Tuesday, August 25, 2009

James Delingpole in The Telegraph

More here about last week's "Any Questions," in an article by James Delingpole, with some interesting comments, most especially from Jenny Keal, who is featured on the artistsagainstwind farms website along with her husband, David Bellamy. This painting of the Lliw Reservoir, Mynydd y Gwair is a pastel that Jenny completed following the 2005 "Paint it while its there" day, in South Wales.

Scroll down through the comments to find Jenny's contribution:
jennykeal on Aug 24th, 2009 at 5:27 pm,
which also includes the text of a letter that she sent to Jonathan Dimbleby at Any Answers
This is an excerpt from Jenny's letter:

"Neither James Delingpole nor Jonathon Porritt addressed the real problem of wind power in any depth because they were distracted into an argument about whether climate change is happening or not.

No one can say for sure if carbon is raising the temperature of the earth. There may be a consensus of scientists for or against but there is no proof either way and the governments of the world are taking action on what is pure speculation. Leaving that aside, the main problem with wind power is that it cannot displace conventionally generated energy, such as oil or gas, coal or nuclear, because it is unreliable. It does not matter how many times this is pointed out to the BBC you cannot get to grips with the fact that the wind does not blow all the time and therefore no conventional power station can be closed down as they are needed for backup. Are you, Jonathan Dimbleby, prepared to live your life with a situation where you can only use electricity in your house when the wind blows? It is pie in the sky to say that other forms of renewables can substitute for wind power when there is no wind because there is virtually no investment in wave or tidal energy research or development. All our eggs are being dropped into the bottomless basket case of wind energy."

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