Kwasi Kwarteng kan beweer dat Storm Arwen “'n gebeurtenis was waarvan ons nog nie gesien het nie. 60 jare” (Berei voor vir meer ekstreme weer, Britte gewaarsku na aanleiding van Storm Arwen, 1 Desember), maar jaar in, year out we are seeing more, and stronger, storms bringing snow or floods and power outages to most areas of the country. Hardly surprising, as the pattern is predicted in climate change models and is increasingly becoming people’s lived experience.
Op dieselfde tyd, to combat global heating, we need to move to a future where we are ever more reliant on clean, green electricity for our heating, cooking and transport. Tog, as is being proven, die National Grid is not resilient enough to cope with these regular events that leave people without power for days. Can we be assured that the proposed £10bn investment in the grid between 2021 en 2026 will provide that resilience? The figure seems trivial compared with the suffering of people and disruption to business caused by Storm Arwen, with some still awaiting reconnection.