The best article on wind farms you will ever read

Before I got sidetracked this morning by my sublime irritation at the Coalition’s latest ludicrous foray into Nanny Statism, what I’d meant to blog about was this.

Some of you will have seen it already. It’s by the great Kevin Myers, it ran in yesterday’s Irish Independent (not the English one, for reasons which are bleeding obvious) and it’s the best piece anyone has written, EVER, about wind farms.

Here’s a taste:

Russia’s main gas-company, Gazprom, was unable to meet demand last weekend as blizzards swept across Europe, and over three hundred people died. Did anyone even think of deploying our wind turbines to make good the energy shortfall from Russia?

Of course not. We all know that windmills are a self-indulgent and sanctimonious luxury whose purpose is to make us feel good. Had Europe genuinely depended…

(to read more, click here)

2 thoughts on “The best article on wind farms you will ever read”

  1. Hi James, whilst I sympathise with your misgivings about wind farms (because I don’t wan’t to see the industrialisation of our country side), I do not share your blind faith that we can do without them. However, I do wish the government would put much more effort into investing in all forms or renewable energy (rather than pulling the rug from under people’s feet w.r.t. feed-in-tariff subsidies).

    Where our views diverge massively, of course is that, despite the absence of any discernible scientific understanding, you have convinced yourself that Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) is a scam; whereas I understand that most relevantly-qualified scientists are convinced that ACD-denial is a scam.

    Good luck with that! Let’s hope the people behind Climategate 2.0 are not so stupid to repeat their stunt a third time, the joke is wearing a bit thin now – most intelligent people have seen it for what it was – a mendacious attempt to discredit climate science and scientists by publishing data-mined, cherry-picked quotations devoid of context, etc., etc..


    Anthony Watts has been unmasked as a master of a Heartland Institute-funded misinformation campaign? What will it be next? Will we discover that the Heartland Institute was behind Climategate itself? I for one would not bet against it.

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