‘Why are we building lots of expensive windmills with a variable power source...?’ asks Peter Burgess (letters August 23).
The answer is simple – because Brussels has ordered us to. We are now required to produce a third of our electricity from ‘renewables’ (which in practice must predominantly mean windmills) by 2020.
And if that weren’t enough, the Climate Change Act commits us to reducing our carbon (dioxide) emissions by a staggering 80 per cent by 2050.
That’s about a thousand new windmills a day by my reckoning. If that doesn’t bankrupt the country then I don’t know what will.
But what about those bitterly cold winter days when there is not a breath of wind to turn a blade? What will happen then? Luckily our Government has thought of this, and there are plans afoot to run a massive cable through the Channel Tunnel, so we can buy our electricity from the French.
What nobody seems to have thought of is that we shall then be completely at the mercy of the French, who will be able to pull the plug on us at any time and bring this country to a complete standstill.
There is also a spin-off from this - any realistic prospect of our leaving the European Union can be nipped in the bud merely by the threat of such action.
Perhaps that was the idea all along?
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