The Economic Argument

“There are a few contenders for the title of the maddest thing that has happened in our lifetime. But a front-runner must be the way in which politicians of all parties have been seduced by the La-La Land promises of the wind power lobby.”

CHRISTOPHER BOOKER, Daily Mail 15th July 2010

Electricity bills have soared, and more increases are in the pipeline. This punishes the 6 million people already in fuel poverty, restricts economic growth, and makes British industry less competitive. A key factor in this increase is the Renewables Obligation, which indirectly provides more than 40% of the income of wind-farms. These complex and covert subsidies (most of which go to foreign companies) are paid not by the government, but instead are ENTIRELY financed by increasing the price of our electricity bills. Climate-change policies have already increased household electricity by at least 14%, and have increased the electricity bills of business by at least 20%. Even worse, these tariffs are forecast to escalate. By reducing or ending the subsidies for wind-farms, we would benefit the poorest members of society, boost our manufacturing exports and, while doing so, would help protect what remains of our precious countryside.

It’s not like riding a bike and leaving the car in the driveway …. Wind energy on the grid is more like riding a bike and having someone follow you in the car in case you get tired. —Eric Rosenbloom

Background to Wind Farms in Northumberland (click to read Andrew Joicey’s authoritative article on the local economic impact)