“No sensible community would ever support so outrageously expensive and unreliable an energy source were it not that the true costs have been hidden from the public by subsidies and the distortion of market forces through legislation” James Lovelock, inventor of Gaia theory and godfather of modern environmentalism
More from page 83 of Lovelock’s book: The Revenge of Gaia
… in no way is it efficient and economic; the intermittency of the wind means that, at best, energy is available from wind turbines only 25 per cent of the time. During the remaining 75 per cent, electricity has to be made in standby fossil fuel power stations; worse still, the power stations have to be kept idling when wind energy is available, an inefficient way for them to operate. The most recent report from Germany put wind energy as available only 16 per cent of the time, and in Denmark, which has pioneered their development, Niels Gram of the Danish Federation of Industries said, ‘In green terms wind (turbines) are a mistake and economically make no sense … Many of us thought wind was the 100 per cent solution for the future but we were wrong. In fact, taking all energy needs into account it is only the 3 per cent solution.’
According to the Royal Society of Engineers 2004 report, onshore European wind energy is two and a half times… more expensive per kilowatt hour than gas or nuclear energy. No sensible community would ever support so outrageously expensive and unreliable an energy source were it not that the true costs have been hidden from the public by subsidies and the distortion of market forces through legislation.
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- James Lovelock, inventor of Gaia theory and godfather of modern environmentalism declares that wind farms are hideous… his hatred of wind power (he has a picture of a wind turbine on the wall of his study to remind him how “ugly and useless they are”) WCO Telegraph Guardian
- Professor Lovelock: “our original good intentions… have been so misunderstood… We need to take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island – monuments of a failed civilisation.” QLS
James Lovelock is the author of ore than 200 scientific papers and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory)… He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1974… since 1994 has been an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, University of Oxford. He has been described as ‘one of the great thinkers of our time’ (New Scientist) and ‘one of the environmental movement’s most influential figures’ (Observer). In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen, and in September 2005 Prospect magazine named him as one of the world’s top 100 global public intellectuals.