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Prince Philip blasts wind farms

2011-11-20 21:09

London - Britain's Prince Philip has launched a fierce attack on "absolutely useless" wind farms, in the latest outburst from the famously outspoken consort, a report said on Sunday.

The husband of Queen Elizabeth II said that onshore wind farms would never work and accused their supporters of believing in "fairy tales," a senior executive from a wind farm company told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

"He said they were absolutely useless, completely reliant on subsidies and an absolute disgrace," said Esbjorn Wilmar, of Infinergy, which builds and operates turbines.

"I was surprised by his very frank views."

Wilmar, who met the prince at a reception in London, said his attempts to argue that onshore wind farms were one of the most cost-effective forms of renewable energy received short shrift from Philip.

"He said, 'You don't believe in fairy tales do you?'" the executive recalled.

"He said that they would never work as they need back-up capacity."

Wilmar suggested the prince could put wind farms on his land, but he said that Philip responded: "You stay away from my estate, young man."

The prince's views put him at odds with the government, which plans to build more wind farms.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turned 90 this year and is Britain's longest-serving consort, has often landed himself in trouble with his forthright remarks.

"You managed not to get eaten, then?" he told a British student who had trekked in Papua New Guinea in 1998.

A spokesperson for the prince told the paper that Buckingham Palace would not comment on a private conversation.

Comments
  • clinton.bowden1 - 2011-11-20 22:16

    For once this man said something that makes sense. The only way wind farms can only produce enough power is if the human race drastically cuts its numbers. Until then why even bother.

      spookhuis - 2011-11-20 22:40

      And technology improves, fools like you will be thankful, in years to come. Didn't someone once say that the market for PC's was only 3. And now you drive a car with a 5th gear.

  • Billy - 2011-11-20 22:34

    well said King Phil, the world would be a duller place without you; Love it.

  • spookhuis - 2011-11-20 22:44

    "Prince Philip blasts wind"

  • Billy - 2011-11-20 22:51

    Prince Philip is nobodies fool, the man is sharp as a razor,he happens to talk my language and i respect him for that; Windfarms are 'Ghastly abberations'(my words)

      spookhuis - 2011-11-20 23:26

      One mans'Ghastly abberations'(your words), is another mans light switch.

  • Billy - 2011-11-20 23:46

    Yup spookhuis; i guess that leaves you groping about in the dark;watch and not trip over your granny;or your tongue!!!

      spookhuis - 2011-11-21 08:29

      Not really, the point is that we can not depend on coal power stations forever, and no one really wants a nuke plant in the back yard. Technology is making great strides in that direction. So why not embrace it.

  • fishycraig - 2011-11-21 00:28

    Now if they could harness this old windbag. But the world would be a duller place without his comments.

  • Tim - 2011-11-21 07:03

    I dont agree with you Your Royal Highness on this issue - but would die for your right to say it. Thank-you saying things as you see it - even if the tabloids call it gaffes.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-21 15:31

    People are as usual just being the sheeple they have so long been trained to be. Wind power as well as other green initiatives are meant to be used by people to supply their own needs, not as a means for government and big business to turn extra profits. Build a home using reduced voltage (5 - 6 V) bulbs etc using wind mills as generators with solar panel support, linked to a battery back up will within a short time provide a continuous and reliable alternative to state reliance. With the world population at a point where we face a very serious food shortage within 12 months and the probability that starvation will be the worlds number one killer within 6 months, means that peoples ability to rely on the state for assistance is extremely limited. start using alternate power and supplementing your food sources with home grown food stuffs or accept the consequences or your inaction.

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