Wind farms and renewable energy: a modern version of a medieval scam

The Telegraph -

Opponents of wind farms are, says Lib Dem energy minister Ed Davey, living in “the stone age”.

In know it is Lib Dem conference season – and so Mr D and co are therefore looking for something to say – but this is daft. It is not the opponents of wind farms that are backward looking and atavistic, but those who champion them.

It is difficult to think of a more medieval technology than wind mills. They were cutting edge when Henry II was king and Richard the Lionheart was launching crusades.  The first certain reference to a wind mill in Europe dates from 1185AD Yorkshire, apparently.

Of course, the climate was warmer back then, as even the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change now accepts. Perhaps Ed Davey might like to try to tell us that’s why our medieval fore bearers went for wind.

If Davey was capable of original thought, as opposed to recycling all the cliched ideas in his department, he might ask himself some searching questions: Why, if human industrial activity is warming the world, was pre-industrial Europe in the Middle ages warmer than it is today – with or without wind mills?  Why, if carbon dioxide emissions are warming the world, has there been no statistically significant global increase in temperatures since 1997?


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One Response to Wind farms and renewable energy: a modern version of a medieval scam

  1. Anthony Taylor September 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    ….. and why, if it is believed that CO2 poses such a threat aren’t the Lib-Dems going blue in the face demanding the curbing of militarism. That would make an immediate and immense difference. After that matter is dealt with,we could return to the question of windmills and tungsten filament light bulbs etc at some future date perhaps?


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