Tim Rice unsure if he will vote Tory over wind-farm policy ‘scam’

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

  • Sir Tim slammed Conservative’s wind-farm policy as ‘an absolute racket’
  • The lyricist could have made £1 million from turbines on his land
  • Joins Bishop of Newcastle in dismissing ‘hideous’ green energy scheme

By
John Stevens

17:16 EST, 25 September 2013


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17:17 EST, 25 September 2013

Tim Rice has said he may no longer vote for the Tories because of David Cameron’s enthusiasm for ‘hideous’ wind farms.

The lyricist said that he could have made more than £1million from offers to put turbines on his Scottish estate, but believes green energy schemes are a ‘scam’.

Sir Tim, 68, who was once a high profile support of the Conservative Party, said its wind-farm policy has made him unsure how he will vote.

‘Wind farms are one of the most dishonest scams perpetuated by any organisation ever,’ he told Country Life.

Sir Tim Rice (left) has admitted he is unsure if he will vote for the Tories in the future due to Prime Minister David Cameron's wind-farm policy

Sir Tim Rice (left) has admitted he is unsure if he will vote for the Tories in the future due to Prime Minister David Cameron's wind-farm policy

Sir Tim Rice (left) has admitted he is unsure if he will vote for the Tories in the future due to Prime Minister David Cameron’s wind-farm policy

‘They don’t work, are hideous to look at, destroy birds and bats, are bad for people’s health and put up people’s bills.

He added: ‘We have some land in Scotland and we were asked to put wind turbines on it. I could have made £1million or more out of it with all the grants and so forth- it is an absolute racket.’

The UK is currently signed up to a legally binding European Union renewable energy target requiring it to produce about 15 per of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Sir Tim’s criticism came as a Church of England bishop said no more wind farms should be allowed in the countryside as they are a ‘blot’ on ‘God’s creation’.

Scam: Sir Tim reveals he could have made £1 million from wind turbines on his land in Scotland, but has dismissed the renewable energy initiative as an 'absolute racket'

Scam: Sir Tim reveals he could have made £1 million from wind turbines on his land in Scotland, but has dismissed the renewable energy initiative as an ‘absolute racket’

Bishop of Newcastle the Right Reverend Martin Wharton said he has a Christian duty to protect the beautiful landscapes in his diocese from ‘becoming marred and disfigured’.

Breaking ranks with an unofficial consensus within the Church strongly favouring wind energy, the 69-year-old said there are ‘critical questions’ about if turbines will even reduce carbon emissions.

In a letter to a local newspaper, the bishop said that having spent time touring his diocese, which included Northumberland, he had been unable not to notice the growing number of wind farms.

‘It is a basic Christian truth that we all have a duty and a responsibility to care for and exercise wise stewardship over God’s creation, which has been entrusted to us,’ he wrote.

Fan: Prime Minister David Cameron put his money where his mouth is by having a wind turbine erected at his West London home in 2007

Fan: Prime Minister David Cameron put his money where his mouth is by having a wind turbine erected at his West London home in 2007

‘Our countryside needs to be protected and preserved for ourselves, for our children and for our grandchildren as a place of refreshment and renewal for the spiritual health and wellbeing of us all.

‘The danger is that in parts of Northumberland, our landscape is becoming marred and disfigured and turned into one industrial site after another.’

Referencing the Northumbrian saints such as Bede, Cuthbert and Hilda in his letter to the Newcastle Journal, he continued: ‘We are blessed to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

‘We enjoy a wonderful physical and spiritual heritage in this land of the Northern Saints.

‘Is now not the time to say “enough” to any further blots on our landscape? Please remember above all that “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that fills it” Psalm 24.’

He added: ‘Whilst we all recognise the need for a greater reliance on sources of renewable energy, there are critical questions to be asked not only about the efficiency of wind turbines in general but also about the massive environmental impact that the significant growth and cumulative effect that wind farms are having in Northumberland.

‘There is no evidence that I have seen that suggests that wind farms will ever provide the reliable, controllable energy that is required by our society, however many there might be.

‘Furthermore some studies have even suggested that far from reducing CO2 emissions, wind farms actually increase them.’

Sir Tim, who co-wrote Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Andrew Lloyd Webber, owns the 33,000-acre Dundonnell estate in Wester Ross on the west coast of Scotland.

The Oscar-winning songwriter is worth £149million according the Sunday Times Rich List.


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Karen,

Corwen, United Kingdom,

moments ago

One of the main reasons I will be voting UKIP is because they have seen through this wind turbine scam. Axe all the subsidies for them which come from our soaring energy bills – that would be a major vote winner.

mollytheduchess,

The North, United Kingdom,

17 minutes ago

Absolutely agree with Tim! Scotland is even worse with Salmond’s policy – turn every corner and there is a massive wind farm ruining the landscape. Yes we need power options – but the vast amount of money available for these things means we are losing our green and pleasant lands.

mahatmacoatmabag,

timbuktu, United Kingdom,

31 minutes ago

The Windbag Tory PM supports Windfarms , no surprise there !

Britishtommy,

Northeasterncoastline, United Kingdom,

42 minutes ago

Fully support Tim. This is just one of the many decisions made by the conservatives that have made me not cast any future votes for them in favour of UKIP.

ronnie,

blaydon on tyne, United Kingdom,

1 hour ago

Who cares he did the easy bit writing lyrics Lloyd Webber did the hard bit composing.

norman miles,

gloucester, United Kingdom,

1 hour ago

Of course Dave has a lot of enthusiasm for wind farms,as his father in law,Sir Reginald an old Etonian makes 350,000 pounds a year for his, which is heavily subsidised by the Government.

Climateworrier,

Northants,

1 hour ago

If the public ever realise how much the subsidies add to their electricity bills it will not just be countryside lovers that turn against them! Hopefully it will all come out in Ed Milliband’s fight with the electricity generators that price rises are being driven by the subsidy scheme that he set up when he was energy minister.

not PIPPA,

Leicester UK not ok, United Kingdom,

1 hour ago

well this is the dilema you can’t vote for cameron no way can you vote 4 lab or lib so what do you do?…………..UKIP!

Millymollymandy73,

Hants, United Kingdom,

2 hours ago

Let’s put these hideous turbines first on Cameron’s land and anybody else around him who is in favour for them and the public might start to change their minds and accept them (I don’t think).

not PIPPA,

Leicester UK not ok, United Kingdom,

1 hour ago

they would most likely love that you do reealise land owners get paid £thousands to have turbines on their land!

Foxy Face,

Hitchin, United Kingdom,

2 hours ago

Clearly they did not go to the same public school.

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