Ages ago I suggested that as times got harder the indulgence that is the UK's 'decarbonisation' policy would run up against its ever more ridiculous costs: GDP trumps GHG was the coinage. And so it comes to pass. The windfarm pro- and anti- camps are getting increasingly noisy, with no end of spurious arguments on both sides: but follow the money, it's the economics that matter. Take away the subsidies and you wouldn't hear a peep from me because I reckon the supposed health and aesthetic and bird-butchery issues would take care of themselves.
If the greens fear they may have reached something like their high- water mark, it looks like they've every intention of screaming until they go blue in the face and rolling around on the floor of the supermarket until they get given a bag of crisps.
In the past, commenters on the big newspaper websites fell into
predictable patterns: CiF article on wind yields 80% pro, 20% anti; and
conversely for a DTel piece. I can't claim this is a scientific finding and I don't have the time to confirm it, but I have the distinct impression that things have changed in just the last couple of weeks: now the DTel gets bombarded with pro. This would be all of a piece with the very recent appearance of the seemingly quite well-organised No Dash For Gas.
There are other interesting aspects to the public 'debate'. Both the long-time anti-wind DTel and Mail have come down squarely in favour of new nukes and I am guessing this is a signal to Cameron that they don't mind him having that half of his low-carbon strategy (as well as the fact that - follow the money - the big nuke interests are potentially big advertisers).
Finally, even the quite delightfully bonkers Dellingpole (who does the anti cause little good by being so wrong on his facts) has swallowed the green line on public opinion. "In a recent poll,
the majority of those surveyed said they wanted more wind power", he writes. That's certainly what the greens always claim but all the polls I've read say nothing of the kind.
Ear-plugs all round: this is going to get very shrill.