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January 13, 2010

Windmills Not Up to Task of Warming Frozen Britain

Posted by Dave Blount at January 13, 2010 10:08 AM

The intensely cold weather afflicting Britain underscores the increasingly obvious fact that global warming is not real, so it's only fitting that it also confirms that the proposed solution to the imaginary crisis — green energy — isn't real either:

The cold weather has been accompanied by high pressure and a lack of wind, which meant that only 0.2pc of a possible 5pc of the UK's energy was generated by wind turbines over the last few days.
Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), gave warning that this could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines accounting for a quarter of all UK electricity demand over the next 10 years.
He said the shortfall in power generated by wind during cold snaps seriously undermined the Government's pledge on Friday to build nine major new wind "super farms" by 2020.
"If we had this 30 gigawatts of wind power, it wouldn't have contributed anything of any significance this winter," he said. "The current cold snap is a warning that our power generation and gas supplies are under strain and it is getting worse."
Coal stations are currently used as back-up generation when there is a surge in demand for gas and the wind does not blow — which both tend to happen during cold weather.
However, increased dependence on wind farms will coincide with a European Union directive shutting down Britain's dirtiest coal and oil fired power stations.
The UK has committed to switching off these stations by 2015, leaving it uniquely vulnerable to gas shortages and the intermittency of wind farms.

We let children run society. It didn't work out. Now let's get the adults back in charge before we all freeze.

They don't work all that well when the wind does blow either.

On a tip from J.