Friday, December 6, 2013

Wind turbines trash the landscape for the benefit of billionaires

" policy is chaotic. It is intellectually incoherent, lurching from fashion to fad with each lurch breeding a pile of taxpayer cash and a carnival of lobbyists out to protect it. Never in the history of public subsidy can so much have been paid by so many to so few."

Sounds like home, but no; it's the U.K., and the article is, surprisingly, from the Guardian (where it's generating many, many, comments)

The industry lobby, RenewableUK, on Thursday deplored what it suspected was a "political decision" to cut subsidy, and it was right. The switch reeked of Downing Street's obsession with Ukip, which has shrewdly opposed wind turbines. But an industry that is effectively a state subcontractor must accept such whims. The golden goose would never last.

I have spent two years traipsing Britain in search of the finest views. It is hard to convey the devastating impact of the turbines to those who have not seen them, especially a political elite that never leaves the south-east except for abroad. Fields of these structures are now rising almost everywhere. They are sited irrespective of the wind, since subsidy is paid irrespective of supply, even if there is none. It makes EU agricultural policy a paragon of sanity.

Turbines are to surround Cornwall and stretch along the north Devon coast. They will form a wall off the Dorset shore. They will line Offa's Dyke from Gwent to Shropshire, with a single giant on Clyro Hill looking down the Wye Valley like Rio's Christ the Redeemer.

...Scottish aristocrats have not seen such a turn in fortune since the Highland clearances.

Britain's landscape has never before been subject to such visual transformation. Human hands have always refashioned the country, urban and rural alike, but they have not industrialised its appearance on remotely this scale. Roads, railway lines, quarries, even towns and cities, are inconspicuous compared to wind turbines. Few of Britain's greatest views will be free of the sight of them.

Mostly the gain is footling. Turbines seldom produce their declared capacity. The one that towers over the M4 at Reading generates just 16% of its capacity. What they really generate is money...


  1. Absolutely correct. The only thing missing is the fact that the offshore nightmare also places an enormous toll on the environment. People forget that all the offshore turbines in a so-called "park" actually interconnect. The result is hundreds of kilometers of deep undersea trenching. From the recesses of a CD supplied by the latest carpet bagger wishing to destroy the dorset coast you will find that, if added up, the trenching/ploughing and jetting will totally destroy more than 4 square kilometres of virgin seabed directly off the world heritage Jurassic Coast. That's the equivalent to ploughing and back-filling a 2 metre deep trench, 100 metres wide, from Bournemouth to Southampton across the New Forest. ( 30KM).

    Supposedly this is "Environmental".

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