Wind energy is great says a new report commissioned by the Labour think tank Institute For Public Policy Research.
Among the report’s findings are that large scale industrial wind farms can:
- Boost GDP growth by up to 3,000 per cent
- Cure all known forms of cancer
- Rescue drowning kittens from sacks in canals and lead them to secure, happy homes where they are well cared for in handcrafted wicker baskets with lovely, snuggly faux-sheepskin blankets for them to purr on and little saucers of organic Jersey cream designed by Cath Kidston.
- Treble the beauty of the landscape.
- Engender social justice.
- Bring about lasting world peace.
- Mean that if you’re an ordinary, struggling working class landowner like Earl Spencer, the Duke of Gloucester, Lord Gisborough, the Earl of Moray or the Duke of Roxburghe – not forgetting our old friend Sir Reginald Sheffield Bt – you won’t after all be forced to sell your third-favourite Raphael cartoon in order to make ends meet, you just stick up a ruddy great wind farm instead and Bob’s your uncle: problem solved!
But wait. Before we rush to beautify even more of our countryside with these miraculous, bat-chomping eco-crucifixes, perhaps we ought to have a quick glance at the bona fides of the people responsible for this report.
He notes that two out of the report’s three authors are senior employees of a wind company called GL Garrad Hassan. (And the third is an environmental activist – or “green tech cheerleader” as he trendsomely bills himself on Twitter).
As Upton Sinclair once said: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”
James Delingpole is an Engish writer, journalist and broadcaster who is (he says) right about everything. He is the author of numerous fantastically entertaining books including Welcome to Obamaland: I’ve Seen Your Future and it Doesn’t Work. His website is http://www.jamesdelingpole.com/ and he also has a blog at the Daily Telegraph.