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UK — Wind Farm fanatics are bankrupting us with their hot air

James Delingpole — Express.co.uk — Feb. 2012

The chairman of the National Trust finally admitted what the rest of us have known for some time: wind farms are the ugliest, most stupid, environmentally damaging, expensive, wasteful and utterly pointless monstrosities ever to deface the British landscape.

Not that Sir Simon Jenkins put it quite so bluntly. But from the chairman of a conservation organisation with four million members, 28,500 acres and 700 miles of coastline this was still pretty powerful and damning stuff. Wind power, said Jenkins, is not only the “least efficient” form of renewable energy but it also “wrecks the countryside”.

Nor do wind power’s disastrous side effects end there. It also: wipes out birds (400,000 a year in the US alone), drives anyone who lives nearby mad with its strobing effects and low subsonic hum, trashes property values, costs between three and nine times the amount of conventional energy, creates the fuel poverty which has caused hypothermia deaths to soar this year, slows economic growth, blights views destroys jobs and produces such unreliable, intermittent energy it requires near-100 per cent backup from conventional power. Apart from that, though, wind power is great.

Ten years ago, at the height of the man-made global warming craze, Jenkins’ remarks might have got him into an awful lot of trouble. Today they just sound like a statement of the bleeding obvious. Apart from hardcore eco-activists, the only people left who believe in wind farms these days are ignorant politicians, crony capitalist energy companies and rent-seeking fat cats. The 15 biggest estate owners receive no less than £850million a year in subsidies – paid for by a hidden tariff added to our electricity bills.

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