Monday, 30 April 2012

The latest news about wind farms is ball-bouncingly funny

It’s rare these days to wake up to a news story that makes one laugh out loud – but research suggesting that wind farms in Texas have caused the local temperature to rise during the past ten years certainly had me roaring. (I quickly checked the date on the paper just to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day special.)

I won’t bother reviewing the standard “anti” arguments (wind farms kill bird, destroy natural beauty, cost us all a fortune, don’t do a tenth of what’s claimed on their behalf, etc.)– I’d just refer any enthusiasts to the collected works of James Delingpole, Christopher Booker, Lord Lawson and Viscount Monckton – but, just as Climate Changers know, deep in their shrivelled, self-righteous, pseudo-scientific little souls, that global warming exists and that we’re all to blame in a very real sense, I know that wind farms represent a colossal lie.

The problem for Climate Change sceptics (i.e. rationalists) is that most of the effects of the policies designed to combat this non-existent problem are hidden from the tax-payers footing the bill – and the poor people in poor countries forced to remain poor so that rich Western eco-wankers can feel great about themselves have other things on their mind, like trying to stay alive. We don’t tend to associate rising fuel bills and lack of economic growth with renewable energy policies. And brown-skinned Third Worlders die in droves anyway, so who’s to say that the family in any particular mud hut expired because some ridiculous, puffed-up local politician (in return for a patronising pat on the head from enlightened white folk) denied them a technology that might possibly have emitted carbons – but might also have helped them flourish.

But wind-farms are a painfully, horribly, maddeningly visible manifestation of the AGW idiocy. Worse, we can identify the rich people who are making money off them (step forward, David Cameron’s father-in-law, a prominent beneficiary of our ruling oligarchy). That’s why wind turbines – the great hope of the eco-movement - are likely to prove warmists’ Achilles heel.

I have no idea whether this latest piece of research (described as “pretty solid” by Professor Steven Sherwood, co-Director of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales) actually proves anything – but I bet it’s as valid as much of the rubbish cited by the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change, an outfit which seems happy to swallow any old eco-activist tosh to be found on the web, and refuses to repudiate the findings of pro-AGW “scientists” later proved to have deliberately covered up unhelpful data.

But that’s the point – the science isn’t settled, and yet governments and international organisations and rich land-owners and spivvy technology companies and "activists" have taken it as gospel either in order to fill their boots at our expense or to give their humndrum lives some sense of meaning. Ideally, both.

Last week, one of the Green Movement’s leading lights – James “Gaia” Lovelock – dropped this little bombshell: “The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books— mine included —because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened.” (A positively Damascene conversion – just two short years ago he was busy telling us that human being were “too stupid” to prevent climate change.)

Anyway, nobody seems to have given our Prime Minister the news that the whole silly, disastrous game is well and truly up. Four days ago, speaking at an international climate change conference in London, Cameron backed plans for 70 monstrous turbines to be constructed off the North East Coast – despite one hundred of his back-benchers writing to him to express their alarm at the government’s ruinous Green policies and George Osborne’s well-known opposition to all this eco-balderdash. (Yet another reason why Posh Boy can go and whistle for my vote next time round.)

Meanwhile, we can all look forward to at least a decade of stories pointing out that the AGW Emperor’s privates are on public display – and they’re distinctly unimpressive.

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