The PJ Tatler

British Environment Minister: More Windmills Or More Wars Or Something

This is what happens when climate change cultists are elevated to official government status.

Greg Barker, the environment minister, has a provocative turn of phrase. Earlier this week he described wind farms as “wonderful and majestic” and said they had become tourist attractions in his Bexhill and Battle constituency. Today he trumped that by claiming that the UK will “pay the price in British lives” if we don’t spend £2 billion of taxpayer’s money (that’s £70 per household) on programmes to help developing countries switch to green energy.

Tourist attractions? Do you really want to waste valuable vacation time taking your kids to see dead birds?

As The Telegraph article points out, carbon footprints aren’t really a problem in the countries Mr. Barker feels will fall apart without windmills.

Carbon emissions from the most backward economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, are minuscule. A report published last year by Price Waterhouse Cooper put sub Saharan emissions at barely one ton per capita – the figure for the US is 20 tons. Wouldn’t western aid be better spent on economic development rather than ensuring that the populations of these countries continue to live in low-carbon poverty?