Wind turbine farms becoming electoral poison
Ugly, bird-killing, noise-generating, land-hungry wind turbine farms have generated enough backlash that a major politician is reported to be about to run on a plan to “eradicate” them. Peter Dominiczak, Assistant Political Editor of the UK Telegraph reports:
David Cameron wants to go into the next election pledging to “rid” the countryside of onshore wind farms, a source close to the Prime Minister has said.
Mr Cameron wants to toughen planning laws and tear up subsidy rules to make current turbines financially unviable – allowing the Government to “eradicate” turbines, the source said.
The move will delight campaigners in traditional Conservative countryside seats and comes amid a growing Coalition row over whether to try and cap the number of wind farms.
Mr Cameron is now “of one mind” with the Government’s most vociferous opponents of “unsightly” onshore wind turbines, the source added.
The green tide is receding, and countries like Spain and Germany have discovered that their heavy bets on green energy have damaged their economies. Now, windmills, which once warmed the hearts of greenies and rated exemption from American laws protecting birds (including the bald eagle), have become anathema to neighbors who find that the noise, dust, and vibration, as well as visual pollution, are annoying at best and unhealthy at worst.
American progressives love to look at Europe as a model (unless they don't, as in aboriton where the US has far more permissive laws). So it is time for Barack Obama and his Energy Secretary Steven Chu to wake up. But of course, there are still a lot of Democrat donors making money off of green energy subsidies, so we are probably stuck with these monstrosities until the electorate rejects Democrats in a presidential election.