Europe’s Industry Massacred by Wind Power Policy

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Roger Helmer MEP: calls it. Does Europe want jobs or giant fans?

Roger Helmer, MEP gave a speech in the European Parliament on 26 January 2015 pointing out how runaway renewable policies have resulted in an industrial massacre in Europe. Roger is on the money when he says:

“We have a policy which is exporting jobs, exporting investment, exporting manufacturing, and increasing CO2 emissions at the same time.”

Here’s the speech (transcript can be found below).



The Madness of Europe’s Industrial Massacre


Mr Chairman, Mr Commissioner, thank you very much.

I frequently quote our colleague, Mr Antonio Tajani, who when he was Commissioner for Industry remarked that our energy prices are creating an industrial massacre in Europe, and I trust the Commissioner recognises that.

I’ve recently been preparing for a major speech I have to give, so I thought I ought to investigate the extent of this industrial massacre, and in the last fortnight I have had meetings with the European aluminium industry, the steel industry, and the petroleum refining industry, and frankly Mr Commissioner, I am horrified by what I have learned.

The aluminium industry in Europe has lost 34 per cent of its capacity in the last seven years and forty thousand jobs have been lost. That’s not because demand has reduced; demand is increasing, and being filled with imports which now amount to more than 50 per cent.

A similar story in steel where a hundred thousand jobs have been lost, and plant closures have taken place. A similar story in petroleum refining. It is now cheaper to bring in refined petroleum products from Africa or Russia than it is to refine them here in Europe. And again we have refineries closing.

Ten thousand direct jobs; forty thousand indirect jobs lost. That is the extent of the disaster we are creating. I am proposing to meet the glass industry, the chemicals industry, and the cement industry, and I have good indications that we will find a similar story.

So we already have major energy intensive industries that are desperately hanging on by their fingernails, and at the same time, we in this Parliament are debating the Market Stability Reserve, which is a policy whose objective is to increase prices further and make Europe a less competitive place in which to do business.

And if I may make, Mr Chairman, a final, but absolutely critical point, I have from the petroleum industry a copy of a British Government report, which indicates that the CO2 emissions associated with imported refined petroleum products, are 35 per cent higher than petroleum products refined in the European Union, and anecdotal evidence from the steel industry suggests that a tonne of important steel implies double the CO2 emissions of a tonne of steel made in Europe.

So we have a policy which is exporting jobs, exporting investment, exporting manufacturing, and increasing CO2 emissions at the same time.

Mr Commissioner, if that is not madness, what is?

[Roger Helmer’s speech in the European Parliament – January 26, 2015]


Madness, indeed …

About stopthesethings

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


  1. Australia is being sold down the road with this wind power madness, with some politicians helping their mates free load off subsidies. Most politicians have, like us, been conned, but those politicians do not want to admit how much and how deeply they have been conned; and just cruise along with mainstream thinking. We need to change every member of parliament and get a new playing field of thinking in.

  2. It’s unnecessary but nonetheless, this provides additional proof that the activity that passes for liberal “thinking” has three dimensional symmetry: It is narrow, it is shallow and it is short term.

  3. Same situation going on in the US. People are being sold an expensive bridge to nowhere. An IWT project on was installed on the mountain outback. The Enchanted Forest was destroyed and replaced with the Neighbors from Hell. Our quiet rural neighborhood now is noisy and at times it’s difficult if not impossible to sleep!

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  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    Mr Commissioner, if that is not madness, what is?

  6. My dad, who I loved very much, told me a story when I was a child about dad and Dave, of which there are hundreds of stories about them. Well, this story is about when Dave came home one day and said, dad I just got my horse to live on nothing, and he died.

    Well the parallel of the D&D story is where the windweasel grubs with their fans are making power that expensive, let alone the infrasound and low-frequency noise that we have to put up with. We have to make a choice, to have power or food for ourselves and families, if we choose power we die from hunger. If we die, we don’t need power; simple, great life, hey.

  7. Terry Conn says:

    As David Mortimer says, it is Australia’s current policy as well — it’s called the LRET. Asolute madness, and no steps to fix the national debt will work so long as that policy remains in place.

  8. David Mortimer says:

    Instead of Europe, read Australia. Sounds very similar and our politicians are too stupid to even entertain such thoughts.

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