I'd rather my wife made land mines than worked in the wind farm industry

If there’s an industry in the world that deserves to be stigmatised more than any other, it’s the despicable, reprehensible, money-grubbing, mendacious, taxpayer-fleecing, bird-mangling, landscape-ruining, economy-blighting wind farm business. At least you could argue that blood diamonds make nice jewellery and that land mine manufacturers are making a valuable contribution to infantry defence. But wind farms are not merely worthless but actively evil – and anyone involved in them deserves to be as pilloried and despised as estate agents were in the Eighties or bankers are now.

For chapter and verse on why they are such an abomination, I must refer you to Dr John Etherington’s definitive The Wind Farm Scam, which explains in comprehensive and unarguable detail precisely why wind farms are one of the most inefficient forms of power generation since the human treadmill and why they can only ever possibly be economically viable with the help of massive (and entirely unjustified) taxpayer subsidy.

And then there’s the recent Spanish experience. From Steve Goreham’s superb book Climatism – about the many disasters that have been caused by the global warming religion – we learn that Spain’s concerted government-funded drive towards wind and solar power has been an utter catastrophe. Electricity costs have risen by 60 per cent while the 50,000 “green jobs” it created cost 571,000 Euros per job via government subsidy, effectively losing 2.2 jobs in the real economy for every one created in the green one.

Now, we learn today, the wife of Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is to take a lucrative job in this vibrant, go-ahead industry. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez – as she chooses to call herself, presumably because it sounds a lot classier than Mrs Clegg – will be acting as an independent adviser to Acciona, the world’s largest wind farm supplier.

Apparently, to avoid any “conflict of interest”, she will not be advising it on any of its British projects. Oh, right. And presumably she’ll also be knocking off her salary that portion of Acciona’s profits – courtesy of UK taxpayer subsidy – made from building the four wind farms our economy and landscape need about as much as we need an outbreak of nuclear war or John Prescott or Ebola.

PS Some of you seem to be under the impression that I don’t love you or that I have not been fighting your corner over the great (Telegraph) comment redesign. You should be ashamed of yourselves for making such unfounded accusations. Who do you think it was, for example, who insisted on having Gulfvictim’s comment restored the other day? I am doing what I can and have been assured that my blog especially will be kept moderation-light. Obviously, I shall be monitoring this with as much interest as you will. But FFS, some of you, give me the benefit of the doubt and get off my case.

14 thoughts on “I'd rather my wife made land mines than worked in the wind farm industry”

  1. Sorry for the nonsense today had to test the limits of the filter you have on the blogs over on the DT, you are fighting an uphill battle to get them to stop censoring the words muslim and gay and race etc. Swearing is out but that is a minor inconvenience as I managed to get away with merkins. The format is hard to navigate but not I’m sure everyone will get used to it. A smirking duckham lording it over all is galling and I’m missing captainsherlocks Quebecois Lesbian assassins or as we now have to call them Quebecois Saphist assassins.
    Some of the old crowd are now just lurking now and would rather post here then on the DT and on our new bunker over at ozboys. Theepilogue admitted over there to be being mister mutltiple personality and it was a deliberate plan of his to scupper your blog. Feel free to pop over occasionally and chat people are angry right now but that will pass.

  2. I will stay and post on your regular blog as I refuse to surrender and what is it with Damien T’s avatar he looks like a demented ferret wearing a mop you may wish to tell him.

  3. I have to smile at all this wrangling over moderation, as I have tried umpteen times to register at the DT and have yet to be rewarded with the promised email confirming my registration. I sent an email asking for assistance and, mirabile dictu, received a reply from one Alan Edwards of “Telegraph Direct”, who came across as being a couple of coupons short of a toaster, but promised to look into it. He eventually replied saying I should wait a couple of days and try again.

    Same result.

    Sent him another email.

    Silence has ensued.

    Still, at least I can come here and help turn the spit on which M-B-P roasts, slowly…

  4. Hmmm. I know what you mean, but even so maybe land mines was a bit wide of the mark. Strange isn’t it, how ideas get rooted. In Victorian times, civic duty, manners and philanthropy were the ‘big things’, now we have quasi-religions of environmentalism and AGW, which unfortunately are entirely negative. The Victorians had a noble history of effort and industry, capability and care. We are likely to be remembered for stupidity.

  5. Tom Forrester-Paton says:
    June 10, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Shocking Schtuff!!!

    You’re a good soldier
    Choosing your battles
    Pick yourself up
    And dust yourself off
    And back in the saddle

  6. @Tom Forrester-Paton on June 10, 2010 at 6:07 am
    I had the same problem. Telegraph activation emails never arrived at my NTLworld.com account.

    The solution is to create yourself a proxy email account (at for example http://www.yahoo.co.uk) and quote that email address when registering with the Telegraph. You’ll then receive the activation email at your proxy account.

    Curiously, having set my proxy account to forward all traffic to my NTLworld account, I found that the forwarded Telegraph emails came through fine. Perhaps the Telegraph just doesn’t support certain ISPs’ email operations.

  7. There have never been any moderation issues on this blog. If you dozy cuntybollox had ever bothered to look before some Guardian reader successfully put a bat up your nightdresses.
    Here on Anglesey the farmers get paid £1500 a year to have wind turbines erected on their fields. That is £1500 per turbine per year. Nice work if you can get it.
    But don’t worry. It is all paid for by “The Government”.

    Regards
    Pete

  8. Peter Crawford: The Anglesey farmers must be a bit backward. The going rate is £k10 to £15k per turbine per year. It’s still only a tiny % of the money the owners make from us electricity consumers.

  9. So what your saying they really are such things as winfarms and windfarmers, ooh ahh got me a purdy gud crop of lectric this summer.

  10. Tom Forrester-Paton says:
    June 10, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Hi Tom,

    Yeah I know what you mean, had the exact same problem.
    Got myself another Email address, try gmx or hotmail etc and try it at DT, you’ll get in no problem.

    regards, Ed.

  11. There is enough wind offshore from the UK to power the entire country and the cars 4 times over.

    The solution to the very high cost of today’s old technology wind turbines is to replace them with sterling accelerated wind turbines. These jet-speed turbines will operate for twice the annual hours and make 3-4 times the power. Thus making wind electricity cheaper than any other power plant….. and they can’t kill birds.

    Intermittent wind energy can easily and cheaply be stored in conventional pumped-hydro schemes in Scotland’s hills and valleys. These can be made to improve the natural environment and make wildlife flourish.

    See; http://www.zero-carbon-energy.com/pumped-hydro.htm

    If you actually took the time to study it you would see that accelerated wind is the world’s answer to cheap, clean, forever energy independence.

    Wind farm developers merely have to move from the propeller age to the jet age to save England from the tyranny of fossil fuel blackmail.

    See; http://www.all-natural-energy.com/

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