Experts condemn UK report as so much hot air on wind power prospects

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hot-airIt’s a shame no one has built a wind farm inside the UK Houses of Parliament, one blogger notes sardonically, given the hot air swirling around UK wind power targets and criticism that the government’s goals are unrealistic.

Critics rounded on a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that maintained that wind farms could play a major role in helping Britain cut its harmful carbon emissions by 34 per cent in 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.

Skeptics say this is far too ambitious because experts have not yet been able to devise effective ways of capturing and storing electricity generated by wind. That means a backup system, in the form of nuclear or coal- or gas-fired power stations, would always be needed. Patrick Sawer in The Telegraph reported on the CCC and its critics.

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