The comedians of the energy industry, wind power providers, while enjoying huge global subsidies, cannot deliver the goods.
Even though the cost of manufacturing turbines (in energy terms) is not far short of the energy they produce, we are still being taken in by the businessmen and profiteers who are ruining our highlands.
The windies point to Denmark as a role model for saving the earth from ecological disaster.
But the Danish energy system is in a mess and often, because of a displaced trust in wind power, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has to negotiate extra power from Sweden and Germany, ironically, often nuclear in origin.
When there’s too much wind, surplus power (which is all that wind can provide) is given away.
“We’ve even had to pay Sweden to take it,” says Rasmussen. “It’s crazy.”
And if that hasn’t put you off wind turbines, take a look at the Christmas tree on O’Connell Street, Limerick.
10 December 2007
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