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“It’s easier to advocate for wind turbines when you live in Paris” – RT in French

Critic of wind power, the deputy LR Julien Aubert proposes a law “aimed at reasoning” its development. In commission to defend it, he denounced the contradictions of the macronists on the subject even though this impacts the state budget.

Julien Aubert is one of the few deputies to regularly display criticism against the rise of wind turbines in the French province. Author of a bill “aimed at reasoning the development of wind power”, the elected Republicans (LR) defended the text in committee at the National Assembly on November 25. At the start of the intervention, he deplored that “the State [mène] wind power development ”, and reduces the capacity of local elected officials to“ be associated with projects, or even [à] block them ”. He notes in fact that it is “easier to plead in favor of wind turbines when you live in the 7th arrondissement of Paris than in the Somme, since they are not installed on the Champ-de-Mars”.

The elected representative of Vaucluse also supports that supporting wind power “is very expensive”, citing a 2019 report from the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) which estimates the cost between 73 and 90 billion euros d ‘by 2028 “for 15% of electricity production”. “In comparison, the nuclear fleet, […] it is 80 billion euros in 2019 [et produisant] five times more electricity, ”he adds.

The parliamentarian, president of the Gaullist current Oser la France, insists on the fact that wind power has developed in an anarchic manner on French territory, “creating a significant saturation effect in certain areas”, such as in Hauts-de-France. France. He recalls the words of Emmanuel Macron, January 14, 2020 in Pau, who affirmed that “the capacity to develop wind power massively is reduced” and that “the consensus on wind power was clearly weakening” in France.

Speaking following the intervention of Julien Aubert, the deputy of La République en Marche (LREM) Alain Perea castigated the text, believing that renouncing wind turbines, “is to sacrifice future generations”. For him, these are necessary to fight against “climate change”, assuming future land and sea projects planned by the government, and speaking of “a collective responsibility”.

15 times more concrete, 90 times more aluminum and 50 times more copper

Julien Aubert replied: “You have a problem at En Marche because when you are presented with a bill on wind power, […] you agree with the diagnosis but you absolutely do not want to change anything. ” Julien Aubert then brandished a report written by La République en Marche where it would be written, according to him, that “the energy transition and the development of renewable electric energies are not carried out with the aim of reducing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. tight”. And to add: “If [les éoliennes] do not emit greenhouse gases during their production of electricity, they nonetheless remain a source of emissions during their life cycle […] with an average of 12 to 15 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour. “

He also emphasizes the fact that wind power and photovoltaics require, compared to fossil fuels, up to “15 times more concrete, 90 times more aluminum and 50 times more copper”. “I am willing to accept all the arguments, but the argument that we make wind turbines to fight against global warming, take it off your head, that is not true,” he insists, relying in particular to the report of the “bipartisan commission of inquiry adopted by the majority and by the opposition”.

The speeches questioning wind power have become more and more audible for several years, especially among citizens, neighbors of wind turbines, who protest against the degradation of the landscape and a set of nuisances. Within government itself, skepticism is mounting about these facilities. The former Secretary of State for Ecology, who became Minister in charge of Territorial Communities, Sébastien Lecornu, acknowledged in January 2018 that nearly 70% of wind projects have been the subject of legal recourse.

Criticisms of this intermittent energy (which only produces when there is sufficient wind and if it is not too strong) are also emerging with the opposition that is regularly made by environmentalists, with the controllable nuclear energy. The latter being able to produce electricity on paper whatever the climatic conditions. On November 19 on BFM TV, the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili warned that France was at risk of power cuts in winter because of its dependence on nuclear power. For her, only an energy mix reducing the proportion of nuclear power to bring out intermittent energies can overcome this difficulty: “You must not depend on a single source of energy. This is why we are reducing the share of nuclear power to 50% in 2035 and why we are massively developing renewable energies. ”

This was refuted for RT France by the activist of the platform Choose nuclear, Jean-Pierre Lettron, who explains the error of the closure of the Fessenheim plant in June 2020: “The minister can say what she wants, when two 900 megawatt units are removed from the grid without replacing them, the closure of Fessenheim considerably aggravates the problem […] All countries need means of production that they can order on demand. ”

He argues that “these renewable energies must count for zero in the installed powers because we do not know when they will produce”. According to this former CGT executive from EDF, “we always need an installed power with controllable energy equal to the maximum of needs”.

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