Wednesday, January 9, 2013
How The Green ''Taliban'' Spreads Its Poison Gospel !
Quite probably you missed the big story in early last month's Independent that, according to a ''think tank'', the economy of Britain would be 20 billion Pounds a year better off if it focused on wind power. Well-known journalist James Delingpole in response to this idea said, "Personally, I'd put more faith in the scheme mooted by the Daily Mash to pay off the national debt by breeding Unicorns and selling them to the Chinese at 250,000 pounds a pop. But the difference is that the Daily Mash is a satirical publication whereas the Independent -- at least in theory -- is not.''
Thankfully, it was Richard North on his Eurefendum blog, that made the effort to assess the reliability of the source. He stated, ''Turning to the source of this wisdom, we find the ''think tank'' originator named as Cambridge Econometrics , but to call it a think tank is something of a misnomer. What is interesting here is that Cambridge Econometrics seems to be a very profitable company, which turns over a cool 2 million pounds plus each year and giving its owner, Dr Terry Barker, a very comfortable living, plus pension. And Dr Barker has a certain amount of baggage.''
Mr Delingpole has discovered that having founded the company in 1985, Dr Barker became a member of of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (University of Cambridge), as well as being on the Scientific Advisory Board of the World Wide Views on Global Warming, plus a member of the editorial boards of international journals of Climate Strategies and Management & the International Journal of Global Warming. This is a warmist personified, which might suggest certain bias in his approach to the subject of windfarms. And, if that isn't enough to set an odoriferous rat running, we found that the report itself is produced for Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund-UK which funded the work.
Still, let's briefly give this report the benefit of the doubt. Just because it was commissioned by two violently anti-capitalist, Marxist-controlled, deep-green activist organisations with a strong antipathy to fossil fuels and an ideological commitment to ''renewable'' energy and just because it was written by a fanatical warmist with a powerful vested interest in skewing the report's message in a particular direction doesn't necessarily make it a farrago of unutterable drivel and nonesense. Does it ?
So let us instead apply some incredibly basic, entry-level commonsense. Here's what we know about wind power: Onshore wind power requires 100% subsidy from government/taxpayer/energy user. (It's what bankrupted Spain!) Offshore wind requires 200% subsidy. Not a single wind farm anywhere in the world would be economically viable without this state-enforced support. Beside being far less cost-effective than ANY form of fossil fuel power, the energy produced by wind -- being obviously intermittent and unpredictable and invariably unavailable on the coldest and hottest days when its most needed.-- is essentially worthless in any free market. And before we start considering the hidden costs of wind which I exposed in my July 27th (2012) blog, The Green Movement's Inconvenient Truths: the destruction it wreaks on bats and birds; the health risks of low frequency noise; the blight it inflicts on property prices; the near-irreparable damage it inflicts on the natural landscape...turning the Greens beloved Mother Earth into a whore of the big environmentalist agenda.
And here's what we know about gas power. Relative to wind it is cheap, efficient and clean. In the U.S. the shale gas revolution has not only brought the U.S. closer to energy independence but it has more than halved the price of gas with a healthy knock-on effect on prosperity and economic efficiency. Mr Delingpole concludes; ''Therefore we cannot unreasonably conclude that this ''think tank's'' report's conclusion in indeed a hotch-potch of unutterable drivel and nonsense. And that it was at best irresponsible, at worst an exercise in aggressive, dishonest political activism quite unbecoming in a newspaper of record, for the Independent to run such a story - without even mentioning that it was the watermelons at Greenpeace and the WWF which commissioned this violently one-sided report.''
The Way I See It....we have a problem here. A big problem. The British government and its useful idiots in the media are lying their citizens about the state of the economy, thus making it impossible for those not prepared to dig beneath the surface spin to make an informed judgement. But what Greenpeace and WWF and the rest of the Green Taliban are up to, and more often than not get away with, is more frightening still. After all, people half expect the government to lie to them and at least they have the process whereby they can boot them out of office. With the New World Order eco-fascists of the Green Taliban there is no corrective mechanism. There they are every day, pumping out junk science and Mickey Mouse economics reports which then get written up -- virtually straight off the Press Release -- by unquestioning, starry-eyed environmental correspondents and served up to a gullible public which believes it must be true. Not only that, but all too frequently these diehard scum are invited to participate in high-level government discussions on environmental policy, as if somehow, they were disinterested ecological experts rather than hardcore green activists.
NOTE: James Delingpole points to the scumbag politician who ''played main part in the despoliation of our matchless landscape with view-blighting, fuel-poverty-creating, sleep-denying, sick-making, flood-exacerbating, price-inflating, property-value-trashing, greed-stoking, puke-making, bird-slicing, bat-chomping eco-crucifixes.....I'm taking about the North London Marxist trustafarian ovoid who was secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, more responsible than any main or creature alive for establishing the framework for Britain's disastrous wind policy....Ed Miliband! His divisive and confrontational ''scorched earth'' policy has sowed the seeds of the current crisis and now stands laughing on the sidelines as the coalition struggles to cope with the democractic resistance created by the crass insensitivity, injustice and willful blindness of his policies. This bastard should rot-in-hell!