Over at the batshit collective that is Breitbart London, James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole is stuck for rotten greenies to censure, so much so that he has been forced to dig out an opinion piece from Mexico and then claim that what happens in that country applies equally all over the world. Del Boy starts with his sights set low, and soon hits bedrock.
"Gay marriage" ... "Global warming" ... "Eco crucifixes" ... "Red meat conservatism" ... "Blatant invention" ... "Desperate click-bait"
“A Mexican ecologist has blown the whistle on the corruption, lies and incompetence of the wind industry - and on the massive environmental damage it causes in the name of saving the planet” tells Del, citing “Patricia Mora, a research professor in coastal ecology and fisheries science at the National Institute of Technology in Mexico” (you can read the actual interview HERE).
She talks of “absolute corruption”, and of environmental impact assessments being distorted, made up, or otherwise fiddled, but it is also clear that much of this is down to Ms Mora’s opinion: the effect of sound waves from wind turbines, on which she says there is “abundant” information, is often exaggerated. Delingpole knows all about that – he is one of the most able exaggerators.
And corruption in Mexico is part of the way of life there: “corruption pervades nearly all levels of Mexico's government and society, according to the US Department of State. It is also important for companies to note that the degrees and types of corruption that companies encounter in Mexico vary significantly between the federal, state and municipal levels”. There’s more.
“Organised crime continues to be a very problematic factor for doing business in Mexico and imposes large costs on businesses. Collusion between public officials and drug criminals is not uncommon in the country, and officials have been found accepting bribes from drug cartels in return for information”. Nobody wanting to retain their credibility will pretend that the same happens in this country.
So what does Del Boy do? As if you need to ask: “Though Professor Mora is talking specifically about Mexico, what she says applies equally well to supposedly more transparent democracies such as Britain, Australia, the US, Canada and Denmark. The wind industry is necessarily one of the most corrupt enterprises on earth ... Without crony capitalism, the wind industry simply would not exist”.
And now he’s got the air quotes ready, so ends with a sneering flourish: “As I can personally testify from a decade spent covering this scandal, there are few forms of life on the planet lower than those parasites who make their fortune out of bird-chomping, bat-slicing eco-crucifixes”. Yes Del, as opposed to those who make their fortune out of inventing mainly untrue stories about them.
This is blatant false equivalence. So pretty mild stuff for the Breitbart bigots, then.