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Wind farm in Germany is being dismantled to expand coal mine

October 26, 2022

By Paul Homewood


h/t Ben Vorlich

You could not make it up!




A wind farm in Germany is being dismantled to expand the Garzweiler lignite mine. One of eight turbines installed at the location in 2001 has already been removed. Nevertheless, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said it would phase out coal by 2030, as did RWE, the company that owns the mine.

Wind turbines near the Garzweiler open pit mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, run by German energy giant RWE, is being removed to make way for more lignite exploitation.

The turbines were in operation since 2001, and government subsidies have expired. Energiekontor and wpd, which is also active in the Balkans, operate the wind farm.

On a more serious level though, the story reports that the development of the lignite reserves has led to the forced relocation of many villages:



Am I the only one to feel insulted by the BBC, Committee on Climate Change , Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and the rest of the green mafia, who constantly tell us that Britain is lagging behind the rest of the world in fighting climate change?

  1. catweazle666 permalink
    October 26, 2022 9:20 pm

    Excellent, hopefully the first of many.
    Let’s hope it catches on!

  2. Janice Moore permalink
    October 26, 2022 9:34 pm


  3. William George permalink
    October 26, 2022 9:39 pm

    According to Sunak we can expect more turbines and no fracking. Not surprised as he is the WEF candidate.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      October 26, 2022 9:47 pm

      Let’s see what happens over the winter, especially if it’s cold and there’s a wind drought over the UK and Europe.

      • alastairgray29yahoocom permalink
        October 26, 2022 10:48 pm

        The Beast from the East will be our friend. Roll on these lazy, hazy, freezing,windless days of winter. Freeze and reflect on the green idiocy that got us here. This may be the time where reality bites and humanity begins to heal.- At least those of us who do not pay with pour lives for the vanity of the green blob. And let us not forget.

      • October 27, 2022 10:21 am

        It’s unusually warm at the moment because the jet stream is dipping far south and bringing warm air up from Spain and France. Into November, the jet stream is still going to remain active but will be drawing air from mid Atlantic, so it will be just as wet, but a bit colder! Not until mid November is there any evidence of a pattern change where continental air might start to dominate.

  4. Gamecock permalink
    October 26, 2022 9:55 pm

    Lützerath is a pockmark on the highway.

    ‘who constantly tell us that Britain is lagging behind the rest of the world in fighting climate change?’

    Britain produces <0.04% of the world's CO2. There is nothing you can do – NOTHING – that would make any damn difference at all.

    Kill your pensioners for NOTHING.

    • Realist permalink
      October 28, 2022 11:31 am

      How can the UK be producing zero point zero four percent of world CO2 when there is only 0.04% of CO2 in the first place and even the alarmists say that only three percent of that 0.04% is “man-made”

  5. markl permalink
    October 26, 2022 10:38 pm

    “… and government subsidies have expired ….” Aha! The real reason.

    • October 27, 2022 7:15 am

      And at over 20 years old they had reached the end of their uneconomic life.

      • Julian Flood permalink
        October 27, 2022 8:08 am

        I see what you did there.


  6. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 26, 2022 10:59 pm

    I don’t yet detect a general realization that our energy problems are deep seated two decade policy consequences tho’ Matt Ridley’s blog and Daily Mail article of 31 November 2021 spelt it out.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 27, 2022 11:18 am

      That’s because we are surrounded by ignorant people – some wilfully so, others intellectually lacking. That’s why the common thought is that it will take a collapse before they wake up to what has been done to them.

  7. Andrew Harding permalink
    October 27, 2022 12:56 am

    Anyone, who thinks that an increase in atmospheric CO2 from 0.03% to 0.042%, constitutes a “Climate Crisis” is an idiot!

    Please debate?

  8. ancientpopeye permalink
    October 27, 2022 7:10 am

    As I have repeatedly said before, UK Governments would bankrupt this country to get NetZero (less than 1%) whilst other countries merely pay lip service. When will these useful idiots learn?

    • Julian Flood permalink
      October 27, 2022 8:06 am

      Until we get a hard winter with either unaffordable energy costs or rationing with blackouts the lethal policies will be followed to the end. Is it better to accept de-industrialisation slowly or hope for a major energy crash to bring our politicians to their senses?

      Who signed off the reduction in our gas storage facilities? The LPG tanker hanging around the EU would give us the stuff free.

      Sunak’s first announcement, a fracking ban, must go down as the most stupid beginning of a new regime for twenty years. As inept as Gordon Brow,n, now there’s a way to be remembered.


  9. October 27, 2022 7:37 am

    This subject is covered on Watts up with that and this was planned and agreed when the wind farm was set up. It has reached the 20 years life of subsidies and is now being dismantled. Really there is probably little life left in it anyway.
    And yet they are saying that by 2030 the mine will shut as there will have been a transition to renewables and lignite will not be needed?
    I think we’ll have to see about that?

  10. Derek Wood permalink
    October 27, 2022 8:50 am

    This tells everyone all they need to know.

  11. David permalink
    October 27, 2022 10:26 am

    Of course when our power cuts come this winter 95% of the population will swallow the story that it’s all because of Putin’s war

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 27, 2022 11:25 am

      I thought the magic number was always 97% and probably closer to the true number of ignoramuses that surround us.

  12. October 27, 2022 11:47 am

    Maybe someone in Germany saw that picture of the 5 miners (plus owner) of the little dead electric car pushing it up the hill to the mine charging station in Tucker County, WV. The miner who posted the picture is WV State Senator, Randy Smith.

    One of the miners gave the owner (from Washington, DC for a Labor Day weekend….likely at nearby Blackwater Falls or Canaan Valley State Parks) a “Friends of Coal” license plate.

  13. Tim Spence permalink
    October 27, 2022 3:17 pm

    I’d like to know how the turbines will be recycled.
    Also if they remove the thousand tonnes of reinforced concrete in the foundations of each turbine to make it easier for the coal miners.

  14. Ben Vorlich permalink
    October 27, 2022 5:12 pm

    Watched the ITV News at 10pm last night. It’s worse than the BBC for throwing “Climate Change” into every news item possible. Tom Bradby is trying to take on the mantle recently left by the unlamented Roger Harrabin as the Climate Change guru.
    I try not to watch and MSM News, but it has to be on in our house

  15. avro607 permalink
    October 27, 2022 7:21 pm

    There was a book published in 2010 by Derek Birkett titled:When Will The Lights Go Out-Britains looming energy crisis.He brilliantly outlines all the problems that have ultimately come to pass.
    Those idiots that despoil our Parliament have no excuse.

  16. A+man+of+no+rank permalink
    October 27, 2022 8:05 pm

    The population, around Cologne, were relocated. Could that 1 lady who lives near the Blackpool site, and is forever supporting the BBC on Northwest Tonight, not be relocated?

  17. Realist permalink
    October 28, 2022 11:26 am

    They should have expanded the coal mine in the first place rather than wasting resources on windmills

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