The Guardian Caught Out Pumping Dale Vince’s Bogus Wind Power Propaganda

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The Wind Industry’s Guardian.

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The Guardian (both in its home territory, the UK and in its doppelganger Australian version) is the ecofacists’ megaphone – and is duly lapped up with relish by the intellectual pygmies of the hard-‘green’-left or – as James Delingpole aptly dubbed them; “greentards”.

Both here and in the UK, The Guardian has been the preferred platform for the wind industry, its parasites and paid spruikers to run an endless stream of drivel propounding the magical properties of giant fans – you know, the usual twaddle about wind power being a serious alternative to conventional generation – despite the fact it can only be delivered at crazy, random intervals (see our post here); powering millions of homes around the clock for “free” (see our posts here and here); never harming so much as a bird’s feather (see our post here); and providing such a soothing and peaceful environment for humans that they – like our feathered friends – can’t help but flock towards the nearest wind farm to set up homes and raise their families (see our posts here and here).

No, The Guardian will never be among those accused of helping to bring the great wind power fraud to its inevitable end.

Like all commercial media outlets, the editorial narrative at The Guardian is driven by the mighty pound or dollar. If the paper wants that lucrative advertising sale – it ain’t about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg in any hurry – especially where that goose is cloaked in feathers that run in perfect alignment with the manifesto being regurgitated day-after-day by the major beneficiary of a repeat customer.

America’s GE is not only a big name giant fan maker in the US, its really big business is in making the fast-start-up Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs) which are being rolled out in their hundreds wherever there is any significant wind power capacity. OCGT peaking plants are essential to covering the inevitable, but wholly unpredictable collapses in wind power output that occur almost every day, and for days on end (see our posts here and here).

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A “Win-Win” for GE: flogging giant fans that produce
chaotic power means it gets to sell its OCGTs too!

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So, GE wins on both sides of the wind power fraud ledger: it gets to sell giant fans that might pump some power into the grid now and again (let’s say 30% on average – at best – but without any idea of just when that might be) – and, as a consequence, gets to sell OCGTs in their hundreds; for which there would be no market at all in the absence of the chaotic output from wind farms.

It’s a bit like Gillette selling handles for its razors (at a giveaway price) knowing that it will make a very tidy profit selling its blades at a whopping mark-up to the same customer for years to come. But – whether or not GE sells wind turbines (and it hasn’t sold many in Australia) – as long as giant fans are being speared into rural communities, GE still gets to sell OCGTs – a market in which it dominates.

GE has been advertising heavily in The Guardian – under the banner “Powering People” and in The Australian – where, over the last few months, GE have “sponsored” numerous “features” under its banner “Powering Australia”.

Could be a coincidence, but since GE started throwing a fat pile of cash at The Australian for its slick little self-promotion strategy, the number of articles challenging the wind industry and/or the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) – on which the former entirely depends – has dropped off; and the editorials – which were once pointed and critical, calling for the LRET to go (see our post here) – have become full of Goldilocks guff about reducing the LRET to a level that’s somehow, “just right”.

The Australian’s political reporter, Sid Maher has penned quite a few pieces on the political shenanigans in Canberra over the fate of the LRET in recent weeks – but, as yet, hasn’t spilt any ink at all on either the establishment of the Senate Select Committee, that will turn the blowtorch on the great wind power fraud; or the proposal being pitched by the Senate cross-benchers to avoid the imposition of $billions of fines on power consumers by counting “old” hydro and solar generation in excess of the 4,000 GWh “expectation” set by the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme towards the LRET: both are currently excluded (see our post here). What’s that they say about sins of omission?

The only difference with GE’s self-promotion of its commercial interests in The Guardian is that – unlike The Australian – The Guardian hasn’t had to change its tune – just sing a little louder.

In the UK, The Guardian has been caught out pumping clearly misleading and deceptive advertising, for yet another wind power fraud, profiteer – Dale Vince and his wind power outfit, the lamely tagged, “Ecotricity”. Here’s The Telegraph’s Chris Booker on the trail of how The Guardian has dropped all pretence of objective journalism in its quest to profit from spruiking wind industry propaganda.

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Could Dale Vince be compensating for something
with his monument right next to the M4?

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Revealed: the Guardian Wind farm advert that tried to pull the wool over our eyes
The Telegraph
Christopher Booker
23 November 2014

A two-page advert said wind farms had contributed a record 25 per cent of all the electricity we were using. But that wasn’t quite the full story

On November 7, Guardian readers were excited by a huge two-page advertisement from the wind farm company Ecotricity, hailing what it described as “a historic event”. This, it explained, was on Sunday October 19, following the Didcot power station fire, when several other major power plants were also, for various reasons, offline. But millions of homes across Britain, we were told, would never have noticed.

Our lights stayed on solely because wind farms had come to the rescue, contributing a record 25 per cent of all the electricity we were using. This showed just how vital wind has now become in supplying “our energy needs”.

Like others, I was intrigued by this claim, because I had never known those notoriously unreliable wind turbines to generate anything like such a high percentage. So, with the expert help of National Grid and the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), I did some detective work. For a start, National Grid was able to tell me that there was indeed a brief moment on October 19 when wind supplied 25 per cent of our electricity. But this was at 5.30 in the morning, when demand is at its very lowest.

The figure for the whole of that windy day was only 14 per cent. Furthermore, according to a detailed analysis by REF, what had really kept our lights on was that several other major coal- and gas-fired power stations stayed operating longer than planned, while wind farms in Scotland were actually having to be paid to go offline because their excessive output was causing problems for the grid in England.

So that very brief moment when all the 5,500 wind turbines in Britain were contributing 25 per cent of our power was not only highly untypical, but also served yet again to highlight the real problem with wind: that it fluctuates so wildly and unpredictably from one extreme to the other. At 4.30 last Thursday afternoon, for instance, it was contributing to the grid less than 2 per cent, when coal and gas between them were supplying 74 per cent, with 6 per cent more imported from France and Holland.

In other words, that Ecotricity advertisement was, in almost every respect, misleading; which is hardly surprising, since the firm’s owner, Dale Vince, is famous as a master of green propaganda.

It was he who erected the most famous wind turbine in the country – and also one of the least efficient – seen by millions of motorists each year as they drive along the M4 past Reading. In 2006, I reported how, to mark the go-ahead for a monster wind farm in the Thames Estuary, the BBC announced a celebratory programme from Reading’s “Green Park”, to be powered entirely by Mr Vince’s windmill. Sure enough, the wind dropped, forcing the BBC to rely on a nasty, CO2-emitting diesel generator. Yet it is on machines like Mr Vince’s turbine that our government has centred Britain’s entire future energy policy.
The Telegraph

The Dale Vince/Guardian strategy of jumping with joy and pointing to a few consecutive hours when wind power added something vaguely meaningful to the power supply is like the gambler that tells you – in glowing, detailed terms – about his every (very occasional) win – but who runs very silent about his (naturally) very frequent losses.

We covered the same type of delusional, self-affirming efforts by the wind industry and its spin-masters in The Gambler – where we dealt with precisely the same type of pitch being made by Dale Vince and The Guardian in respect of a period when – for a few fleeting hours – wind power output in South Australia managed to register more than a donut – as it does hundreds of times each year (for more examples of The Gambler’s losses, see our post here).

Not only does Dale Vince have problems grappling with facts and reality, his “business” model has come completely unstuck, as the number of rejections for wind farm proposals in the UK mounts.

Under the threat of the UKIP’s growing popularity in Britain for its opposition to the great wind power fraud, the Conservatives have been backpedalling fast on their, hitherto, unbridled support for the roll-out of thousands of giant fans across Ol’ Blighty. With the Conservatives canning more and more projects, it’s now become harder for hucksters like Vince to profit from the misery of others.

Here’s James Delingpole in an “Oh dear, how sad, never mind” piece on Vince’s new-found woes.

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Dale Vince: all hands to the pump.

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Why Millionaire Eco-Tosser Dale Vince Can’t Afford to Put Up Any More Wind Farms…
Breitbart.com
James Delingpole
26 November 2014

Britain’s wealthiest wind farm developer has said he can no longer afford to apply to put up any more turbines because the Conservatives have now stacked the planning process against him.

And if that sounds like good news, you haven’t heard the best of it yet. The developer in question is none other than Dale Vince.

Yes, that’s Dale Vince as in the dog-on-a-rope-crustie turned eco opportunist who has made an estimated £100 million by despoiling the British countryside, slicing and dicing its wildlife, and driving up our electricity prices with his next-to-useless bat-chomping eco-crucifixes.

Dale Vince as in the sanctimonious vegan whose first moves on buying up Forest Green Football Club were to ban the players from eating red meat, to ban red meat from being sold at the ground and to have the “organic” pitch cut with a solar-powered lawn mower.

Dale Vince, the very examplar of the kind of rent-seeking, crony-capitalist hyena who has thrived in our cynical, corrupt, post-crash world where the economy is no longer about free markets or generating value but whatever handy deals you can stitch up with Big Government.

Or, to put it another way, Vince has made his fortune from just 60 turbines spread on 17 sites around Britain. That works out at well over a million pounds per turbine. And for what, exactly? Unreliable, intermittent, environmentally destructive energy which would have little if any value in an open market and whose presence in our economy is down to one thing and one thing only: the massive subsidies which consumers are forced to pay as a gesture of obeisance to the green goddess Gaia (and her many friends everywhere from Greenpeace and the Conservative party to the European Commission).

So no. I don’t think too many of us will be shedding tears that this smug multimillionaire in his £3 million fort home will no longer be dragging down fellow-country-dwellers’ property values by plonking his hideous great turbines bang in the middle of their idyllic rural landscapes.

On the contrary, we’ll be asking ourselves: why didn’t someone put a stop to his scam earlier? Like, maybe, right at the beginning before he’d had the chance to put up a single turbine, thus forcing him to get a job more fitting to his talents like, maybe, being one of those grumpy sods at fairgrounds who gives you a crap fluffy toy when you’ve successfully hooked one of the plastic ducks.

Still, Vince is right about one thing. The Conservative element in the Coalition is definitely rowing back hard from those idiot environmental policies it introduced when David Cameron announced his intention to lead “the greenest government ever” (from the rooftop of Greenpeace London HQ, no less). That’s why so many more wind farm projects are being killed at the planning stage or scrapped as a result of the personal intervention of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who has “called in” 53 mooted wind projects and nixed 22 out of 25 of the ones he has examined so far.

“He’s scared of UKIP,” Vince recently grumbled to The Times.

And I’m sure he is right about that too. UKIP remains the only one of Britain’s main parties which has a coherent and sensible policy on renewable energy – which is to say that it recognises it is a complete joke. So in this case I don’t think the Conservatives have anything to feel embarrassed about, taking a leaf out of UKIP’s book, because it is the only right, decent and sensible thing to do.

What they should very much feel embarrassed about is David Cameron’s failure to have talked sense on the issue earlier. Let us never forget that the 2008 Climate Change Act, the most expensive and pointless legislation in recent parliamentary history – which costs the UK taxpayer at least £18 billion in wasted expenditure every year and which is in good part to blame for the kinds of green energy scheme from which Vince has made so much money, was as much the brainchild of David Cameron as it was of the Miliband brothers. Breitbart.com

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It was fun while it lasted …

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Comments

  1. GE is pretty good when it comes to winning hearts and minds as their track record in the US attests. While GE no longer owns US broadcaster NBC, at the time when it needed to promote its renewables interests in the US a few years ago having control of that organisation did it “no harm at all” you might say.

    While GE has shown some limited interest in promoting its renewables business in Australia, it does not seem to have made great inroads. Alan Kohler interviewed GE’s Hong Kong based Vice President, John Rice when he was visiting Australia back in March 2012, concerning Australia’s new CO2 tax Rice commented:

    ALAN KOHLER: What do you think of Australia’s decision to impose a $23 per tonne carbon tax on July 1?

    JOHN RICE: Look, I think that ends up being a market, a kind of a market thing. I applaud the Australian Government for having the courage to go through with it because I think over the long run the world is going to be better served, if there is a cost associated with the production of carbon.

    And whether it’s a tax or some kind of a pricing mechanism that allocates resources toward the effort that goes into carbon reduction, the development of new technologies and things like that, we have believed for a long time that you have to have that.

    Maybe GE now considers is the time is right to “obtain” the opinions it needs?

  2. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    What is needed is for all politicians to be forced to log onto and take note of the website http://energy.anero.id.au/wind-energy created by Andrew Miskelly. No longer would they then be able to utter lies and foolishly attempt to get us to believe these things could ever be relied on to supply our energy needs when needed.
    If the UK doesn’t have such a site then maybe someone needs to take a leaf out of Andrew’s book and create one.

    That this industry and its lackeys do not accept we know the truth, when it is there for all to see, is evidence of their lack of respect for us and our intelligence as well as evidence they are liars of the first degree.

    We are now so well informed with evidence coming in from around the world daily how can our leaders not accept what is glaringly true and stop this mad rush to spend money that they do not have, to support an industry which acts like a sponge, absorbing our money and is never squeezed to release it back into the economy?

  3. Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    A great article on the spin, lies and deception actively supported by some in the main stream media. Shame on them.

  4. Ecotrocity indeed.

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