Green energy and landowners

It may have been a predictable outcome, but more than anyone else, green energy seems to confer its benefits on landowners rather than power consumers. Wind turbines, solar panel arrays and biofuels all require far more land than coal, nuclear or gas for power generation.

From nebusiness last November

THE importance of renewable energy generation is poised to become hugely important to landowners over the next decade.

 The findings came from a snapshot poll taken at a conference organised specifically to discuss the issue. The Renewable Projects: Landowner to Landowner event at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, found that 65% believed that renewable energy production would be very important to their overall business in 10 years’ time, compared to 54% in five years’ time, and 19% at the moment.

 Oddly enough, even fracking doesn’t occupy much land and as far as eco-fascists are concerned it isn’t green. Supposedly this is because CO2 is generated by burning natural gas, but is that the only factor?

I’m not saying that climate activists are in the pockets of major landowners, but as things have turned out they may as well be. Especially when one considers how inefficient and unreliable green power is.

So are big landowners at least partly responsible for keeping green energy scams alive in spite of the screwed science and obvious lack of warming? Certainly many of them appear to be intent on taking advantage of it, but are they a major factor in the demented government line that CO2 still causes global warming even if it doesn’t get warmer?

I don’t know, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

5 comments for “Green energy and landowners

  1. Stonyground
    April 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    If I own a few acres of land, I can make a living by growing food on the land and selling it to supermarkets. Along comes a guy who says that he will pay me more than enough to live on, if I will allow him to build some wind turbines on my land. My choices are then: (1) Basically retire and live off the wind farm money. (2) Carry on farming and use the wind farm money as a nest egg. (3) Live off the wind farm money and let the land out to a tenant farmer who will do all the work and pay me for the use of my land. (4) Of course I could tell wind farm guy to fuck right off and carry on being screwed by the supermarkets and being subsidised by the EU, but what would you do?

  2. amfortas
    April 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-03/clean-energy-developer-targeted-over-mafia-links/4608208

    Nicastri, 57, was once dubbed ‘Lord of the Wind’ for his holdings in wind farms which prosecutors say were funded by extortion, drug sales and other illicit activities.

    • April 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Interesting link – and are we surprised?

  3. Greg Tingey
    April 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Define “green power” please?

    Nuclear is green power – no CO2 ….
    Tidal (esp really big tidal) is also green power
    Geothermal ditto.

    Solar – will become so, in the next few years as PV costs go down & energy efficiency goes up.

    Wind – what a waste of time & space & money.

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