The Duke Blows Them Over

In case you didn’t know, the Queen of England has a husband. He’s called the Duke of Edinburgh (or Prince Phillip). His job is to, well, be married to the Queen. Apparently, lack of regular employment has not prevented his brain from functioning properly:

In a withering assault on the onshore wind turbine industry, the Duke said the farms were “a disgrace”.

He also criticised the industry’s reliance on subsidies from electricity customers, claimed wind farms would “never work” and accused people who support them of believing in a “fairy tale”.

Oh my. When a royal talks about fairy tales, I remember that royals are those best equipped to deal with such.

The Duke’s comments will be seized upon by the burgeoning lobby who say wind farms are ruining the countryside and forcing up energy bills.

Criticism of their effect on the environment has mounted, with The Sunday Telegraph disclosing today that turbines are being switched off during strong winds following complaints about their noise.

Excuse me? They are turning them off because they are too noisy–and they are doing it when they have the best ability to produce electricity? That’s the equivalent of shuttering one’s solar panels at high noon.

Among other things, the Duke notes that wind farms are a bad idea because of their impact on the land, bad because they must be subsidized, and bad because they still must have other forms of power generation to back them up. Go read the whole article.