EDITOR – I suppose we must congratulate Coun Colin Davie on his victory over the installation of pylons on our countryside, but I’m afraid it is just another tiny pyrrhic victory against the installation of these monstrosities in the first place.
RWE is a German company who wouldn’t consider building a wind farm in English waters were it not for the huge subsidy they receive from the British Government or, more accurately, the British taxpayers and consumers.
I recall reading about a similar farm being built in Holkham bay, Norfolk – so the gusts of wind that blow off the Norfolk coast are now being harnessed by Norwegians, using German, Dutch and Danish machinery, then sold on to French electricity distribution giant EDF before finally being bought by the British consumer – at an astronomical cost of course.
There was a very good reason why those operating windmills gleefully gave them up and turned to steam engines at the start of the Industrial Revolution and, in a sane world, the same circumstances should logically apply to these giant blots on the landscape.
One very apt example – who can forget the recent bitter spell of weather in December 2010?
On the coldest day that month, when the demand for life-protecting electricity in Britain reached over 60,000MW, the contribution from all our wind farms, (3,500-plus turbines) with a ‘supposed’ capacity of 5,000MW was between 200 and 300MW!
In actual fact, the output, as opposed to ‘capacity’ of all our 3,500 wind turbines put together, averaged 1,160MW last year, less than is generated, unsubsidised, by a single large gas-fired power station at only a tiny fraction of the cost.
Our donkeys years old, reliable, coal-fired Drax power station generates a massive 3,960MW and we have an abundance of coal under our soil.
Incidentally, this Triton Knoll, for all its huge cost, will generate only a ‘supposed’ 1,200MW, meaning about 400MW if we’re lucky – but the owners will get paid even if the wind doesn’t blow.
The Chinese, who seem to make everything we buy in our shops, use 3.2 billion (yes, billion) metric tonnes of coal each year to power their economy; in fact, China, with its coal-fired power stations, is increasing its CO2 emissions each year by an amount greater than the UK’s entire annual output.
But we have a ‘Green’ government and, by heaven, we long-suffering British public are going to pay for protecting the planet.
We will also have to pay out further billions for the essential dozens of gas-fired power stations that will still have to be built to keep running on ‘spinning reserve’ as back-up, for the 70 or per cent of the time the wind doesn’t blow!
Britain has signed (by Ed Miliband) an obligation under the Climate Change Act to cut our CO2 emissions by 80 per cent before 2050 (the UK being the only country in the world committed by law to do this), which by our own Government figures would cost every household nearly £5,000 per year until 2050. So we can expect in our future, not only the most expensive electricity in the advanced world, but also long periods when it simply won’t be available – even could we afford it. A bit like living in Baghdad.
One way of getting rid of the old and poor, I suppose, killing them off with hypothermia.
But the other implications in a world dominated by computers are also horrendous. Back to Third World status in seconds, with what’s left of our industry and commerce doing a bunk to countries that have sane energy polices.
And all this misery for what? When the first Climategate emails first appeared it was obvious the global warming scare was the greatest scientific scandal of our generation.
The Mediterranean-type climate we were told we should have been basking in by now, like predictions of the end of the world, clearly never appeared. Indeed, we now know the planet hasn’t warmed up at all in the past 15 years.
In fact, the new anxiety now is that around 2022, when we will be experiencing another mini ‘ice age’, like that of 1790 to 1830 or, even worse, the one from 1645 and 1715 when the Thames froze.
Then we had a population of five million hardy souls – now it’s 60 million to feed, clothe and keep warm.
But our politicians have fallen for the warming scam hook line and sinker and when we view the insanity of the measures they have imposed on us in consequence, we know we are looking at a collective flight from reality which has no precedent in our history.
God help us.
Monks Dyke Road, Louth