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DELINGPOLE: Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars. The Scam Must End Now

January 7, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

A cracking piece from Dellers:

 

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When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes?

I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue to be funnelled into the pockets of crooks, liars, spivs, chancers, con-artists and fantasists in the name of solving the non-existent problem of “climate change.”

Let me give you some examples of what I mean.

Wales’s £18 million tidal energy flop

If there’s one thing everyone who thinks of themselves as reasonable and well-informed knows, tidal power is the thing. How do they know this? Well, because they’re aware that wind and solar power have their flaws but their hearts tell them that renewable energy must be a good thing because it’s clean and it’s free so therefore they’ve decided to pin their hopes on the technology whose crapness hasn’t been tested yet – and that means tidal.

Also they’ll have read thinly-disguised press releases like this article First full-scale tidal generator in Wales unveiled: Deltastream array to power 10,000 homes using ebb and flow of the ocean and gone: “Well they wouldn’t print stuff like that unless it were true, would they?”

But now, surprise surprise, this tidal project – subsidised to the tune of £8 million by the European Union, with another £500,000 from the Welsh government – is lying in ruins on the Pembrokeshire sea bed because the company that ran it – Tidal Energy Ltd – has gone into administration. It failed after just three months of operation.

This is a problem all too familiar with so many projects in the renewable energy sector: see also Solyndra and Abengoa, for example. Because the unreliable, expensive power they produce is not commercially viable, they fold as soon as the government subsidies dry up. But we’re not supposed to mind about public money being squandered in this way because, hey, it’s green and the intentions were good.

Northern Ireland’s £1 billion Renewable Heat Incentive disaster

In 2012, in order to boost renewable energy usage the Northern Irish government hit on the brilliant scheme of subsidising businesses to the tune of a £160 rebate for every £100 they spent on fuels, such as wood pellets, burnt in biomass boilers. Naturally, every business with any sense piled in to grab a piece of this free money.

As the Times(£) reports, this had unintended consequences:

Flaws in the scheme were exposed by a whistleblower who said businesses were buying biomass boilers solely to collect the subsidy. The whistleblower alleged that one farmer expected to make £1 million over 20 years for using a biomass boiler to heat an empty shed, while heating a number of empty factories would net their owner £1.5 million.

Northern Ireland’s auditor-general, Kieran Donnelly, says the RHI had “serious systemic weaknesses from the start” because it did not have the built-in spending controls imposed on a similar scheme in Great Britain. He added that the scheme was vulnerable to abuse and possible fraud.

Now taxpayers face a bill of over £1 billion, £490 million payable by Northern Ireland, the rest by taxpayers in England, Scotland and Wales.

The great £216 million anaerobic digester scam

Anaerobic digesters are machines that turn crops into fuel, by converting agricultural waste into methane which is fed into the national gas grid. This is a very expensive way of producing energy – and  just the sort of thing Jonathan Swift was satirising three centuries ago when his Academy of Laputa in Gulliver’s Travels devised schemes to extract sunbeams from cucumbers.

But in the anaerobic digester case, a gullible British government – the useless Cameron/Clegg Coalition to be specific – actually decided that sunbeams from cucumbers was such a good idea that they’d massively subsidise it through the Renewable Heat Incentive. Naturally, like cockroaches to a rotting carcass, the usual rent-seekers – among them wind turbine developer Dale “Dog On A Rope” Vince have piled in to take advantage of all that free money.

But as David Rose has reported, the Anaerobic Digester business is yet another dodgy eco scam. First there’s not enough agricultural waste to fuel these machines, so instead crops – such as eco-unfriendly maize – are being grown specifically to provide fuel them. A government report has described this as “not a cost-effective means of biomethane production.” No, indeed. Methane gas produced in this way costs three-and-half times as much as that from fossil fuel sources.

On top of this, these AD industrial plants can be highly polluting – both in the form of increased traffic (just one project by Dale Vince’s Ecotricity will involve 12,792 extra “vehicle movements” per year in a hitherto tranquil rural area) and in the form of leaks, like the one that contaminated 70 acres of this farmer’s land. Oh, and it can also cause explosions like the one that blew up a containment tank at Harper Adams agricultural college two years ago.

Wind turbine sickness

Seven families from Banteer, N. Cork in Ireland are set to win a multi-million Euro landmark court ruling in an out-of-court settlement in a long-running case against a German wind turbine manufacturer. They sued because of the damage done to their health by the infrasound and low frequency noise produced by the wind turbines sited near their homes.

This scandal has been simmering for years. I have been reporting since 2012 on the damage to human and animal health caused by wind turbines. But the renewables industry – worth an annual $300 billion – has many powerful vested interests and has persistently sought to cover its tracks with threatening legal letters, gagging clauses, and lavishly funded propaganda by industry trade bodies.

What’s significant about this Irish case is that it now sets a global precedent for further legal action around the world. If I were an investor, I seriously wouldn’t want to be exposed to the wind industry right now: it could face class actions as heavy as the one against Big Tobacco. Although I have no control over the investment strategy of my hedge fund CoolFutures, one of the things I hope it will be doing is shorting wind turbine shares.

I once got into trouble with Australia’s incredibly politically correct press complaints commission for quoting a sheep farmer who described wind farm developers being as bad as paedophiles. I would hereby like to apologise to paedophiles for any offence that may have been caused by this disgusting analogy.

The ruination of mid-Wales

I urge you to sign this petition. All right – so it’s the normally ghastly 38 degrees but this is a cause worth supporting: the preservation of some of the matchlessly beautiful rural Welsh landscape which is threatened with destruction by a massive wind turbine development being foisted on it by the eco-loons in Wales’s Mickey Mouse pretend parliament the Welsh Assembly.

The area involved is at least 600 square miles of the Radnor Hills from the Brecon Beacons all the way to the Shropshire Border. This is planning on a massive scale.

The previous round of wind generations proposals was widely debated and resulted in the so called TAN 8 allocations in areas deemed to be of minimum environmental impact. These new proposals are for an area fifteen times larger, with no Environmental Impact Assessment.

What is being proposed is the expansion of the alternative energy target for our area from 50 megawatts to 600 megawatts. This is an eye-watering hike. The deployment of wind-power on this scale in to the national grid will necessitate the construction of huge windmills (the size of the London Eye) and the installation of ranks of pylons to take their output in to the grid system.

This Grid presently goes from Gloucester to Shrewsbury and then in to Newtown, and from Gloucester to Cardiff. Pylons would have to march up our valleys into all our hills in the designated areas. Access Roads spurring off trunk systems would have to be built up to each windmill, and the depth of concrete footings under each mill (more than 50 feet) would have long term effects on water tables. So the visual effect of the windmills themselves are the least of our worries!

I could, of course, provide many, many further examples of the waste, corruption and environmental damage caused by politicians in cahoots with Big Green. But I think these are more than enough to be going on with.

In the decade or so that I have been covering the Great Green Climate Scam I have often been ridiculed and marginalised by colleagues in the mainstream media as a tin-hat conspiracy theorist. Speaking out against the excesses of the environmental movement has damaged my career, it has damaged my health, it has caused massive upset to my family and it has taken me down an alley where the story has begun to seem so boring and repetitive that every day feels like groundhog day.

But I don’t have the slightest regret about any of this because – like all the dedicated souls, journalists, bloggers, scientists and think tankers who have suffered similarly in this cause – I have done my small bit in a war worth fighting. Pretty soon, now, we are all going to be totally vindicated when Donald Trump assumes office and starts the chain of events which will make it almost impossible for the green boondoggle to continue.

Here is what strikes me as bizarre: we are now at the point where the evidence against the man-made global warming scare has reached critical mass – yet hardly any of our institutions appears to have caught up with the fact.

In the mainstream media, for example, there remain still only a handful of publications prepared to express scepticism about the global warming scare. Our schools and universities are almost completely ideologically warmist.

So too are many institutions – corporations, law firms, trade bodies. So too are the vast majority of churches, of all denominations. So too is almost all local government. So too are significant number of politicians, not just left-wing and green ones, but ones who profess to be conservatives and really ought to know better.

To all these people, I have some questions:

In the light of the examples I have given above – and remember these are just the tip of the iceberg – how comfortable do you feel with your ongoing support for green policy?

Does the warm, gooey feeling you get from championing green causes still offset the damage you now know – demonstrably and incontovertibly – is being done in the name of saving the planet from global warming?

Do you think it’s right, fair or just that inefficient, expensive industries with no environmental benefit should continue to be favoured by government fiat, to the benefit of rent-seeking troughers and to the detriment of ordinary taxpayers, the working poor most especially?

When are you going to apologise to those of us who have been pointing this stuff out for years?

What actual value have professional subsidy-troughers like Dale Vince ever actually created in order to justify their multi-million pound fortunes?

And – one for Theresa May, here: you’re supposed to be a Conservative, a fount of commonsense and a champion of the poor, advised by a man, Nick Timothy, who supposedly totally gets what an enormous scam environmentalism is. So when, exactly, are we going to see some hard evidence of this in the form of actual policy?

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/06/delingpole-green-energy-charter-crooks-liars-scam-must-end-now/

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24 Comments
  1. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    January 7, 2017 11:34 am

    Thankfully he went over to Breitbart.

  2. January 7, 2017 11:44 am

    I linked to this article all over Facebook. Dellers never fails to delight.

    • Jackington permalink
      January 7, 2017 12:20 pm

      I get no delight from it at all; I find it deeply depressing that so many people who are able to put things right will not admit the emperor has no clothes.

    • January 7, 2017 1:01 pm

      The trouble is, Phillip, he lost too much credibility when he let himself get screwed by Nurse! Who was somewhat cavalier with certain facts as a result of which Dellers proved himself not quite in that league for mendacity!

      He is also too much of a polemicist and one day (possibly but hopefully not the day after Trump’s inauguration) he may well stick his neck out too far. It only needs Trump to row back a bit from some of his campaign statements as the realities start to bite for this article to make its author look very silly — not in our eyes but in the eyes of those who have the ear still of the movers and shakers.

      I just wish he wasn’t always so gung-ho black-and-white about it!

      Apart from that, of course, spot on!

      • Athelstan permalink
        January 7, 2017 1:42 pm

        Lord I hope you’re wrong but greatly fear that you are right.

      • January 7, 2017 3:41 pm

        @Mike Jackson and Athelstan, I agree about the really irritating Dellers. But what else can one expect of Bretbart except (mostly) rhetoric and its (mostly) polemics?

        So I Googled for other, more reliable, less predictably polemical sources for truth of the story to verify it.

        It’s mostly true. I offer you all http://www.farmersjournal.ie/wind-company-admits-nuisance-damage-to-neighbours-246465

        The damages will be awarded in April. It will be very interesting to follow what happens next!

      • catweazle666 permalink
        January 7, 2017 5:01 pm

        “he lost too much credibility when he let himself get screwed by Nurse!”

        Actually, Nurse screwed himself, and his NASA colleague Dr. Bindschadler posted an apology on Delingpole’s blog to that effect. Naturally, the egregious pseudoscientist Nurse had neither the courage nor the honour to reciprocate.

        Funny how many of the Delingpole detractors fail to mention that, isn’t it?

        Plus, despite all your assertions to the contrary, I think you will find his research is impeccable.

        Oh, and another of Delingpole’s most satisfying attributes is the way he gets right up the noses of all the most deserving candidates, reducing them to spitting impotence and inducing them to make complete tits of themselves.

      • Nigel S permalink
        January 8, 2017 9:56 am

        Nurse is an expert on yeast.

        Thesis: The spatial and temporal organisation of amino acid pools in Candida utilis

  3. rwoollaston permalink
    January 7, 2017 12:14 pm

    The other major scandal waiting to erupt is biomass as a renewable energy source. The UK goverment sustainability calculator for biomass only looks at the environmental impact of the harvesting, processing and transportation of biomass – NOT at the impact of the destruction of the resource itself. Drax in the UK has just got EU approval to more or less triple its biomass generating capacity. Needless to say, biomass investment by Drax comes with a hefty subsidy price tag in the shape of guaranteed prices for the electricity generated.

    I would like to do an exercise to demonstrate the cost of biomass in environmental terms. I believe that properly managed woodland yields around 5 tonnes of biomass per hectare. However this is labour intensive; biomass harvesting relies on access for large machinery. So we can see that sustainable woodland management cannot economically deliver biomass supply for large scale generation.

    So I’d also like to look at the acreage of woodland required to generate electricity. This would need to include regeneration time (assuming it is replanted) – so, if 1 hectare of woodland needs to be felled to generate an amount of power – X – then between 30 and 50 hectares of woodland area is consumed as it will take 30 to 50 years to regrow the trees.

    Finally, for those electric car enthusiasts out there, I’d like to give them a little calculator to show how much woodalnd area is required to power their car for a year.

    • January 7, 2017 3:54 pm

      @rwoollaston, Private Eye’s Old Sparky has been doing a splendid job on the completely bogus claims (of sustainability) of Drax’s directors and their chopped-up-virgin-forest suppliers.

      In this matter, Notalot… has much in common with the self-styled “environmental and green” lobbyists with which it has declared war.

      It might be actually effective to reach out on this one, Paul Homewood and bring this outrageous travesty of the word “sustainability” to an end? “Effective” and “sustainable” being within the old fashioned OUD meanings of those words, of course!

      • January 7, 2017 4:46 pm

        Certainly it is time someone took a serious and objective look at Drax and the environmental costs of

        clear-felling of forest (I’m assured this is happening but have no way personally of knowing) + transport to the processing plant + chipping + shipping to Yorkshire
        vs
        mining the coal that Drax is sitting on (because that is why it was built there, duh!) and using the latest scrubbing technology to keep genuine pollutants as low as possible which we ought to do anyway as good practice.

        Every time this subject comes up I see lots of fingers in lots of ears and hear a sort of background humming noise that slowly turns into “la-la-la”. Either this whole biomass business is a con trick or it isn’t. Which is it?

        Gerry, please!
        I came here because it appears to be a Brexit-free zone. MUST we drag Dellers’ (or anyone else’s) views on that subject into discussions on climate and energy?

    • January 7, 2017 4:39 pm

      Not to mention the obvious, burning biomass releases CO2 just like any hydrocarbon, so what’s the advantage?!

  4. Gerry, England permalink
    January 7, 2017 12:49 pm

    Dellers in great form sticking to a subject he knows well. Shame he is so poor on Brexit but then so is everyone else. Just think of the benefit that could have been achieved without wasting our money on these scams. We could have kept the money and spent it more wisely. It is not as if their claim to create lots of ‘green’ jobs is ever true. Destroys them at over 3 to 1 more like.

    • Nigel S permalink
      January 8, 2017 10:01 am

      Pretty spot on on Brexit I think you’ll find. he was a major supporter of ‘Brexit The Movie’ (I’ve got the DVD and the nice enamel lapel badge).

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 8, 2017 12:22 pm

        I should clarify that it is his comments post referendum that are stupid as he is one of those who is touting a self-harming Brexit where we ruin our economy for no good reason. I never watched Brexit The Movie since I doubted that it contained anything I didn’t already know and most likely lots of claims that were complete rubbish.

  5. Athelstan permalink
    January 7, 2017 12:49 pm

    Drax burning wood is stupid, electric cars are boondoggles, how bad can it get, well the EU wants all domestic users to be cooking on electric appliances by 2050, so that al domestic gas users will all have to convert, quite apart from the mere fact that gas for heating and water is a very efficient way of utilizing a God given bonanza – that’s insanity and ocean going stupidity.

    As James so eloquently begs:

    And – one for Theresa May, here: you’re supposed to be a Conservative, a fount of commonsense and a champion of the poor, advised by a man, Nick Timothy, who supposedly totally gets what an enormous scam environmentalism is. So when, exactly, are we going to see some hard evidence of this in the form of actual policy?

    This is the greatest political open goal in history and may she could score the winning strike, all it takes is a simple word, as Maggie had it, “NO, NO, NO!”

    Just think, back to reality and what a boon it would be for us all, cheap and plentiful electrical energy for the poor, for; schools, GPs surgeries, hospitals, offices, homes, businesses, industry, manufacturing, just burn coal, encourage gas and for cars and throw off the green goggles and get with: fossil fuels and be loving it and because with Mr. Trump in charge unless Britain gets with that – America will leave us for dead.

    Come over to the real world, the right side Theresa, Britain needs a leader – so be one.

  6. sarastro92 permalink
    January 7, 2017 3:02 pm

    Sorry. The UK and Germany must fail spectacularly as an absolute Object Lesson for the rest of the world that resonates for decades. Sorry chumps. You made yourself sacrificial lambs This ugly farce must play out.

    • January 7, 2017 3:39 pm

      We had nothing to do with it. We have opposed this political stupidity for years.

      • sarastro92 permalink
        January 8, 2017 5:29 am

        The Germans in particular are rapidly in favor of Green Energy… though shutting down nuclear was judged to be far more important than containing CO2 emissions… Merkel has stayed in power so long because she reflects the values and wishes of the broad middle classes in Germany… Same, largely true in the UK.. of course there are dissidents… but they don’t win elections.

        Only when the pain becomes unbearable with the German and UK voters learn the lessons of Green Energy farce. Other forms of didactics don’t work.

        In fact, pols like Merkel will be edged out because the pain levels of Muslim immigration are becoming intolerable to may (but not most Germans)… and even so, the SPD is even more fanatical than Merkel on most issues…

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 8, 2017 12:27 pm

        I agree with you that until the catastrophe that they have caused to happen really starts to take effect then they are blind to reason. That other nations aren’t following our path to destruction may just be luck on their part that they haven’t been able to. As to being able to change it by democracy, the main parties are all for this self-harming and the only alternative Ukip has become a shambles. It would also help if we had a functioning democracy but we don’t.

  7. markl permalink
    January 7, 2017 4:35 pm

    Truth is catching up to the hype and instead of saving the world the politician perpetrators will be now looking to save their butts. Remember who the renewable proselytizers are and vote them out of office.

  8. January 7, 2017 6:10 pm

    Wind energy is just a place for mafia to hide money. Just google it.

  9. January 8, 2017 1:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    And to think, for every feel-good wind and solar boondoggle that is built, another fossil fuel plant has to be added or upgraded to provide base-load energy for when the wind don’t blow and the sun don’t shine!

    Mind blowing insanity.

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