Kwasi Kwarteng può affermare che Storm Arwen è stato "un evento di cui non abbiamo visto per 60 anni" (Preparati per condizioni meteorologiche più estreme, I britannici hanno avvertito sulla scia della tempesta Arwen, 1 dicembre), ma anno 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.
Allo stesso tempo, 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. Ancora, as is being proven, il 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 e 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.