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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Green Power - Western Economies Committing Economic Harakiri.

The foundation on which the modern industrial society has grown has been cheap and  portable energy.
A flick of a switch powers our lights and our homes and electricity powers our industry , manufacturing goods which allow modern living standards far beyond anything contemplated by our ancestors .

Mass production powered by low cost energy has driven down prices of goods so more and more people can afford to buy them making lives in the 21st century much more comfortable for many.
This is all under attack as Green ideologists want us to throw logic out the window and attempt to replace bountiful cheap energy with ridiculously expensive intermittent and unreliable  "green " energy which will kill the golden energy goose. This societal self-mutilation is occurring worldwide but particularly in Europe and by some countries such as Spain and the UK that can least afford it.
James Delingpole comments on the UK situation where , deeply in debt , the UK government is proposing huge investments in wind power ,  summed up by James in inimitable fashion.
Above all, though, we need to stop kidding ourselves that if only we concentrate on how thoroughly marvellous Michael Gove is or what a splendid idea elected police chiefs are, this nasty, scary energy policy our Coalition has decided to foist on us will somehow magically evaporate. At the moment, we seem to be allowing their spokesmen to get away with all manner of nonsense, such as:

1. Britain needs to set an example on CO2 reduction.
No it doesn’t. At least not unless you believe in futile, suicidal gestures. China’s burgeoning CO2 output alone is more than enough to wipe out any paltry emissions Britain makes by going “low carbon”.
2. It will create green jobs.
Only in places like China, where the wind turbines are manufactured. There will be no benefits to the British economy, just a disastrous replay of the Spanish experience where for every “green job” created by government subsidy, 2.2 jobs were lost in the real economy.
3. It will provide “energy security”.
No it won’t. Because wind power is so unreliable, it has to be backed up by conventional power such as coal or gas. If energy security is really what we want we should go for more coal-fired power. We are, after all, sitting on an island of coal.

4. It doesn’t destroy property values, ruin views, chop birds to pieces, or create a low subsonic hum which drives anyone unfortunate to live by a wind farm mad.
Yep. Sounds like you’ve been taking your daily dose of propaganda from the likes of Renewable UK and Polly Toynbee, who thinks wind farms are rather attractive.
5. The future is low carbon.
Says who? What we need, now more than ever, is cheap power to generate the economic growth the world needs to lift itself out of the looming double-dip recession. Low carbon energy is, by definition, not cheap.
6. But what about “climate change”?
What about it? If it’s “global warming” you’re worried about, it stopped in 1998. Global cooling is a much more imminent and serious problem. Recent changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation mean that we’re now set for a 30 year cooling period guaranteed to make a mockery of all our fears about “global warming.” Yet here we are, embarked on a policy guaranteed to raise our energy bills to unaffordable levels, as we enter a period of colder winters.
This nonsense has got to stop. People, are you with me?
 Green energy projects will mostly end up like the hulks of dead wind generators of past follies bringing to mind the words of Shelley's Ozymandias:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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