The Pitcairn Island Wind Farm Fiasco
This is a classic case of government wasting tax payers money in an irresponsible way, all in the name of the International Aid Budget which currently stands at 0.7% of Britain’s GDP, and being Green.
Pitcairn Island is where the crew of HMAV Bounty settled, after casting the Captain of the Bounty, William Bligh adrift, the story has been immortalized in several Hollywood movies over the years so most people have some knowledge of the story.
The mutineers led by Fletcher Christian consisted of 8 British sailors, 6 Tahitian men, 11 Tahitian women, and 1 baby landed on Pitcairn in 1798 and remained there undiscovered until the US sealing ship Topaz visited the island in 1808. The people who landed in 1798 are the ancestors of today’s Pitcairn Islanders.
History is not sure what fate held became of Fletcher Christian, he is alleged to have been brutally murdered on the island, other stories say that Christian made it back to England, though the logistics of doing this were nearly impossible at the time, for example today to travel to Pitcairn Island means flying to New Zealand, then taking 2 more flights and finally a 32 hour boat trip to reach the island, this place really does put the R in remote.
Pitcairn Island is a British Overseas Territory, a throw back to the days of the Empire, which means it receives priority foreign aid from the Foreign Aid budget, which is currently £43000 per islander. Estimates of the island population vary from 44 to 67, with 55 being the most popular, which is where the figure of £43000 comes from, considerably more than the average wage of £25000 in Britain.
On top of all the foreign aid money flowing in, the geniuses at the Department for International Development (DfID) decided that it was time for Green energy on Pitcairn Island and that a wind farm should be built:
The £1.7million scheme on the Pitcairn Islands’ was aborted after Australian contractors took the money but failed to build any turbines.
By the time it was cancelled the plans for the tiny island, made famous by the Mutiny on the Bounty, had already slipped three years behind schedule and the predicted costs had doubled.
In a report the Department for International Development (DfID) admitted that they failed to “rigorously manage” the green energy plans.
DfID have admitted they failed to “rigorously manage” this waste of tax payers money, yet no one has been held to account for negligence in the management of the project, it’s always the same story with governments and tax payers money, profligate waste with no controls on spending, no responsibility or accountability for those involved.
DfID spent £265,213 on the wind farm project, which began in September 2006 with contractors engaged the following year, and its website now classes the project as “complete”.
The cost included chartering a ship to take equipment to the islands, a move which later had to be cancelled as the shipment was not ready, the Daily Mail reported.
Eventually officials abandoned the scheme – which would have cost the equivalent of £31,000 per head.
The wind farm is abandoned yet DfiD’s web site shows the project as complete, priceless, a lot of money wasted and a government department has a failed project as completed, and by implication successful, the lying and duplicity is endless.
A DfID spokesperson said: “Where contracts are not good value for money and are not being properly delivered, HMG will take action to protect taxpayer money. This contract was signed in 2007 and by October 2010 was behind schedule. It was formally terminated in March 2011.
DfID do not say what steps they are taking to recover tax payers money, because quite simply there will not be any, the money will just be written off, after all there is plenty more money to be wasted, all supplied from the bottomless pit of the tax payer.
Rest assured there is now a new Green scheme in the pipeline for Pitcarin Island, a solar farm, and yes you guessed correctly, British tax payers will funding this new fiasco as well.
Posted on April 9, 2013, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Lies, Green Subsidy, Renewables, Wind Power and tagged Fletcher Christian, Mutiny on The Bounty, Pitcairn Isalnd. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.