Tragic news for Aberdeen Bay today. Eleven useless windmills are to be built offshore at a cost of £230m.
The beautiful scene above will be ruined in order to pander to the 'green renewables revolution'
All the usual rubbish has been spouted on the local tv stations tonight. "Enough power for 50,000 homes" and " ensuring a low carbon future with sustainable green energy" were repeated often.
All rubbish of course.
The windmills will provide 25% of their claimed output at most. Often providing nothing when it's not windy or too windy to operate. Windmill output falls dramatically after about 10 years and replacement of key parts is expensive. California has 14,000 windmills that have been left to rot. The UK's 4,000 windmills regularly produce nothing. Especially in winter when high pressure sits over the UK for weeks. Maintenance on a 640 feet high windmill in the North Sea in winter will be 'challenging'. The windmill will just be shut down until the weather improves.
They will require 100% back up from coal, gas or nuclear energy.
According to the met office there's been no 'global warming' for 17 years despite a massive increase in CO2 levels and hundreds of coal fired power stations opening around the world. Despite this our politicians still believe in the global warming myth.
Offshore wind power has been a disaster elsewhere. Costing 4 times the cost of expensive onshore wind power and being prone to failing foundations due to swirling sea currents. Not to mention the effects on local fishing grounds and bird migrations. Germany has belatedly realised it's mistake of relying on wind power and is building 23 new coal powered stations to ensure their lights stay on. Scotland is just the next country on the list to suffer the windmill scam. Until we come to our senses and switch back to coal or gas.
The windmills will be built abroad and shipped here with few local jobs.
Any 'green' jobs created will be hugely offset by the loss of jobs in tourism and other productive sectors that could have been supported instead. The latest estimates are that 3 real jobs are lost for every 'green' job created. Donald Trump has already scrapped his £750m golf complex expansion as he doesn't see the point of investing more money in a complex next to these 11 white elephants.
And meanwhile we all freeze in the worst Spring for 50 years. Struggling to pay the inflated bills required to cover the mandatory 'green taxes' added to our energy bills.
We had the luxury of pandering to the believers in the global warming religion during the boom years and when we had the cushion of a surplus in energy production. But the country is now struggling financially and our energy 'cushion' is being dismantled. 10% of our energy capacity has just been lost with 2 coal fired powered stations being closed as they don't conform to EU green CO2 emission targets. Billions of pounds is being frittered away on windmills and other follys which should have been invested in reliable energy production like coal or gas or nuclear.
When will the madness end ?