David Cameron states the bleeding obvious

Over the last few weeks STT has thrown a spotlight on the UK – where the people are in uproar about the wind weasels’ lust to profit from a ludicrous stream of taxpayer subsidies. The Brits are clearly fed up with wind power – driving them from their homes, ruining their bucolic landscape and sending power prices through the roof.

Like a bolt from the blue PM, David Cameron has finally stated the “bleeding bloody obvious”: power consumers pay for the fat piles of cash directed straight into the pockets of British wind power barrens – although, as here, most of them are foreign owned outfits – from Spain, Denmark and Germany.

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Tight lipped Brits sometimes have trouble dealing with the bleeding obvious.

Prime Minister: Green subsidies ‘driving up energy bills’
David Cameron admits that consumers ultimately pay the costs of subsidies for green energy sources
Ruth Bradshaw
13 June 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested that he may cut subsidies for green energy sources such as solar panels and windfarms, after acknowledging that consumers ultimately compensate for the discounts through increases to their energy bills.

Despite the Department of Energy and Climate Change regularly blaming rising energy bills on the soaring cost of gas, Mr Cameron admitted that the green subsidies offered to various organisations means that consumers ultimately pay more to make up for it.

Taking action

In recent times, the government has taken action to curb the spread of windfarms across the country, spurred by around 100 Tory backbenchers who had complained about windfarms being built in their constituency.

Few were as opposed as the former energy minister John Hayes, who described them as a blight on the landscape, but it was nevertheless enough for the coalition to order modest cuts to subsidies for onshore wind farms and solar panels last year, while also issuing planning guidance earlier this month that will make it more difficult for developers to construct new turbines.

These moves have drawn criticism from environmentalists who point to Mr Cameron’s vow to be the greenest government ever when he was running for election, but the prime minister said that action needs to be taken to ensure that the current administration’s policy remains on track.

He even went as far as to say that the coalition’s green policy lacked “sanity” until John Hayes and new energy minister Michael Fallon took action to curb the spread of windfarms.

Now, it seems the prime minister is more willing to acknowledge the double-edge sword that critics say the creation of new windfarms creates – the impact on the landscape, and the effect on consumers’ energy bills.

Taxing questions

At Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, passed on constituency concerns over the impact that renewable energy sources are having on the landscape.

She asked: “Will the prime minister join me in praising the hard work of Mr Hayes and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for ensuring that planning decisions taken at local level concerning wind turbines remain local?”

In response, Mr Cameron acknowledged the work done by the current and former energy ministers, much of which is ongoing.

“I absolutely join her in praising the excellent work done by Mr Hayes, which has been carried on by Michael Fallon. They have both done a very good job at bringing some sanity to the situation on onshore wind,” he said.

Mrs Murray went on to claim that many of her constituents had become “increasingly concerned” about the spread of solar fields, and asked whether decisions on these should be subject to the same planning rules as wind turbines.

“On solar panels, the government of course substantially reduced the feed-in tariffs to ensure that this industry was not over-subsidised, because all subsidies end up on consumers’ bills and we should think very carefully about that,” Mr Cameron said.

The prime minister’s stance now appears to be more in line with that of chancellor George Osborne, who has previously called for green subsidies to be cut, arguing that an overabundance of environmental goals can cause businesses to fail and jobs to be lost, ultimately harming the UK economy.

STT says it’s now a hard call as to whether it’s the Brits or the Aussies that kill their respective windfarm scams first.

When something is unsustainable – as a matter of pure economic principle – if not common sense – its demise is inevitable.

STT thinks it won’t be long and it will be a case of “RIP – RET”.

We’ll leave it to you to suggest the epithets for the Tombstone.

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About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Here, here, for the comments made about these industrial wind turbines above. These wind turbines are a blight on the landscape around the planet, as well as they do nothing for the enviroment. All the wind turbines are doing, is putting big bucks in the hands of the FRAUDLANT wind companies & making electricity that expensive that no one can afford to have it in their homes.

  2. Eliminate the subsidies altogether, and make them compete on an even playing field with all other energy sources. It’s not rocket science. Do not prop up a dying industry. Wind is useless.

  3. Astral Weeks says:

    The RET is sprung, the GREENS a fizz. I wonder where them subsidies is? BIG WIND lies, Rest in pieces.

  4. Daphne Sinclaire says:

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, wind turbines: generators of cash for crooks. Monuments of idealogical stupidity.

  5. We have six MPs here in Cornwall UK. Only one, Sheryll Murray has taken up cudgels v turbines/solar. The rest sit on the fence – utterly equivocal. No doubt, when we win against these monstrosities, they will be on the winning side!

    Turbines/massive solar farms in Cornwall are wrecking our major industry – tourism. They blight our skylines, damage our health and screw house prices by at least 20% (if even sellable). But they enrich a few and make politicians distant from their consequences feel good about themselves.

    So if anyone is thinking of relocating their business/retiring to Cornwall for its beauty/quality of life – I suggest they think again, Cos Cornwall Council – the planning authority – are doing what England’s wartime enemies failed to do – wrecking our once beautiful County.


  1. […] The battle is on to prevent the UK from being overrun by giant fans being slung up by Danish, German and Spanish developers – and to prevent the spiraling cost of power from turning a first world economy into a third world basket case. […]

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