Its hard to believe that most of the country is still without mains gas,
OK so its mostly the green bits but there seems to be very little being
done about expanding the network, I have not had gas in a house since
1985 and this was especially galling when I lived less than 1/2 a mile
from a high pressure line
A daughter has no hope of getting mains gas - she does use bottled gas but
mostly electricity. So do all her neighbours - but when you're half way up a
Welsh mountain you're quite a way from a high pressure line. She's just
grateful for electricity. Getting BT to run a line to her farm buildings was
a difficult job.
But the concept of heating other than wood burning is a novelty she's not
even though of!
I remember a few years ago reading about vast blocks of the stuff lying
around on the ocean floor - as a solid due to the pressure at that depth. At
the moment the cost of extraction is sort of similar to getting a man to
Mars, but if prices go up enough I expect someone will devise a way to get
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