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09 December 2007

Britain's Wind Power Plans For The War On Global Warming



Britain's wind power revolution



Hip, hip, hip .... it's good great news Sunday today, as we learn that the UK's all set to show the world the sensible way of solving the planet's most serious problem.

Britain is to embark on a wind power revolution that will produce enough electricity to power every home in the country, ministers will reveal tomorrow.

The Independent on Sunday has learnt that, in an astonishing U-turn, the Secretary of State for Business, John Hutton, will announce that he is opening up the seas around Britain to wind farms in the biggest ever renewable energy initiative.

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Yesterday hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in 86 countries across the globe to demand urgent action from the Bali meeting. Several thousand campaigners marched in torrential rain through London to rally at the US embassy. Some posters carried a picture of President George Bush and the words "Wanted for crimes against the planet".

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... announcement, which will be made at a conference in Berlin tomorrow, will identify sites in British waters for enough wind farms to produce 25 gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2020, in addition to the 8GW already planned – enough to meet the needs of all the country's homes.

It means that within only eight years, Britain's offshore wind industry will be twice the size of that of any other nation in the world.

As an old Brit bulldog, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill once so famously said:"This England. This sceptered isle. This green and pleasant land."

But what about what the old boy didn't say?

Possibly, something such as .... set full square in the centre of a veritable surfeit of sustainable natural resources:sea and wind.

Yet it's taken until now for any of our leaders to latch on. Still, better late than never we suppose.

Read the rest of this environmental revolution report.

We wonder whether the wasters squatting in the White House are watching?

*(Cross posted at Appletree)

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8 Comments:

Blogger Twilight said...

Oh well done Britain!!!!!!!!!!

Quote from the Bard:

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,—
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1.

BWaaaaaaaaaaaaah - sniffle - now I'm homesick........

10:24 pm  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

You wonder whether the wasters in the white house are watching? well, one has to hope they can catch a glimpse through all that oil dripping down their eyeballs.

This week the US Senate is expected to vote on an Energy Bill. Repubs will probably kill it because they don't like the tax cut rollbacks for big oil co's. They also don't like a provision about forcing some utilities into the alt energy biz (solar & wind). Never fear, if by some miracle the Dems do pass it, Bush has his veto pen ready & waiting.

Those wind farms are a beautiful sight! We've seen 'em here around Palm Springs & other windy desert places, but not out in the sea like that. Rah, Rah, gooooo Brits!

10:44 pm  
Blogger Twilight said...

Coincidentally, after I left this blog I stumbled on an article about research into the possibility of harnessing wave energy - Oregon USA - so all isn't completely pessimistic this side of the pond.

The government is the fly (and a big one) in the ointment.

Article here

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/09/5708/

10:55 pm  
Blogger Twilight said...

Link didn't copy

try again

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/09/5708/

10:58 pm  
Anonymous dutch said...

There are wind farms here in the US. The Buffalo Ridge in western Minnesota has a number of windfarms each with dozens of such windmills as are pictured. There are even towns with their own, here. That is where the tall grass prairie opens onto the real wide open spaces.

That takes me back to my boyhood when all of our farm's water was pumped by wind into a gravity feed supply tank at the top of the hill. The livestock had running water, even if the house didn't. lol

11:07 pm  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Between this and the big announcement about Iraq troop withdrawals, Richard, I've a feeling you got your country back today!!!!
YAY!!
XO
WWW

2:35 am  
Blogger Brian Adams said...

I have a blog containing good information on global warming. Ozone has doubled since the mid-19th century due to chemical emissions from vehicles, industrial processes and the burning of forests, the British climate researchers wrote. Carbon dioxide has also risen over that period. History of global warming is very deep since 1850.

10:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never could understand why Britain didn't do this a long time ago. Considering it's North Atlantic position, maritime climate, weather patterns coupled with a small land mass to 'cover' with resulting naturally generated power ..... well .... as I said I(more or less) at the start .... what's taken them so long?

Btw, if anyone's into investing/stock/shares and so on .... get in now in the early days before prices explode.

As well as helping clean up the environment, which should improve folks' health considerably, the longer we can do without all the other usual shit producing power sources -- getting in now I'm sure will grab you a fantstic 'alternate' future pension.

2:23 am  

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