I constantly hear reports that the majority of people are in favour of wind turbines.
This argument, constantly harped on by those in favour of wind turbines is fallacious.
The overwhelming number of people in Britain live in towns and cities and are totally unaffected by these monsters. Let us see a survey of rural residents who have got to live with these things as their ugly, noisy, shadow-flickering, house-value-destroying neighbours.
I wonder also how city dwellers would vote if they knew three basic truths about wind turbines:
Their electricity bills are 15 per cent to 25 per cent higher than they should be to pay for the massive subsidies given to wind turbine operators.
The power output is unreliable, varying from 100 per cent under absolutely ideal conditions to 0 per cent when there is too much or no wind. Clearly, industry, hospitals, etc, cannot operate under conditions where one moment there is maximum electricity and the next where there is none.
As a result, we need a back-up power source that is capable of fast, controllable changes in output and the only power source able to meet this need is a gas-driven generator.
Gas-driven generators are inefficient and uneconomic as they will be operated at about 35 per cent of maximum capacity. Thus they will produce more CO2 per unit of electricity (cancelling out the main argument for wind turbines).
Britain’s total contribution to world CO2 is about 2 per cent. Thus if we all left Britain to the birds and bees, the saving would be just 2 per cent. Since the CO2 saving by wind turbines is but a fraction of Britian’s CO2 emissions, clearly the saving of the world’s CO2 is infinitesimally small – so why are we paying through the nose for our electricity and destroying our countryside in the process?
Park Row, Louth.
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