British Media Declare All-Out War On Green Energy Lobby

  • Date: 24/02/13

Blackout Britain: EU Eco-Directive Puts Millions at Risk of Power Cuts

One million homes narrowly escaped a power cut last month as bitterly cold weather placed a massive strain on Britain’s creaking electricity network. And as a spell of bitter cold once more hits the UK, the near switch-off which came so perilously close on that freezing afternoon, underscores the magnitude of the energy crisis.

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Blackout Britain: EU Eco-Directive Puts Millions at Risk of Power Cuts

Sunday Express, 24 February 2013

One million homes narrowly escaped a power cut last month as bitterly cold weather placed a massive strain on Britain’s creaking electricity network.

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Office workers in London attempt to keep warm during the 1974 power cuts. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue. Last night experts warned that life-threatening blackouts are increasingly likely as “we head downhill – fast”…

And as a spell of bitter cold once more hits the UK, the near switch-off which came so perilously close on that freezing afternoon, underscores the magnitude of the energy crisis.

Fawley is one of a number of coal and oil power stations being forced into retirement to comply with EU environmental targets. [...]

Ann Robinson, consumer champion at uSwitch, said: “We are facing disaster on energy prices. The dynamic has changed, but the thinking hasn’t.

“What worries me most is that the average household energy bill will be £1,400 by end of the year; £1,500 is a cliff edge at which most people say they’ll switch off the heating entirely.”

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Green Energy Bill may drag Britain into a new Dark Age

Mail on Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mr Yeo has moved an extraordinary amendment to the Energy Bill that would set a crippling and binding target for the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by generating power in 2030. It would transform the electricity industry and bring huge benefits to the business sector, which has so generously rewarded Mr Yeo.

For the rest of us, however, the effects will be very different. It will cause already high energy bills to soar further and could lead to more power cuts. The effect on business is likely to be even more dramatic…

‘Even without the amendment, the long-term consequences of the Bill will be horrible,’ said Professor Gordon Hughes of Edinburgh University, one of Britain’s leading experts on energy economics. He issued a strong warning the ‘surreal’ amendment could spell the end of British  industry. ‘It’s a recipe for deindustrialisation,’ he said.

Prof Hughes thinks the choice is stark: ‘Either we get rid of this obsession, or we give away our future to the rest of the world. The question is whether we’re serious about our economic future or not.’

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Landowners ‘£1 Billion Wind Farm Boom’

The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2013

Scotland’s wealthiest private landowners are on course to earn around £1 billion in rental fees from wind farm companies, according to a book published yesterday by a senior Tory politician.

Struan Stevenson, a Conservative MEP, estimated the sum will be paid over the next eight years to at least a dozen landowners willing to allow turbines on their estates and farms.

He suggested the wealthiest Scots are benefiting from the spread of wind farms at the expense of consumers, who have to heavily subsidise the technology in their energy bills.

Among the landowners named in the book is the Duke of Roxburghe, who, he estimated, could earn £1.5 million a year from turbines erected in the Lammermuir Hills.

Titled So Much Wind – The Myth of Green Energy, the book also claims that the spread of wind farms is leading to a new wave of Clearances as families are forced to move away by the construction of industrial turbines.

“We’re seeing in Scotland the biggest transfer of money from the poor to the rich that we’ve ever seen in our history,” he told a press conference in Edinburgh.

“In parts of the Highlands now tourism is being effectively destroyed and people are leaving the Highlands because tourists no longer want to go there with the landscape bristling with wind factories and industrial wind turbines.

“It’s a catastrophic policy that could lead to the lights going out in Scotland and power cuts in the years ahead. It’s time this was exposed.”

His book argued that “money is the driver” behind landowners’ willingness to allow the construction of wind farms on their estates and farms.

“Rental payments vary and are top secret but it is estimated that a dozen or more of Scotland’s wealthiest private landowners will pocket around £1 billion in rental fees over the next eight years,” he wrote.

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Wind Farms Will Create More CO2, Say Scientists

The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2013

Thousands of Britain’s wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year.

The finding, which threatens the entire rationale of the onshore wind farm industry, will be made by Scottish government-funded researchers who devised the standard method used by developers to calculate “carbon payback time” for wind farms on peat soils.

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Christopher Booker: One day, turning off the lights won’t be up to you

The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2013

Governments have taken suicidal gambles with our energy supplies

[…] The harsh fact is that successive governments in the past 10 years have staked our national future on two utterly suicidal gambles. First, they have fallen for the delusion that we can depend for nearly a third of our future power on those useless and unreliable windmills – which will require a dozen or more new gas-fired power stations just to provide back-up for when the wind is not blowing.

Yet, at the same time, by devices such as the increasingly punitive “carbon tax” due to come into force on April 1, they plan to double the cost of the electricity we get from grown-up power stations, which can only have the effect in the coming years of doubling our electricity bills, driving millions more households into fuel poverty.

If our government were not lost in a bubble of complete make-believe, it would keep open those coal-fired power stations the EU is forcing us to close next month (although it may be too late), it would stop subsidising grotesquely expensive wind farms, and it would go flat out to exploit Britain’s vast reserves of the shale gas that has more than halved US gas prices in four years.

But we do not have such a government.

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Cameron’s idiocy will put you in dark, cold poverty

Sunday Express, 24 February

THE main task of the Department of Energy used to be keeping the lights on but windmill-obsessed David Cameron and his coalition cronies have changed all that.

Now we have a Department of Lethargy (aka Climate Change), more keen on closing down old power stations than opening new ones.

There has been nothing like it since the Luddites vainly tried to halt the Industrial Revolution by smashing up new labour-saving machines.

The political class, many of them millionaires and all with fat salaries and gold-plated pensions, could not care less. IN 2009 more than four million households were in “fuel poverty” (spending more than 10 per cent of their income keeping warm).

That will rise to six million next year. The vicious reality is that climate change wallies like Cameron, Clegg and Miliband are forcing millions of poor people to choose between heating and eating….

Even if that increase in temperature were significant it makes no sense for Britain to pursue Luddite policies which few non-Europeans are following. If we closed down all activity the cut in carbon dioxide would be less than the proposed annual increase in China and India….

Labour’s Climate Change Act 2008 was endorsed by Cameron and Clegg and their respective parties. Only a handful of Thatcherite backbenchers like Peter Lilley and Christopher Chope voted against and yet it will cost consumers £720billion (or £18billion a year) for 40 years.

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