So a Cornish school erects a windmill: great, one of the few areas of the country where it might actually be cost effective (note, *might* not is, as they don\’t give us the figures).

This is a little sad though:

Adam Phipps, 8, who has built his own miniature turbine and been able to measure the electricity it generates, said: “We think the turbine is good because it means we are not burning oil that creates carbon dioxide.”

Which twit is teaching kids that we use oil to generate electricity?

11 thoughts on “Green Education”

  1. I applaud this because he’s going to find out how little power can be generated by the turbine in comparison to fossil fuel sources.

  2. “I applaud this because he’s going to find out how little power can be generated by the turbine in comparison to fossil fuel sources.”

    Tell the little kiddiewinks they can only power their Playstations via their miniature turbines.

    Then we’ll see how much they value ‘green issues’… 🙂

  3. “Which twit is teaching kids that we use oil to generate electricity?”

    His “science” teacher most probably – the proud holder of a four year degree in Marxist Lennist Education Theory and a six week summer school certificate in Physicschemistryanbiology.

  4. The 8-yearold child has a lot better excuse for saying such than John Kerry who, during his 2004 run for POTUS, repeatedly claimed that windmills would significantly reduce the USA’s imports of oil.

  5. Jesus, guys.

    First off, the kid is technically correct, as Mark has pointed out. On a smaller scale, it happens every time you drive your car.

    Second, he’s bloody 8 years old. That he understands that electricity can be produced by different means and producing it via the combustion of oil produces carbon dioxide and that this is a “bad thing” that using windmills avoids, is a chain of thought that, whilst we can argue the validity of it, is of sufficient cognitive complexity to be beyond the grasp of most of my secondary school pupils. I barely trust them with a test tube, let alone rotating blades.

  6. It said in the Times that the turbine would produce 3.5kW, for a school of 100 pupils. Apparently they would sell the surplus to the National Grid.

    Whatever they are teaching children in Cornwall, it isn’t arithmetic.

    It also said they had received 50 large in grants.

    So it takes a £50, 000 wind turbine to boil a kettle. When the wind is blowing.

  7. just had a look at the accounts of the “charity” in charge of this project, and sure enough it’s part of the state charitocracy. Nearly all their income comes from the Energy Saving Trust and their local council.

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