This is a good piece, a story that has been told over and over. An important story that most will never see.
The govt. and the media keep playing the global warming game, in order to tax the hell out of the
citizenry. All brought to by the UN via Agenda 21.
By Christopher Booker
Gordon Brown on Thursday launched what he called “the greatest
revolution in our energy policy since the advent of nuclear power”,
centred on building thousands of new wind turbines, let us start with a
Nothing conveys the futility of
wind power more vividly than this: that all the electricity generated
by the 2,000 wind turbines already built in Britain is still less than
that produced by a single medium-sized conventional power station.
are nearly 50 nuclear, gas or coal-fired power plants in Britain today
each of which produces more electricity in a year than all those 2,000
turbines put together.
make no apology for returning to this subject because the “£100 billion
green energy strategy” published last week, by what is now laughably
known as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
(BERR), contains not only many smaller deceptions and self-deceptions
but one so great that almost everyone has fallen for it.
starting point is the EU’s requirement that, to combat the “threat of
climate change”, we must drastically reduce our CO2 emissions, chiefly
by building thousands more wind turbines.
quite clear from the paper that BERR’s officials know we haven’t the
faintest hope of meeting our EU target in this way. So its
number-crunchers have been working overtime to squeeze down the amount
of energy we source from wind to the lowest figure it thinks can be
made to sound plausible.
Until last week BERR had
been claiming that our EU requirement meant that we must generate 38
per cent of our electricity from renewables, the largest contribution
coming from 11,000 offshore turbines, representing 33 gigawatts (GW) of
capacity. But all this has changed dramatically.
They now talk only about the need to meet 32 per cent of our total EU
renewables target through our methods of electricity generation, with
only 32 per cent of that needing to come from wind – and that, they
say, can be done with a mere 7,000 new offshore and onshore turbines.
our present generating capacity is 76GW. By 2020, on projected demand,
to replace one third of one third of our capacity with wind power would
mean generating an average of 10GW.
lies the central misconception which bedevils the entire debate.
Because of the wind’s intermittency, turbines generate on average at
less than a third of their capacity. Thus to contribute 10GW would need
30GW of capacity, which would require up to twice as many turbines as
ministers are talking about – needing to be erected at a rate of more
than four every working day between now and 2020.
For instance, the world only has five of
But in addition we should also
It is a total mess. The
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