Thirty two years ago, the Falkland Islands were invaded by the Argentinian Junta – a fascist dictatorship bent on reclaiming the Falkland Islands as their own. At the cost of 258 British lives, the Falkland Islands were reclaimed due to the bravery of Her Majesty's finest. Cast your minds back even further. During the 1970's winter of discontent – rolling blackouts were introduced to conserve electricity, with each city free from electricity for a set number of hours each night. The industrial action taken by the miners crippled the UK's ability to produce energy.
At first there does not seem to be any relation between these two seperate events. However, with all due respect, their relevance to modern life in Britain is more than most can appreciate. A country requires a 15-20% spare capacity to be considered free from risk, that is – 15-20% extra energy generated than that of which the country consumes. According to OFGEM (the regulators of the gas and electricity markets in the UK), the UK's spare capacity will drop to 4% by next year, dangerously close to no spare capacity whatsoever. The UK faces an energy crisis, and if action is not taken – the rolling blackouts of the 1970's could become a norm of everyday life in the United Kingdom.
Rolling blackouts may not seem like a problem, after all – only a small number of people are awake in the early hours of the morning. However, the main problem of rolling blackouts is it's effect on crime and the economy. Society today relies on electricity to keep society in order. Undoubtedly, emergency services such as the police and indeed hospitals would likely be exempt from the blackouts. Many forms of security however, such as CCTV; alarms; barriers; and some locks – all require electricity to work – and these businesses would suffer.
The Falklands may hold the key to solving the UK's energy crisis. The Falklands Islands four biggest prospect areas are estimated to realistically contain eight billion barrels of oil in each area, with upper estimates reaching a gargantuan 60 billion barrels worth of oil in total. The oil can not only secure Britain's energy security, but can also contribute to the British economy. The first oil is sated to be obtained by as early as 2018, but with some oil drilling companies beginning drilling In 2015 – we could be looking at oil sooner than we think.
It is now more important than ever to defend British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, not only to protect the British citizens living in the island, but to solidify the energy security of the United Kingdom.