We Need to Talk About Wind Farms…
by James Delingpole: Inside
the Seething Green Roach Pit Where They EAT Their Own
prices may rise by a third, says our disastrous secretary
of state of energy and climate change Chris Huhne. Rubbish. Theyre
going to rise by a hell of a lot more than that before he is finished.
Alternative energy, let us never forget, is just that: an alternative
to energy. Wind power and solar power are so risibly inefficient
that the only way they can ever be economically viable is with lashings
and lashings of taxpayer subsidy. Nuclear power would be much more
effective but Huhne has effectively ruled it out. Why? Because in
Huhnes bizarre Weltanschauung, its OK for the taxpayer
to subsidise low-carbon energy that doesnt work (wind, solar)
but not low-carbon energy that does work (nuclear).
not Huhnes breathtaking hypocrisy, ignorance and eco-fanaticism
I want to talk about today. Rather I want to focus on just one aspect
of it: his plan to carpet Britain in wind farms. What I should like
to know is how many of you are with me on this one. It seems to
me that at the moment we are sleepwalking towards the greatest environmental
disaster of our lifetimes: in the name of alleviating something
distant and imaginary Climate Change our
government is now committed to the destruction of the British landscape.
And what Im not sensing, yet, is any kind of serious, concerted
We need a figurehead.
(Not me, unfortunately. I aint got the time or the fame or
the diplomatic skills.) We need somebody who can galvanise ordinary
British people into saving their countryside before its too
late. Ideally that figurehead would have been the Prince of Wales.
But as I
explained in last weeks Spectator the Prince has
rather ruled himself out of that one. Alan Titchmarsh? Hes
the only name that immediately springs to mind, but perhaps you
can suggest others.
Next we need
money to counter all the propaganda which is spewed out, much of
it at taxpayers expense of course, by quangos like the Carbon
Trust, by schools, by organisations like Renewable UK (formerly
the British Wind Energy Association) each of them repeating
the same fundamental lies: that CO2 is a pollutant (not a plant
food); that Man-Made Climate Change is a serious, pressing threat;
that wind farms are the solution.
though, we need to stop kidding ourselves that if only we concentrate
on how thoroughly marvellous Michael Gove is or what a splendid
idea elected police chiefs are, this nasty, scary energy policy
our Coalition has decided to foist on us will somehow magically
evaporate. At the moment, we seem to be allowing their spokesmen
to get away with all manner of nonsense, such as:
needs to set an example on CO2 reduction.
No it doesnt.
At least not unless you believe in futile, suicidal gestures. Chinas
burgeoning CO2 output alone is more than enough to wipe out any
paltry emissions Britain makes by going low carbon.
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