Assisted by fellow members of parliament Colin Pickthall and Sir Donald Thompson, Evans denigrated wind's contribution compared with nuclear, spicing his vitriol with spurious arguments and gross exaggeration. After complaining about the extremely ugly nature of "wind factories" which scar the countryside, he called for fresh ways to conserve energy and more powers to allow local authorities to turn down wind turbine applications.
In reply, the Minister for Small Business, Industry and Energy, Richard Page, put up a robust defence. Wind is a major part of the renewable energy scene, he said adding that if Evans has "some idea that the government will walk away from the idea, he is doomed to disappointment." Listing some of the companies that have already secured substantial orders, Page said the wind business is expected to be worth £11 billion to British companies over the next ten years. "I wonder whether the workers in those factories would want wind energy to be tossed to one side, following the rather draconian measures advocated in some quarters," he commented. He also reminded Evans that wind farm sites have to be acceptable in planning terms.
Finally, he offered Evans some friendly advice against using Don Quixote as a parallel in future. "If I remember rightly, Don Quixote had a fairly chequered career, most of which was completely and utterly unsuccessful," he said. "Wind power is here to stay, and we must make sure that it is introduced in a sensitive fashion."