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TV star says UK must deal with energy crisis

Television presenter Noel Edmonds has spoken out about an emerging “energy crisis” which he believes is about to engulf the UK.

Although more famous for presenting Deal or No Deal and Noel’s House Party than analysing energy issues, Mr Edmonds questioned the Government’s energy policy in a page long feature in the Daily Mirror today (Monday June 9).

He called on people to put pressure on their MPs and local authorities to take action to protect security of supply.

Mr Edmonds, who is a key supporter of the Renewable Energy Foundation, said: “I am not a campaigner. I am an informer. I am very frightened for myself and for my family. I am very concerned for the marginalised, the low paid, the vulnerable in society who are not going to be able to afford to light and heat their homes.

“We now have a massive dependency on gas. If - and it’s a big if – we can get gas in the future, it is mainly going to come from Russia, Iran and North Africa, volatile political states who can hold the UK to ransom by simply turning a valve. China and India are now consuming so much gas there simply is not going to be enough for little old UK. And our politicians are doing nothing to protect our interests – which is why we’re having power cuts.”

Mr Edmonds said the Government’s policy of encouraging wind farms was “fatally flawed” and hugely expensive while it had also failed to effectively replace or refurbish existing power stations.

He added: “We should be putting a huge investment into energy conservation. We shuld be turning off unnecessary traffic lights, street lights, lights in offices at night and during the day.

“These are uncomfortable facts. Supermarkets might have to go back to six-day opening as we haven’t got enough energy. Major projects such as airport expansions and new towns should be shelved.”

For the full Daily Mirror story click here