Britain Starts Dismantling Wind Farms After Successful Lake District Campaign

A dozen 140-ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views.

The council’s decision follows a campaign by the Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS), which argued that the turbines blighted views from within the Lake District National Park. 

Kate Ashbrook, the OSS general secretary, said: “We objected because the turbines are a severe intrusion into a wild landscape, highly visible from many directions and in particular from the Lake District national park. Now we need to make sure that every trace of the turbines is removed when the current consent expires next year so that this magnificent common is restored to its former glory.” — Ben Webster, The Times, 7 December 2017

If you are a global company that has made leveraged investments in US renewable energy production in recent years, those assets now look like a bird that has run into a wind turbine. Someone had to lose from the massive tax reform law that will almost certainly pass Congress, and it turns out that you will be hit suddenly by several of its rotating blades. –John Dizard, Financial Times, 8 December 2017

For the past ten years, EU member states have been obliged to meet national targets for renewable energy. From 2020, they will be free of these constraints. Environmental groups have pointed out that without the national targets, there is no legally enforceable way to ensure the EU meets its goal. —EurActiv, 6 December 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming. The agency had been working over the last several months to set up a “red team, blue team” debate on the science relating to manmade climate change to give the public a “real-time review of questions and answers around this issue of CO2,” Pruitt said. —Voice Of America, 7 December 2017

A prominent geoscientist in Argentina is facing criminal charges over accusations that he manipulated a government survey of Patagonian glaciers at the behest of mining interests.  The charges against Villalba stem from a lawsuit by environmental activists. —Nature, 6 December 2017

Late last week Arizona Superior Court Justice James Marner granted the Energy & Environment Legal Institute’s (E&E Legal’s) motion requesting the release of ‘Climategate’ related emails withheld for years by the University of Arizona (UofA). Specifically, the documents are emails relating to the notorious global warming “Hockey Stick”, and the group that made it famous, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). —E&E Legal, Press Release, 7 December 2017

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    Spurwing Plover

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    This is good news for the Birds bats and people although the Eco-Wackos wont like it now maybe they need to harness the Hot Air and hypocricy coming from Prince Chuckie

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      rakooi

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      “… blighted views from within the Lake District National Park.”
      Once again proving that Always Spurning Plover KNOWS NOTHING but foams at the corners of his Rabid Right Wing Mouth.

      His reference to Birds ‘n Bats is more KNOW NOTHINGISMS….
      A few thousand birds ‘n bats are impacted by Wind Turbines….I live
      by hundreds of these next to silent and almost graceful 500 footers…walk my dogs thru the middle of them.
      …in a decade now, have found 1 dead bird that may have been impacted
      …..NATIONAL Figures prove TENS OF MILLIONS OF BIRDS ARE KILLED by FERAL CATS, BIG GLASS BUILDINGS and vehicles.
      ….NOT by Graceful nearly Silent Wind Turbines…
      …Some day, ALWAYS SPURNING PLOVER will admit that
      in 2016, WIND, SOLAR and Nat. Gas provided the 1st REAL competition to the Killer Coal & Oil ENERGY MONOPOLY and….rates fell for the 1st time ! !
      ELECTRIC RATES FELL 1%
      …..those rates went up where OIL And Killer Coal managed to stop competition….
      TEXAS was the BIG Winner….with rates falling by double digits in competitive markets.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Rakooi needs to live right under a wind turbines and try to sleep at night with a whole lot of them spinning all at the same time

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