When is a scandal not a scandal? When it comes via Greenpeace and is splashed over the front page of The Guardian, I’d say.
While obviously I’m delighted that The Guardian and Greenpeace think I’m so powerful that I have the ability to effect a 180 degree shift in government onshore wind policy just by the mere threat of standing in a by-election, I do think a little examination of news priorities might be in order here.
In an op-ed for tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph (which will probably appear online later this evening), I explain – not for the first time: but hey repetition is always useful if you want to get your idea across – why it was that I chose to stand in Corby as the anti-wind farm candidate. It’s because I honestly believe that the Great Wind Energy Scam is by far the greatest scandal of our age. As I’ve argued time and again, in articles like this, this, this, and this, the wind industry is a very expensive solution to a non-existent problem. It makes no sense economically, ecologically, politically or environmentally. It kills wildlife, needlessly drives up energy prices, causes fuel poverty, blights property values, creates Low Frequency Noise which makes people ill, ruins the landscape and enriches the already rich at the expense of the poor. It even increases carbon emissions.
The only reason the industry exists at all is because of the vast sums of money made available to it through hidden tariffs consumers are forced to pay on their energy bills. Greedy rich landowners and even more rapacious corporations (most of them foreign-owned) are making a fortune at the expense of ordinary people by making a useless, environmentally-unfriendly product – unreliable, intermittent energy – which would be worthless in a free market and which causes enormous misery and damage to humans, to wildlife, to the landscape and the economy.
This oughtn’t to be a party political issue. It ought to be a scandal that concerns everyone, even Guardian readers, even Greenpeace members, so why instead of investigating it are they using their considerable influence and their vast resources to try to keep this evil scam going?
Perhaps they’ve bought into the myth that wind energy is clean and green. That’s certainly what wind industry propagandists like RenewableUK would tell you. But it only takes an hour or so’s reading to find more than enough hard evidence to dispense with these beautiful lies. This is what troubles me about the Greenpeace and the Guardian line on this subject: are they really so bound by ideology that they never want to expose themselves to the truth? Why are they so determinedly sticking up for the bad guys?
If my on-off role in the Corby by election was responsible even slightly for helping spare one or two communities in rural Britain the misery of having wind farms plonked on their doorstep, then I would consider it a cause for pride rather than embarrassment. And if it made no difference whatsoever, well I’m happy with that too, because I didn’t lose my deposit, I didn’t take votes from my friends at UKIP and I met lots of nice people on the way including that rather hot yummy mummy whose baby I kissed.
It’s not as though there aren’t more than enough real scandals to concern ourselves with right now. This one for example.
- Greenpeace and the IPCC: time, surely, for a Climate Masada?
- Murdoch, Hackgate, Climategate, the Guardian and the vile hypocrisy of the Left
- Greenpeace’s forest policy is unsustainable
- Greenpeace goes postal