The figures involved and outlined below are so appalling, even by the wasteful standards of Cubanized socialist provincial administrations of the EU like this one in Westminster, that they have to be repeated here today.
Apart from the opportunity-cost of NOT building updated Nuclear capacity as soon as possible, one has to consider a world in which the British are fighting at least two wars at once, probably for the foreseeable future: the very public and probably deliberate underfunding of our defence capability, not to mention letting the poor Tommies themselves go without essential weaponry, vehicles and protection is despicable, is probably an effect of all this lefty “windery”, and in my humble opinion is deliberate since ageing 1960s lefty hippy longhaired druggie student activists probably don’t like soldiers much, and especially Western liberal State soldiers, unless they
(1) fight for dictocrasts or Jerks-in-Mercs-in-sunspecs, or
(2) goose-step en masse while looking up-stage-right somewhere off camera, or
(3) look like Che Guevara (who was anyway not a proper soldier but a fascist murderer, and your T-shirt is NOT cool.)
That sentence is so long that it ought to have been my headline.
Astonishing cost to consumers of wind farms.
MP FOR NORTH SHROPSHIRE
SHADOW SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Parliamentary Replies exposes astonishing cost to consumers of wind farms.
Owen Paterson has been astonished by a number of Parliamentary Replies from Government Ministers on the cost of wind farms. Firstly the Renewables Obligation will cost consumers £25.1billion between 2002 and 2027.
He also attempted to get from the government some idea of the huge costs of connecting the planned 7,000 wind turbines to the national grid.
In a confusing response, Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks gave a number of figures adding up to over £10billion: £560 million to connect new renewable generation in Scotland and the North of England; further £3.8 billion to cover network refurbishment and the costs of accommodating new generators between 2007 and 2012; £5.7billion from 2005 to 2010 to cover network refurbishment and development.
Another astonishing reply revealed that the government has not worked out the cost of decommissioning wind farms and restoring sites to their original conditions.
Owen Paterson said “£10 billion is the same amount that it would cost to build seven new nuclear power stations, which would deliver exactly the same amount of power as the installed capacity of the 7,000 wind turbines. The Government seems to be telling us that just to connect 7,000 wind turbines to the grid will cost more than it would to generate the same amount of energy from nuclear power stations. This is before we take into account the enormous cost of building the turbines.”
I will be tabling further questions to try to clarify the answers I have received so far. The above information is astonishing and clearly vindicates VORTEX and other campaigners in Shropshire opposed to wind farms which are clearly a massive waste of consumers’ money.
Note to editors
Owen’s PQs can be found on the Hansard Website
Further note to editors;
The Libertarian Alliance’s executive Committee believes that massive State purchases of so-called “renewable” energy generation “capacity” (using money extorted from taxpayers most of whom are opposed to it) are a tragic waste of both financial resources and also the opportunity to deploy those resources towards truly “renewable” electricity generation sources, such as Nuclear power stations. (Individual members of the Libertarian Alliance may disagree with this opinion.)