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Wind Industry Lawyer: Brexit Could Help us Kill More Birds and Bats

July 4, 2016

By Paul Homewood 





The inimitable Dellers:


Good news for bird-haters and bat-loathers. A lawyer working for the wind industry says there may, after all, be a silver lining to the Brexit vote: apparently, once Britain is independent, we’ll be freed of all those pesky EU regulations designed to protect our wildlife.

Here’s how the Financial Times‘s Environment Correspondent Pilita Clark puts it:

Still, legal experts say there could be some benefit for the industry from a Brexit, if it waters down costly EU rules protecting birds and other wildlife.

Plans for some of the UK’s biggest wind farms have been scaled back or ditched after companies hit hurdles stemming from the EU’s birds and habitats directives.

Such cases underline the “over-regulation” of the wind farm industry as a result of EU rules, says Jennifer Ballantyne, a planning specialist at the Pinsent Masons law firm.

Yep. Satire is dead.

Here is the Environment Correspondent of a respected and influential newspaper tacitly welcoming the possibility that once freed from EU environment-protecting regulation Britain might actually be free to build more of the wind farms known to kill millions of birds and bats every year.

It appears not to have occurred to Ms Clark that, just because renewables are championed by the environmental lobby doesn’t mean that they are actually good for the environment.

Luckily, as the rest of the piece pretty comprehensively demonstrates, Brexit is proving to be an abject disaster for Big Green.

For example, Germany’s Siemens has put all its UK wind energy ‘investment’ (aka subsidy-grubbing) on hold, while the price of carbon credits has gone through the floor in expectation that the UK will no longer feel bound by the EU’s stringent (and economically suicidal) decarbonisation targets.


You could not make it up!

  1. July 4, 2016 12:42 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News.

  2. July 4, 2016 12:51 pm

    If you want to save birds and bats, you will do away w/ those turbines. Also, solar panel farms fry birds. So, what is his logic? Oh, forgot. These folks don’t use logic–too hard on what little brains they have. This exit will likely lead to more coal-fired plants and less flying animal-killing alternatives.

  3. Dave Ward permalink
    July 4, 2016 2:57 pm

    “Once freed from EU environment-protecting regulation”

    Has it not occurred to the daft bint that EU regulations requiring ever more “renewable” energy might also no longer apply? Once the UK grid has fallen over (it will only need to happen once) our wonderful politicians will quickly see sense.

    O.K. – I was being sarcastic in my second sentence, but one can live in hope…

  4. July 4, 2016 3:00 pm

    Joined-up thinking is not an environmentalist strong point it seems.

  5. Randy permalink
    July 4, 2016 4:12 pm

    You can’t make this stuff up!

  6. July 4, 2016 4:56 pm

    The EU’s “Bird Directive”

    “Annex 4: the directive provides for the sustainable management of hunting but Member States must outlaw all forms of non-selective and large scale killing of birds, especially the methods listed in this annex.”

    I could not find a link to annex 4, but it looks to me like the EU is breaking their own law. Yeah, I know, they have exempted themselves, somewhere in annex 4.

    Like Obama exempted U.S. windmills from punishment for the killing of up to 4,000 American Eagles a year.

    I saw an American Eagle stuck in a tree, on tv this morning. The Eagle was entangled on a limb too high for people to reach and had hung there for two days, unable to escape.

    A military veteran saw what was happening and was given permission to try to free the bird by firing a rifle and knocking the entanglement loose with his bullets. He fired 150 rounds, whittling away at the branch, and finally the bird fell free and was rescued, and is doing fine in a rehabilitation center.

    And I thought, what a wonderful story. And then I thought, when the Eagle is set free, it will have a good chance of flying into a windmill. Obama would say that’s ok with him.

    People concerned about putting CO2 into the atmosphere should focus on the building of new, modern, safe, nuclear powerplants, and forget about this fantasy that windmills are going to solve the problem. They are not, they are only making things worse.

    We have to stop killing all these birds, and the solution is right in front of us if the Greens can get over their phobia about nuclear powerplants. Then, they can do their part to reduce CO2, and let the birds live, and everyone is happy. Except the windmill owners, I guess.

  7. July 4, 2016 11:16 pm

    >>For example, Germany’s Siemens has put all its UK wind energy ‘investment’ on hold<<
    the word missing is NEW : NEW UK wind energy ‘investment’
    The exisiting Hull £310m plan is going ahead, but without the far future export bit
    "Mr Maier insists that investment is safe and will continue". Hull paper
    One example is our Hull blade manufacturing facility that we are building right now, creating 1,000 jobs. The good news is those 1,000 jobs that we are going to create, we are totally committed to.
    “But he said with Britain leaving the EU, there were now questions about the “big prize” for Hull – an export market to Europe

    BBC Siemens UK warns that Brexit vote could hit investment (Note the title is about ALL TYPES of plants not just wind turbines)
    ITV said

    A few days BBC Radio Humberside reported that the second lot of workers are being recruited by Siemens for their new Cameron supported wind-turbine factory in Hull, to start in September-Movember. ITV write-up

    What I heard is that Siemens already closed the German plants . But still has a sister blade factory in Aalborg, Denmark.

    Guess who owns one of the biggest EU-wide windfarm project sales businesses ?
    The guys that make the cables !
    A German based operation of what used to be called Pirelli.

    By the Belgian/Danish builder/operator of UK straw power stations is flush with cash at the moment (extravagant spending), but faces increased price for straw bales this year now the market is saturated.

    • July 5, 2016 8:51 pm

      Is it not incredible that over the last 30 years the UK has lost its heavy engineering manufacturing capacity and is now importing boiler plant (read jobs) from Denmark and France that the UK used to export worldwide (read UK trade balance): UK economists 0: EU economists 5.

  8. July 5, 2016 5:47 am

    “You could not make it up!” is an overused phrase, because lessons are not learned and the insanity and madness of green policy to save the planet keep on repeating and repeating.

  9. July 5, 2016 11:43 am

    Here is a link to the American Eagle rescue story

  10. July 5, 2016 9:01 pm

    At Stewgreen above. A friend of mine from Norfolk tells me that the local farmers are bemoaning the fact that they now have to import straw from Eire,as the locals who do not need straw are selling it to local biomass energy plants.Well done Mrs. Leadsom.

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