Murr has just put me in mind of the shocking waste of a natural resource which is the Severn Estuary, a few miles away from our compact but adorable city apartment.
The Severn Estuary has the second highest tide in the world - the mean average is over 20 feet and it can rise even higher than that.
The idea is simple. You create a series of tidal lagoon generators on both sides of the estuary. As the tide rises, the huge tonnage of water rotates the turbines of the generator. As it falls, it rotates the turbines again. The above diagram is the type being proposed for Swansea in Wales, but there are different designs, some of which store the high tide in a reservoir so it can be released back into the ocean by choice.
The generators cost a small fraction of the amount it takes to build a nuclear power station and have the added advantage of not producing toxic waste which takes thousands of years to degrade, and they don't keep you awake at night worrying about the prospect of a disaster such as happened in Japan and Russia a while ago. No need to cancel that Butlins holiday at Minehead, for instance.
Now we have left the EU there should be no excuse for not taking advantage of the fact that we really are an island - surrounded water on all sides - is there?
Most of the electricity generation for Great Britain is provided by the French company, EDF - with money from both British and Chinese government investment. Our electricity here in Bath is provided by a Malaysian company. Hard to believe, but true. Successive governments have not wanted to upset them by denying them the opportunity to make money from British householders and businesses, especially now that we are desperate for foreign investment, having turned ourselves into an ideological island as well as a physical one.
And B.J. says that British lorry drivers should drive British lorries.
Anyway, I have bored even myself with this post so I think I'll write another one.