Monday, 17 February 2014

John Burrows comment and the riposte (Chairman's Page)

Editing material from old Leicester Citizens for use here and in Miscellany (web page) I found this exchange of ideas - what are your views?

Chairman’s Page (Issue 2 – December 2003)
Wind farms are in the news again. As if our green and pleasant land is not already disfigured by a mass of snaking power transmission lines, yet more 'visual rape' is suggested. Has anyone ever bothered to work out the cost/benefit ratio of this so-called “free energy”? The loss of visual amenity? The view in plain English goes like this: A wind farm is proposed three miles off the Lincolnshire coast. If this comes about, the serene beauty of being able to look to the far horizon will be forever blotted. Or try this: Remember the Lake District and Cumbria? Get the existing views on film and video now before they too become a fading memory. The Peak District too could be another threatened treasure. Think of what could happen to Bradgate Park'

The only place for wind farms is above Parliament where the supply of wind and hot air is always 100% guaranteed!

A riposte in the next issue of Leicester Citizen
"Dear Sirs,

I must take issue with John Burrows on the subject of wind turbines. (Chairman’s page Leicester Citizen No.2) The expanded use of renewable energy is clean, efficient, cheap and by definition limitless. It is by no exaggeration one of the great discoveries of the modern age and one that may quite literally save the planet.

All environmentalists share Mr. Burrows' concerns about visual amenity. Yet the site off the Lincolnshire coast, to which he refers, will be 42 kilometres offshore and therefore actually over the horizon. Offshore areas such as these have the greatest consistent levels of wind and it is here where the future lies.

There are tight controls over developments in National Parks and in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether those controls need tightening further is of a matter for continuing serious debate. However, contrary to popular belief such areas are not an obvious target for wind farms. As Great Britain and lreland are stuck out in the Atlantic they are the windiest countries in Europe. You even don't need a hill for a wind turbine to operate efficiently.

The Government proposes 10% energy from renewables - principally wind - by 2010 and 20% by 2020. Both Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace believe figures double these are both attainable and necessary. Whereas it is quite right for Civic Societies to concern themselves with visual amenity we must all recognise that there are larger environmental issues at stake.

Name and address supplied."

What do you think? Who is right?

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