A make no apology form posting this comment that someone left on the Countryfile fb Page about their program on wind farms. It really says a great deal. Hope that urbanites that read this comment take notice.
It is good to see that maybe, just maybe, someone at the BBC has woken up and realised the depth of feeling about the wind turbine scam. Thousands of people have their lives blighted by the things, the environment is being trashed and a very few, mainly very unscrupulous, people are making fortunes on the back of an ultimately pointless waste of money.
If the BBC actually want to do some real journalism instead of just following the official green party line dictated by RenewablesUK, why don’t they investigate the scandal of ETSU-R-97? Why is it all other industrial activities which are in contact with the general public are judged by the standard BS4142:1997, but the wind industry were allowed to develop their own, fundamentally flawed and ineffective standard, resulting in misery for unfortunate people suffering from sleep deprivation and loss of amenity?
Why don’t the BBC investigate the derating scandal where operators are building bigger turbines than necessary but derating their official capacity to obtain higher subsidies? Why don’t the BBC investigate the Whitelee drinking water issue where people have been poisoned by carcinogens as a result of windfarm construction? Why don’t the BBC investigate the corruption of local authority planners and councillors being heavily “influenced” by the cash rich wind turbine developers?
Why not actually validate the claims from the industry about carbon savings and being a clean environmentally friendly solution? Where is the evidence that net CO2 emissions have been reduced as a result of wind turbines, taking into account hot spinning reserve generators running in parallel, concrete production, road-works, shipping of these huge industrial white elephants around the world etc.? Why not investigate the pollution caused by the wind turbine industry as a result of neodymium mining in China? Why not investigate the impact on tourism? Why not look at the cost to industry of inflated electricity prices caused by subsidies, how many real jobs have been exported as a result of the Climate Change Act?
How about validating the fairyland claims made by developers saying that “this windfarm will provide electricity for xxxx thousand homes”? The Countyfile story touched on the issue of intermittency and the impact on the national grid, but from a very slanted viewpoint. No real mention about the cost to the general public of developing infrastructure (read massive pylons ) enabling windfarms to be located hundreds of miles away from where the power is consumed.
There are countless things that a truly impartial and responsible national news agency should have been looking at. There are enough issues to be investigated, impartially and enthusiastically, to provide a whole year’s worth of Panarama or Countryfile programmes