Yet studies show that the prime victims of turbine blades are birds and bats, notably birds of prey that like to hunt over just the kind of landscapes that are most profitable for wind-farm owners. The Spanish Society for Ornithology found that Spain’s 18,000 turbines kill up to six million birds a year, averaging as many as 300 birds per turbine. This confirmed the findings of a scientific paper 20 years ago, which discovered that each German turbine killed on average 309 birds a year. More recently, a German government ornithologist estimated that every year they kill between 200 and 300 red kites alone. One vast Californian wind farm killed so many birds, including many rare eagles, it was shut down.
In Britain we might expect no one to be keener to carry out similar studies than the RSPB. Instead, it calls for thousands more bird-killing wind farms, while blandly assuring us that these should only be built “in harmony with nature”. Those Victorian ladies must be swivelling in their graves.
Now there are proposals in the UK to pay a ‘license fee’, to allow householders to purchase electricity. That’s the next step toward communism. In Venezuela, people would be happy for an electricity supply, by any means possible. Having the most oil reserves in South America hasn’t helped one bit.
As usual, the poor are still subsidizing the wealthy that can afford to buy solar panels.
British Households could be charged annual ‘insurance premium’ for access to electricity grid
Every UK household could have to pay an annual “insurance premium” for access to the UK electricity grid, under plans to overhaul the way networks are paid for.
Energy regulator Ofgem is worried that people who can afford to install solar panels and generate their own power for much of the day may end up not paying their fair share of the costs of the UK’s electricity pylons and cables. […]
It’s subsidies, all the way, for renewable energy.