The great wind delusion has hijacked our energy policy

August 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The likelihood that any of this will be understood by those in charge of our
national policy can be measured by the fact that the chairman of that
Commons committee is Tim Yeo, whose business interests (see the They Work
For You website) show that last year he earned, on top of his MP’s wages,
more than £100,000 by working – at up to £800 an hour – for firms which make
money out of renewables.

When Peter Lilley MP raised Prof Hughes’s figures in the Commons, he was
contemptuously put down by the DECC minister Charles Hendry, saying that he
did not agree with Prof Hughes (on grounds which showed he hadn’t understood
the points at issue at all) – and, he added, “neither does the Committee on
Climate Change”. The new chairman of this committee, set up under the
Climate Change Act, is Lord Deben (formerly John Gummer), whose various
lucrative activities relating to the environment include his chairmanship of
Forewind, an international consortium planning the world’s largest offshore
wind farm, with thousands of turbines, on the Dogger Bank.

The promoters of the wind industry have managed to occupy all the commanding
heights of our energy policy, and the only way it might conceivably be
brought back into any contact with reality would be through a massive and
well-informed counter-attack by a large number of those elected to represent
us in Parliament. But as we learnt from the letters on the Climate Change
Act recently sent to my readers by more than 70 MPs, they seem to be just as
firmly locked into the bubble of make-believe as those who framed these
delusional policies in the first place.

I have now been asked by an Oxford academic, specialising in the interface
between science and politics, whether she could undertake a detailed
analysis of the letters, to see what they tell us about the degree to which
our MPs grasp one of the most critical issues confronting our country. In
due course, I hope to report on the results. I fear they will not be very

£5bn a year saved, £4bn a week borrowed

It was rash of Francis Maude, described in one report as “the Cabinet minister
in charge of savings”, to boast that the Government has “slashed a
staggering £5.5 billion” off our public spending in a year.

What Mr Maude didn’t tell us, of course, any more than does the
“cuts”-obsessed BBC, is that in recent months the Government has been having
to borrow up to £4.5 billion every week just to cover its ever-rising
deficit. If our “minister in charge of saving” could save £5.5 billion a
week instead of a year, he might have something to boast about, and we might
believe that his Government was actually getting spending under control.

But as yet there is no more sign of that happening than there is of the BBC
telling us that we are now having to borrow up to £180 a week for every
household in the land.

The old USSR still tops the medals table

Having once written a book called The Games War, about the enthralling
experience of covering the Moscow Olympics in 1980 – when, thanks to the US
boycott, the Soviet Union won an all-time record of 190 medals, including 80
golds – I was intrigued to note that, if the USSR still existed, it would
still have won more medals than any other country in 2012.

Adding up all the medals won in London by the 15 countries that made up the
Soviet Union, their total of 130 – as of yesterday lunchtime – comfortably
outranked the US and China, even though only 33 were golds. Russia alone
(66) was ahead of Team GB, although with 9 fewer golds.

As usual, various sad Europhiles have claimed that if the EU competed as a
single nation, it would sweep the board – but they should remember what
happened to the Soviet Union.

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