The other big energy story I missed the start of, is the prospective tanker-drivers' nonsense. As it happens I don't think the government has done much wrong, however easy it is to sneer & make low-grade political capital. The miners' strike demonstrated rather dramatically that inventory is everything in this game, and a fortnight of panic buying may treble the inventory and reduce consumption, too. Won't win the battle on its own, but it sure helps: and recognising the importance of this (of which more anon) is straight from the Tony Blair play-book.
We should also elevate our gaze to the price of crude oil. It has been range-bound for many weeks now, as have several other key commodities, and despite a recent spate of stories stressing how much oil there is on the planet I'd say a break-out in the upwards direction looks by far the most likely (just MHO etc etc). In fact the stories reinforce my view, since they look orchestrated - all of a piece with the Cameron/Obama summit and various other indicators of trouble in the pipeline, so to speak. Steep backwardation, too: and all at a time of countries falling back one by one into recession.
Which brings us back to the politics of energy shortage. That voters don't like empty fuel tanks is clearly imprinted firmly in government thinking. They had better remember (and I think they do - see previous post) that power cuts are, if anything, even less popular. But it still needs to be played adroitly, strategy and tactics, long-term and short-term.
Lights go out, government goes out. It's an old equation - ask Ted Heath.