Dr Benny Peiser: UK Energy Minister S​ignals Wind Farms Ar​e A Dead End​

Posted: November 1, 2012 by tallbloke in Energy, government, Politics, wind

From Dr Benny Peiser at the GWPF:

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said there needs to be a “debate” about wind farms, after one of his Tory ministers claimed there are too many turbines “peppering” the countryside. The Prime Minister said there is “no change towards renewable energy”, despite John Hayes’s promise to call a halt to the march of wind farms because “enough is enough”. However, he hinted the number of wind farms could be reviewed after the UK meets targets set by the European Union, which dictate that Britain must get 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020. –Rowena Mason, The Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2012 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/9645858/David-Cameron-calls-for-debate-on-wind-farms.html)

Young families in Britain face the toughest winter since the 1850s, an expert warned yesterday. Millions will be plunged into the kind of fuel poverty last seen in Dickensian times because of the relentless rise in energy bills, it is feared. Financial commentator Jasmine Birtles said: “A quarter of young households will significantly struggle to make ends meet over the coming months.” –Western Daily Press, 30 October 2012 (http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/Fuel-bills-lead-8216-Dickensian-8217-winter/story-17198222-detail/story.html)

Britain’s Energy Minister John Hayes said policy should not be based on some ‘bourgeois left article of faith.’ –James Chapman and Matt Chorley, Daily Mail, 31 October 2012 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225531/Minister-signals-end-wind-farm-We-pepper-turbines-country–declares-energy-minister.html)

The relentless march of onshore wind farms is at an end, a minister declared last night. Insisting ‘enough is enough’, John Hayes said turbines had been ‘peppered around the country’ with little or no regard for local opinion. He said existing sites and those in the pipeline would be enough to meet green commitments with no need for more. The intervention by Mr Hayes, who became energy minister in last month’s reshuffle, will delight 100-plus fellow Tory MPs who have urged David Cameron to take a more sceptical approach to onshore wind power. Mr Hayes said policy should not be based on some ‘bourgeois left article of faith’. –James Chapman and Matt Chorley, Daily Mail, 31 October 2012 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225531/Minister-signals-end-wind-farm-We-pepper-turbines-country–declares-energy-minister.html)

Former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson said: ‘I would welcome the minister’s statements. I would hope they would translate into a moratorium. An additional problem is that wind power is one of the most expensive forms of generating electricity there is. ‘At a time when there is so much concern both from households and industry about the cost of energy, that too should be a decisive argument against going this way.’ — James Chapman and Matt Chorley, Daily Mail, 31 October 2012 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225531/Minister-signals-end-wind-farm-We-pepper-turbines-country–declares-energy-minister.html)

The significance of yesterday’s shock announcement by our Energy Minister John Hayes that the Government plans to put a firm limit on the building of any more onshore windfarms is hard to exaggerate. On the face of it, this promises to be the beginning of an end to one of the greatest and most dangerous political delusions of our time. Nowhere will this announcement be greeted with more delirious surprise than in all those hundreds of communities across the land where outraged local protest groups have formed in ever greater numbers to fight the onward march of what they see as the greatest threat to Britain’s countryside for centuries. Until our politicians finally have the courage of their newfound convictions and halt this madness, too, one of the most bizarre follies of our age will not have been finally chucked where it belongs — firmly into the rubbish bin  of history. –Christopher Booker, Daily Mail, 31 October 2012

Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary, and now secretary of the pressure group Supporters of Nuclear Energy, said: “Reality is dawning. This was always a dead end and a very destructive and expensive dead end, both on-shore and off-shore.” –ITV News, 31 October 2012 (http://www.itv.com/news/update/2012-10-31/conservative-support-grows-after-wind-farm-attack/)

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  1. mitigatedsceptic says:

    He was promptly humiliated by his Liberal boss who denied that there was any change of policy. Cameron hinted that there might be a debate sometime and tried to put the issue to bed. The public is mesmerised by the illusion of free energy while the NIMBYs only creep out of the woodwork when there is a threat to their own peace and quiet. In Scotland the SNP government is overruling local authorities that reject wind farm planning applications. An SNP list (not directly elected) MSP is the new energy minister from a constituency that is seething with NIMBYs but is compliant to the heavy hand of the First Minister whose boast is that Scotland is to be the largest producer of clean energy in Europe. Unfortunately when there is high pressure over the country, there can be very cold spells indeed and the air become absolutely still. Just when demand is at it greatest, the windmills are at a standstill and the country has to rely on soon-to-be-closed nuclear power plants for the base load! The hypocrisy of the SNP and Greenie Liberals is breath-taking.

  2. Bloke down the pub says:

    It seems strange that they seem to think we stand any chance of meeting the target for renewable energy production. Since the wind farm lobbyists always talk in terms of installed energy capacity rather than the more relevant energy put into the grid, maybe the govt. will do the same, thereby tripling our renewables overnight, on paper at least.

  3. mitigatedsceptic says:

    I referred to the ‘impartiality’ policy of the BBC but apologise – I did not provide the source – here it is http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/18_06_07impartialitybbc.pdf

  4. oldbrew says:

    It can’t be coincidence that the anti-windfarm stance hit the headlines within hours of Hitachi signing up to build up to six nuclear reactors in the UK.

  5. Michael Hart says:

    Bloke down the pub, I was thinking just the same thing. Why not put a windmill-condom on the Gherkin in London and a big plaque CLAIMING that it is supplying all the electricity they want to claim.

    Seemingly, lots of people will believe it, and then we can just get on with building the other capacity that actually will deliver the power.

  6. Zeke says:

    Would it cost much extra to place a face and name of those who passed the Climate Change Act on the each of the wind turbines?

  7. tchannon says:

    zeke, they are not propeller heads

  8. Zeke says:

    @tim, (:

    Still, it just goes to show which way the wind blows until the UK has a referendum and gets out of the EU:

    “However, he hinted the number of wind farms could be reviewed after the UK meets targets set by the European Union, which dictate that Britain must get 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.”