Especially when you make most of the messy parts happen to other people.
Here's something I've pointed out as problems with the bird cuisinarts to greenies; they scoffed at the amount of materials and just what they mean:
Each of the turbines at Dunmaglass will require servicing, which means a network of new and improved roads 20 miles long being built across the hills. They also need 1,500 tons of concrete foundations to keep them upright in a strong wind, which will scar the area.
Don't forget all the rebar in those foundations, either.
But don't worry, it's all worth it. Say the asshats who hate nuclear, which has fewer downsides:
Many environmental pressure groups share
Salmond’s view. Friends of the Earth opposes the Arctic being ruined by
oil extraction, but when it comes to damaging Scotland’s wilderness
with concrete and hundreds of miles of roads, they say wind energy is
worth it as the impact of climate change has to be faced.
"We must act now OR WE'LL ALL DIE!!" Sound familiar?
And let's not forget what this 'green' energy COSTS, and how people are screwed for it:
There’s a simple beauty about RO for the government. Even though it’s defined as a tax, it doesn’t come out of pay packets but is stuck on our electricity bills. That has made funding wind farms a lot easier for the government than more cost-effective energy-efficiency measures.
"Try to hide the costs from the people who pay them. When they find out, tell them it'll all be fine."
By 2020, environmental regulation will
be adding 31 per cent to our bills. That’s £160 green tax out of an
average annual bill of £512. As costs rise, more people will be driven
into fuel poverty. When he was secretary of state at the Department of
Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband decreed that these increases
should be offset by improvements in energy efficiencies.
Study a graph of electricity consumption and it appears amazingly predictable, even down to reduced demand on public holidays. The graph for wind energy output, however, is far less predictable.
Take the figures for December, when we all shivered through sub-zero temperatures and wholesale electricity prices surged. Peak demand for the UK on 20 December was just over 60,000 megawatts. Maximum capacity for wind turbines throughout the UK is 5,891 megawatts, almost ten per cent of that peak demand figure.
Yet on December 20, because winds were light or non-existent, wind energy contributed a paltry 140 megawatts. Despite billions of pounds in investment and subsidies, Britain’s wind-turbine fleet was producing a feeble 2.43 per cent of its own capacity – and little more than 0.2 per cent of the nation’s electricity in the coldest month since records began.
There's more; oh, lots more. And it all boils down to "We know what's best for you, peasants, so pay up and shut up."
Which has something to do with those disturbances in France, if I'm not mistaken...