12/03/2012 09:39:20

THE debate about whether wind power is efficient and effective has been going on for years and the wind farm campaigners have lost the argument.

By Sunday Express reporter

Not only is this one of the most expensive and inefficient ways to produce power – in high winds they do not work at all – but they are also destroying our countryside, with once-beautiful scenery ruined by ugly developments. 

 Most people accept the debate’s outcome so it is worrying, to put it mildly, that the trade association Renewables Uk is hiring a band of “Swampies” to champion the wind farm cause. In its attempt to go against the wishes of the vast majority this is nothing short of sinister. 
Eco-campaigners are often extremists incapable of listening to reason and have been known to be violent in pursuit of their cause. To hire a band of activists to fight proposals by democratically elected MPs to cut subsidies to wind farms is shaming.
Do these Swampies realise they are being used? The vested interests behind building more wind farms have nothing to do with preserving the environment and everything to do with harvesting massive profits. an unworthy group of capitalists are paying others to do their dirty work. It is time for some common sense: wind power does not work and never will. It is time for the Government to bow to the inevitable and build more nuclear power stations. Why wait?



Is onshore wind power worth investing in as part of a diversified energy sector?


ADAM SMITH INSTITUTE REPORT: Renewable energy: Vision or mirage? HERE

GWPF REPORT: Why is wind power so expensive? HERE 

CIVITAS REPORT: Electricity costs: The folly of wind power HERE

More news on the "swampies" in The Express Sunday 11 March 2012

By Kirsty Buchanan


AN “ARMY of eco-warriors” is being hired by wind farm lobbyists to fight for onshore farms 

in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, writes Kirsty Buchanan. 

Residents have protested against the 600 turbines that could carpet the countryside

Conservative MP Chris Heaton- Harris said: “It is ironic companies like Centrica now have to recruit an army of ‘Swampies’,” a reference to the Newbury bypass protester.

While thousands of residents in Mid Wales have vowed to fight plans that would see up to 600 turbines carpeting the countryside, Action for Renewables, lobby arm of trade association Renewables UK, is seeking campaigners to champion its wind farms. The job description includes building a “network of local campaigning groups across the region” and identifying “campaign leaders in local areas close to existing and proposed renewables sites”.

The group, which was unavailable for comment yesterday, is part-funded by Centrica, parent group of British Gas.

Mr Heaton-Harris, who set up a parliamentary group calling for subsidy cuts to onshore wind farms, called it a desperate strategy by an organisation losing the battle for public support. He said: “In an effort to try to protect their massive subsidies from the taxpayer, onshore wind developers are not just employing huge numbers of lobbyists in Westminster but now are trying to recruit a fifth column.”

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies said his constituents would fight to protect their area, adding: “What is planned is the complete desecration of Mid Wales, transforming it into a wind farm landscape.”

More than 20 applications are pending in Mid Wales over plans to connect the area to the National Grid line in Shropshire. The project raises the spectre of at least seven years of traffic disruption and building.