Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Godfrey takes tilt at windmills

Wind turbines blighting our landscapes were slammed by UKIP Euro MP Godfrey Bloom at the party's national conference.

He told the delegates at the Southport Conference Centre at the weekend that it was "nonsense" to blame a rise in Co2 for global warming.

Mr Bloom, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, told the packed audience that wind turbines "as big as Big Ben" were causing distress to people all over the country.

"I find that very difficult to cope with because we know they don't work. I think it would be marvelous if we could harness the wind - but we can't.

"Germany has 19,000 wind turbines but not one conventional power station has consequently been de-commissioned," he said.

Mr Bloom challenged claims that the science on the issue has been settled and said that 800 international scientists and their institutions do not agree it is settled. He also pointed out that Inter-governmental Climate Change Panel is a political organisation and not an independent scientific body.

Instead of global warming in fact the world's temperatures are falling while Co2 keeps rising, he added.

Mr Bloom told the enthusiastic audience that he is currently working on the subject with fellow UKIP MEP Derek Clark, a former science teacher.

Far from the issue being settled "the debate is only just beginning," he said.

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