Lots of hot air, but still no cost-benefit analysis


Wind Aware Ireland Press Release

Minister Naughten has been accused of talking  ‘gobbledygook’ on wind energy by a top economist.

Minister Naughten’s take on wind energy in Ireland has been described as “gobbledygook verging on baby talk.” by top economist Cormac Lucey in the Sunday Independent.

Our energy policy has been promulgated by anonymous civil servants, and unchallenged by successive ministers afraid of not being seen to take climate change seriously. Almost all political parties have followed this Green Party zealotry without understanding the context, technical limitations of wind energy or asking any hard questions.

The Department and SEAI have been led a merry dance by the wind developers while we, the citizens, pay €1.2billion a year, to support this industry. A largely complicit and unquestioning media have gone along for the ride, choosing to believe the SEAI and Irish Wind Energy Association spin. Meanwhile emissions continue to rise.

Two of Ireland’s leading economists, Cormac Lucey and Colm Mc Carthy, as well as the Irish Academy of Engineering are now asking serious questions about wind energy. When will Minister Naughten stand up his department and the SEAI, and act on evidence instead of “gobbledegook” wishful thinking?









About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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4 Responses to Lots of hot air, but still no cost-benefit analysis

  1. Pat OBrien says:

    Never was truer word spoken by Cormac Lucy Naughten as with all ministerial types has only two things in mind: his salary; his pension; golden handshake and various ministerial perks. Consequently, he will speak rubbish as he is doing so re wind energy Naughten knows a smuch about environemntal issues etc as my rear end knows about duck shooting !!

    On 16 January 2018 at 10:41, The Law is my Oyster wrote:

    > Neil van Dokkum posted: ” Wind Aware Ireland Press Release Minister > Naughten has been accused of talking ‘gobbledygook’ on wind energy by a > top economist. Minister Naughten’s take on wind energy in Ireland has been > described as “gobbledygook verging on baby talk.” by top econ” >

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  3. we are indeed in a most unfortunate position in Ireland with relation to alternative energy…government are taking their advice from those who have a conflict of interest in the subject e.g. ask ESB Eirgrid about the transmission of electricity….ask the wind farm developers about the viability of wind energy….more importantly and most disastrously, ask the advice of the green party … other than public disobedience it’s difficult to see a way forward…

  4. Neil van Dokkum says:

    I feel your pain, Margaret! Unfortunately the government spin doctors with RTE will always portray civil disobedience as mindless hooliganism and this often turns the tide of public opinion against you, so servile are the general public to their Master’s Voice.

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