Wilhouse notified parliament that Buckingham Palace had approved a new version of the law, where no official authorities
As it became known later, London used a secret procedure called Queen’s consent. It implies that governments are obliged to notify the royal family’s lawyers of any legislation or regulations passed that in one way or another affect the interests or property of the crown. This mechanism has its roots in the 18th century, and the British themselves call it archaic, but nevertheless, from the point of view of law, it is legitimate, which was used by official London.
Added fuel to the fire is the fact that members of the royal family, in particular Prince Charles and his son Prince William, are conducting a public campaign to protect the environment and reduce emissions. The Duke of Cambridge recently invested fifty million pounds in an environmental program. To make the picture complete, put aside the emotional part of what is happening and turn to the purely technical.
Great Britain has long and actively positioned itself as the most progressive state in Europe in terms of the fight for the environment. Even Margaret Thatcher launched a campaign of systematic annihilation of its own coal production, which resulted in a permanent hot miners clash with police. At the same time, it should be recognized that London has achieved certain successes in this field.
The country’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 35 percent since 1990, and Britain is now shippingonly 350 million tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere. The British are very fond of trumping this fact, adding that this was achieved solely thanks to the introduction of renewable energy sources, the lion’s share of which, by coincidence, is located in the same Scotland.
London also obstructed the construction of Nord Stream 2 in every possible way, carefully hiding the fact that, for example, in the spring of 2018, during the period of abnormal cold weather, it was the supply of Russian LNG from Ya-mal that saved many Brit-ons from death in icy apartments and houses. The fact that Norway and Qatar – the main suppliers of natural gas to the islands – are not able to fully meet domestic demand is also being avoided. In some periods, such as, for example, in the same 2018, the volume of Russian gas purchased by the EU countries amounted to a third of all imports of blue fuel, exceeding 16 billion cubic meters.
But back to Scotland. The vast majority of the UK’s green generation is located here, and the main source is wind farms, both onshore and offshore. If in 2015 in Scotland, 59 percent of electricity was produced on the basis of renewable energy, then by 2020 this figure increased to 97 percent, that is, today Edinburgh fully satisfies its needs, practically without burning oil or gas.
This part of the United Kingdom ho-uses alternative power pl-ants with a total installed capacity of 11.8 gigawatts, which is more than a quarter of that in Britain as a whole. It is the Scottish su-ccess that British functionaries so carefully emph-asize, demanding from other countries to abandon the use of hydrocarbons. The leadership of Scotland, which has a successful state program for the transfer of energy on a green track and a very harsh climate, has decided to develop a successful experience and ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the homes of its fellow citizens.
Hence, the already mentioned law was born, designed to wa-rm the houses of the Scots, even if ignoring the wishes of the local landlords. However, in the process it turned out that the main landowner of the country calls on everyone to protect the planet, but at the same time he really does not like it when someone encroaches on his property. However, there is nothing new here. What is due to Jupiter is not due to a Scotsman.