How to earn yourself a cool $12,000 simply by thinking clearly
Just so we are clear about the importance of wind farms in reducing our carbon output on the planet, Matt Ridley reports that to the nearest whole number, “the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero.”
Yes. That’s right, zero. In addition, Ridley detects that the wind blowing against wind energy is fast becoming a torrent of darkness for this useless, costly, destructive industry.
Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, polluting lakes in Inner Mongolia with the toxic and radioactive tailings from refining neodymium, a ton of which is in the average turbine — despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach half a per cent worldwide.
The article offers us a glimmer of hope by suggesting that the British government is at last wavering in its enthusiasm for this wasteful, mad industry. Ridley outlines just why it is useless, how it has led to the most shocking corruption, and how the shale gas revolution, of all things, is forcing government’s to see wind for what it is: expensive, uneconomic and finally, totally outdated.
Ridley has been important in the general debate on global warming and in his understanding of the folly of Green projects. He explains the evident madness of these projects as a form of ”noble cause corruption”.
Politicians are especially susceptible to this condition. In a wish to be seen as modern, they will embrace all manner of fashionable causes. When this sets in — groupthink grips political parties, and the media therefore decide there is no debate — the gravest of errors can take root. The subsidising of useless wind turbines was born of a deep intellectual error, one incubated by failure to challenge conventional wisdom.
It is precisely this consensus-worshipping, heretic-hunting environment where the greatest errors can be made. There are some 3,500 wind turbines in Britain, with hundreds more under construction. It would be a shame for them all to be dismantled. The biggest one should remain, like a crane on an abandoned quay, for future generations to marvel at. They will never be an efficient way to generate power. But there can be no better monument to the folly of mankind.