Martians in charge of UK Energy Policy


Which way to Ed Davey’s Office?

With spiralling power costs crippling business and punishing families due to its ludicrous renewables policy, the Brits might fairly ask: “have our leaders been taken over by Martians?”

Well, frankly, yes.

The Tories have abdicated their responsibility for energy policy to the hard-green-left of the Liberal-Democrats – who can’t transfer £billions in taxpayer and power consumer subsidies to foreign-owned wind power operators fast enough.

Ed Davey, the Lib-Dem Energy Secretary, has apparently been taking his advice from Martians on energy policy – with further plans to throw £billions more at insanely expensive offshore wind power: some say he was abducted a few years back and was returned to Earth by his captors with the UK’s renewable policy imprinted in his brain (see our post here).

Here’s the Daily Express with the latest on the Martian’s takeover of Britain.

At last the Tories admit wind farms are a lot of hot air
Daily Express
Chris Roycroft-Davis
25 April 2014

THEY stalk the countryside like giant Martian machines from HG Wells’ science-fiction classic The War Of The Worlds.

And just like the alien invaders their aim is to bring mankind to heel.

I’m talking about wind turbines, those towering monstrosities that have blighted our landscape as part of the climate change worship so beloved of the chattering classes.

The trendy metropolitan elite can’t see wind farms from their windows in Notting Hill, Hampstead or Highgate so they’re blinkered to the reality of the eyesore that has been created in the dubious name of going green.

But drive around Britain and you’re constantly shocked by the way these unwanted windmills are multiplying.

The Martians are breeding at an alarming rate. And for what?

So speculators can make a killing out of ludicrously-high subsidies for producing piffling amounts of energy at times of the year when there’s already enough – and at a price that’s scandalously inflated.

Wind farms? Money farms more like – and it’s your money that’s paying for them through taxes and energy bills.

There’s no greater joy than a sinner who repents so we should all be celebrating the Prime Minister’s transformation from husky-loving greenie to vote-loving realist.

David Cameron’s message is simple: if the Tories win the election next year there’ll be no more new onshore wind farms.

Quite a change from a man who once flew to the Arctic Circle for a photoshoot with a dog sled and who even installed a wind turbine on his roof.

He has also promised to scrap the crazy subsidy scheme, which can reward people for producing less energy, and change the planning system so councils can veto new windmills.

As ever in politics there’s more to this than meets the eye.

The biggest cheerleaders for wind power are his coalition partners the Lib Dems so with the general election a year away Cameron desperately needs to demonstrate that the love affair with that loser Nick Clegg is ending.

Pulling the plug on wind farms is akin to chucking the wedding ring across the kitchen.

But we should bear in mind that “no new wind farms” doesn’t actually mean there will be no new wind farms.

An estimated 3,000 turbines have already got planning consent and should be up and running by 2020 – so five years after the election the UK’s windmill population will have almost doubled.

And the Energy Secretary has just announced that five new wind farms will be built offshore, boasting that this will only add another £11 a year to household energy bills that are already eye-wateringly high.

You might need reminding who the Energy Secretary is: Ed Davey. A Lib Dem.

Which is a bit like putting a fox in charge of a chicken shed.

The Left love two things: trying to scare you that the planet is going to die and making you pay through the nose for energy as a punishment for those wicked coalburning, oil-guzzling years of carbon emissions.

Remember it was a planet-saving Labour energy minister who imposed extra taxes on your gas and leccy bills during Gordon Brown’s ill-fated reign.

It’s worth asking ourselves how we ever fell for this giant wind farm con. Actually we didn’t fall for it, the politicians kept pretty quiet about it.

Do you recall a party saying, “Vote for us because we want to scar the countryside with hideously expensive, ugly and inefficient windmills”? No, nor me.

The pro-lobby uses emotional blackmail about a dying planet, greenhouse gases, droughts, floods and rising sea levels to support its case.

Surprisingly they haven’t included boils, pestilence and plagues of locusts but give them time.

The logical case against windmills is inescapable.

They only produce power when the wind blows hard enough to turn the blades quickly.

On a calm day we still need power stations to produce our energy.

A study of the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11, when there was high pressure over much of the UK, underlines the problem.

Light wind meant little power from these farms, clear skies meant below freezing temperatures.

So just when we needed electricity the most, wind farms produced the least.

Wind farm supporters admit that over the course of a year turbines only operate at between 20-30 per cent of their maximum output.

Some days they are estimated to supply only enough power for 25,000 homes.

Yet wind power costs up to three times more than conventional power.

Meanwhile we have enough coal to last at least 200 years and have natural gas that could revolutionise the energy industry in the way it has done in America if the Left could get over its entrenched, illogical opposition to fracking.

One academic study by Professor Gordon Hughes of Edinburgh University has warned that if the Government’s present policies for meeting renewable energy targets were to go unchanged it would increase household bills by between 40-60 per cent in six years.

Wind farms would need another £124billion of investment, he says, whereas the same amount of power could be produced from new gas power stations for £13billion.

I don’t buy the argument that erecting a forest of giant turbines will save the planet any more than I believe my car exhaust is destroying it.

I’d like to see all the green apologists booted out of public office – but maybe I’m tilting at windmills.
Daily Express


My little green friends took me way up into space and gave me this wizard idea of powering Britain for free with thousands of magical giant fans.

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  1. Lyndsey says:

    Unfortunately in Scotland we have two problems. Slap Ed Davey is one in Westminster – in charge of the subsidises that feed this parasitic industry and has a temper tantrum if anyone dares suggest that he cuts them. North of the border planning is a devolved issue so the Scottish Nationalist Party could, if they wanted to, stop these turbines through planning. Instead they allow, on average, seven turbine applications A DAY into councils across Scotland. The energy minister Fergus Ewing has confirmed that there is NO central data base for turbines in planning, awaiting appeals or public inquiries or in scoping. There is certainly no way of knowing about all the turbines that are just a glint in the wind developer’s eye. We had a major power outtage recently that put out over 200,000 homes – nothing to do with turbines or the inadequate grid – apparently. Plenty of engineers are saying otherwise and that we are in danger of this happening again and again. There are hundreds if not thousands of approved turbines not yet constructed to be connected to the grid. We pay millions in constraint payments when demand doesn’t want the power – often in the Spring and Autumn when it is windier but warmer. In the winter when it is bitterly cold – guess what? We often have NO wind! Marvellous! The world has gone mad and the UK and Scottish governments are right at the front leading us all into economic disaster and trashing our non-renewable treasures, the mountains, hills and wild land, on the way. They have put the ‘B’ into bonkers!


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