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Google here, Dave, to see the price of wind power

Anyone who thinks that wind factories are environmentally friendly should Google "Cefn Croes Photo Gallery", to see 100 chilling pictures showing how many miles of unspoiled Welsh countryside were disfigured to create the largest industrial site in Britain: all to "save" annually less than a quarter of the CO2 emissions from a single jumbo jet.

When David Cameron lined up members of the shadow cabinet to announce that they were all going to buy their electricity from nPower because it sells electricity from "renewables", they merely betrayed their extraordinary ignorance of how the electricity market works. Under a statutory order, all electricity companies are forced to buy power from windfarms, under the so-called renewables obligation. This is one of the two hidden subsidies which underpin the Great Wind Scam, whereby we must all pay inflated prices for wind power through our electricity bills.

What our new "Not-the-Conservative Party" does not seem to have grasped is that wind power is not only absurdly expensive and inefficient but ends up saving no C02 emissions at all, because power stations must be kept permanently operating to make up for the three-quarters of the time when wind conditions are insufficient to supply power.

But equally naive was last week's speech by Elliott Morley, the environment minister, attacking the "blanket opposition" to wind turbines and curiously arguing that one of their virtues is that, unlike nuclear power stations, they are "quick and easy to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
When David Cameron lined up members of the shadow cabinet to announce that they were all going to buy their electricity from nPower because it sells electricity from "renewables", they merely betrayed their extraordinary ignorance of how the electricity market works. Under a statutory order, all electricity companies are forced to buy power from windfarms, under the so-called renewables obligation. This is one of the two hidden subsidies which underpin the Great Wind Scam, whereby we must all pay inflated prices for wind power through our electricity bills.

What our new "Not-the-Conservative Party" does not seem to have grasped is that wind power is not only absurdly expensive and inefficient but ends up saving no C02 emissions at all, because power stations must be kept permanently operating to make up for the three-quarters of the time when wind conditions are insufficient to supply power.

But equally naive was last week's speech by Elliott Morley, the environment minister, attacking the "blanket opposition" to wind turbines and curiously arguing that one of their virtues is that, unlike nuclear power stations, they are "quick and easy to remove". Does our environment minister not realise that the concrete foundations for a turbine may weigh 1,000 tonnes, buried more than 100 feet in the earth?

Anyone who thinks that wind factories are environmentally friendly should Google "Cefn Croes Photo Gallery", to see 100 chilling pictures showing how many miles of unspoiled Welsh countryside were disfigured to create the largest industrial site in Britain: all to "save" annually less than a quarter of the CO2 emissions from a single jumbo jet.


Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

JAN 22 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1029-google-here-dave-to-see-the-price-of-wind-power
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