THE SHEER FOLLY OF WIND FARMS
David Bellamy , one of our leading
conservationists, a blistering attack...
WHENEVER I've been sailing, I've
found the wind pretty unpredictable. A ruddy big storm ONE MINUTE, and
then, as soon as you've got the hang of it, the sails flap, the wind's
gone and the boat doesn't move for HOURS.
I know you're probably not
interested in my nautical adventures - even though it's been said I bear
an uncanny likeness to Captain Birdseye - but the MINISTERS who've just
approved the world's biggest WIND FARM in the Thames Estuary should BE.
Because in their rush to blanket our
wonderful countryside and now the seascape, with thousands of these
infernal turbines - many higher than St Paul's Cathedral - they seemed
to have overlooked the simple fact that the wind does not blow every
minute of the day.
Yes, it might sometimes feel like it
when you've out there in your boat in the Thames Estuary -where a
consortium including the likes of SHELL are now almost certain to build
341 turbines over 90 square miles of sea, a site as big as 23,000
But the reality is, these socking great
turbines 12 miles of Kent and Essex, between Margate and Clacton will
spend most of their life idle
Standing 600 feet tall and with vast
'wingspans to catch whatever breeze there might be, they'll work for
Only 30 per cent of the time at
-because the wind won't be
blowing all the time.
NOW that would not be a problem if we
could store all the electricity produced when it's really stormy to be
used in the lean times when the sea is CALM. But there is no plan to do
that, and anyway it would be prohibitively expensive..
So this vast WIND FARM, this wonderful
GREEN solution to our ENERGY SUPPLY that MINISTERS have set their hearts
on, will have to back-up conventional power for the times when NOTHING
BLOWS OUT AT SEA.
If it doesn't, the lights, kettles TVs
-and everything else in the million or so homes the Consortium claims
the turbines will power- will be switched off when the wind dies down.
You might think that , as a life-long
conservationist, I would be in favour of
AND EVEN though they are BIG-UGLY and
HUGELY damaging to WILDLIFE, you'd be RIGHT -
IF THEY DID WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED
BUT since they DON'T -
and since they need conventional power
as a back-up anyway -
they aren't in any way helping to
conserve OUR ENVIRONMENT
QUITE THE REVERSE.
If the Government has its way, the
MOST BEAUTIFUL AND WILD LANDSCAPES IN
THE UPLANDS Of BRITAIN WILL CONTINUE TO BE DESECRATED BY THESE
As a Dutch electrical engineer with
vast experience of WIND-FARMS said recently:
'It seems strange that promoters of
WIND energy never mention the significant disadvantage of WIND
NAMELY, its complete UNRELIABILITY.
'One might justifiably suspect that a
hidden personal or political agenda Is at play here.'
HE IS RIGHT
There is a political agenda. In the
Queen's Speech last month, Britain's first BILL to combat GLOBAL WARMING
made it a legal requirement for future Governments to slash green house
gas emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.
To help achieve this , an Energy White
Paper will be published in March to boost renewable technology, such as
WIND and TIDAL POWER.
So enthralled is our GOVERNMENT by WIND
TURBINES that it has made sure they are subsidised to the tune of
hundreds of millions of pounds, while all the time pretending that
ELECTRICITY produced by these new SATANIC MILLS is not only the answer
to all our environmental ills BUT also CHEAP.
This 'GREEN' subsidy comes in the very
complicated form of
'Renewable Obligation Certificates or
ROC's [Right off centre?]
The Electricity Industry has to supply
a certain percentage from renewable sources. If they FAIL to reach their
TARGET -which is currently about five per cent but growing -they are
FINED by the ENERGY WATCHDOG -OFGEN.
For every megawatt hour of energy
produced from a renewable source, the Industry receives a ROC from Ofgen
as an incentive.
These ROCs are then bought on the open
along with the electricity itself
by the distribution companies for
approximately £45 per megawatt hour.The effect is to double the
wholesale price of electricity, which these distribution companies send
on to our homes.
AND WHO IS PAYING FOR ALL THIS?
YOU and ME, in our soaring
It is a stealth tax no one is
talking about because ,so far the GOVERNMENT -has managed to KEEP IT
Experts I know in this field have
worked out that the Thames Estuary project will receive approximately
£153,000,000 per year
-in ROC subsidy.
According to the Commons Public Account
Committee, the total cost of subsidies paid to renewable suppliers could
£5,000,000,000 by 2010
By any standards, that is a vast
amount of money.
[Compare it to Tony's illegal war in
Iraq which has already cost well over this figure and the recent comment
from Washington that the American taxpayer is paying £2billion a week
and this will escalate if Bush intends to increase the total number of
soldiers to endeavour to gain temporary control before they pull out.]
LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR
I AM ALL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
I can get very passionate about
generating the energy of tomorrow. My own personal favourites are TIDAL
POWER and concentrated SOLAR POWER -with vast FARMS of MIRRORS in the
hot deserts of North Africa and Arabia could produce huge amounts
of ELECTRICITY that could be sent to EUROPE
It is vital that we improve energy
conservation, too. Why isn't the Government putting more money into
subsidising loft insulation or energy-saving lightbulbs?
Think of it this way: given the current
of WIND-FARMS, just two LONG-LIFE bulbs used in every one of the
25million households in the UK would save as much energy as ALL the
TURBINES in this country are NOW PRODUCING.
It would be far more sensible
for the Government to buy 50 million long-life light bulbs and hand them
out across Britain than to throw all this money at WIND-FARMS.
Windfarm supporters are abound
with tales of how much carbon dioxide emissions they cut.
Because wind speeds in this country are so variable
because the TURBINES themselves are so inefficient: and because fossil
or nuclear-led back-up will be necessary, the savings in carbon dioxide
emissions are nothing like they're cracked up TO BE.
Indeed, the Government's own figures
show that even if they meet their target, global carbon dioxide levels
would fall by an amount so insignificant as to be barely measurable, let
alone having any impact on climate change.
WE NEED to be told whether the
Industry is economically viable without the subsidies it receives.
WE NEED to be told whether the
manufacture of a TURBINE FARM -
up to the point when the blades
start spinning -
actually creates more carbon
than it saves
BECAUSE WITHOUT ALL THAT VITAL INFORMATION, WE'RE SAILING
AGAINST THE WIND.
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