Come to unspoilt Scotland. Not.
Over the last year or so, I’ve been getting emails from two campaigners – Irish engineer Pat Swords and Christine Metcalfe, a retired community councillor from Argyllshire – urging me to report on their campaign to have Britain’s and Ireland’s renewable energy policy declared illegal under the UN’s Aarhus Convention.
I never got round to doing so, not because I didn’t wholeheartedly support them but because I thought: “Naaah. Ain’t never going to happen.”
I mean: how could it possibly? The United Nations, as we know, is the very belly of the beast; the onlie begetter of almost all the world’s most far-reaching and dangerous environmental policies. It was under the auspices of two UN organisations – the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organisation – that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established. As I report in Watermelons, even as far back as 2004 it was responsible for launching over 60,000 environment projects – each with its crack team of sustainability consultants, conservation biologists and other pseudo-science looters draining the public purse for dubious green causes. Worst of all, the UN is the home of Agenda 21, probably the single most all-encompassingly fascistic policy ever devised. Or, as I describe it in the book:

Agenda 21 effectively puts an end to national sovereignty, abolishes private property, elevates Nature above man and places a host of restrictions on what we’ve come to accept as our most basic freedoms – everything from how, when and where we travel to what we eat.

How could an organisation as corrupt, depraved and enslaved by deep-green ideology possibly do anything to help the little guy against the depradations of Big Green?
Well, it seems I owe Pat Swords and Christine Metcalfe an apology. Like most people I hate saying “sorry”. But on this occasion, I’m overjoyed to have the opportunity.
Here’s how the Independent reports it:

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy after a United Nations legal tribunal ruled that the UK Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval and the “necessary information” over their benefits or adverse effects.
The new ruling, agreed by a United Nations committee in Geneva, calls into question the legal validity of any further planning consent for all future wind-farm developments based on current policy, both onshore and offshore.
The United Nations Economic Commission Europe has declared that the UK flouted Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention, which requires full and effective public participation on all environmental issues and demands that citizens are given the right to participate in the process.

Yes, I thought “too good to be true” too. But even the wise Richard North appears to think the story has legs.
As too does one expert lawyer:

Says David Hart, QC, an environmental lawyer, “This ruling means that consents and permissions for further wind-farm developments in Scotland and the UK are liable to challenge on the grounds that the necessary policy preliminaries have not been complied with, and that, in effect, the public has been denied the chance to consider and contribute to the NREAP”.

North notes a delicious irony in this affair. The Aarhus Convention has hitherto been exploited by green activists to railroad through their extremist policies. Now, they have been hoist by their own petard.

Therein lies a huge and delightful irony and the Aarhus Convention is hailed by the Greens giving them the potential to challenge all manner of government decisions. The former secretary to the convention was Jeremy Wates, now supreme Fuhrer of the EEB, lording it in Brussels. The whole thing stemmed from Rio, and was the brainchild of the Green NGOs, led by the EEB.

Can our good fortune last? I doubt it. But till the greenies find a loophole, I’m encouraged to think what useful ammunition this will provide for anti-wind groups fighting desperately to protect their corner of Britain or Ireland from the bat-chomping, bird-slicing terror.
Well done Christine! Well done Pat! Bloody heroes, the pair of you!
Tags: Aarhus Convention, Agenda 21, bat-chomping bird-slicing eco-crucifixes, Christine Metcalfe, eco fascists, Pat Swords, UN, Watermelons, wind turbines

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