Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke Wins Praise for Wind Outburst; Philip Describes Turbines as Useless

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke Wins Praise for Wind Outburst; Philip Describes Turbines as Useless

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Byline: Paul Tully

ANTI-WIND FARM campaigners in the North East last night welcomed fierce criticism of the turbines by the Duke of Edinburgh.

In a blistering attack on the rising tide of wind turbine developments, the Duke described wind farms as "useless" and "a disgrace".

Prince Philip rapped the onshore wind turbine industry's reliance upon electricity customers' subsidies.

In comments that put him firmly against Government policy in favour of wind energy developments, the Duke said wind farms could "never work" and claimed those who supported them were living a "fairy-tale".

Leading environmentalist Dr David Bellamy led the praise for the outspoken Duke for putting forward his influential viewpoint.

Dr Bellamy, 78, who lives in Weardale, told The Journal: "I heartily agree with everything the Duke of Edinburgh says. The prince is outspoken - but 99.9% of times he is saying the right thing.

"Wind farms are sacrilege in our beautiful countryside.

I have written personally to Prince Philip today thanking him for what he has said.

"It adds strength to our case and the fight against the monstrosity of wind farms, which in Northumberland have now become a major issue."

Last month, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne stirred controversy on a visit to Newcastle by describing wind turbines as "elegant" and "beautiful", and criticising opponents.

The Duke's views became public following a conversation with Esbjorn Wilmar, managing director of leading wind energy firm Infinerg, who was quoted in a Sunday newspaper.

"He said they were absolutely useless, completely reliant on subsidies and an absolute disgrace," Mr Wilmar revealed. "I was surprised by his very frank views."

The Duke's assertion that wind turbines need back-up capacity because of their unreliability was echoed by Georgina Leyland of the Middleton Burn Action Group in Northumberland, which is currently fighting a wind farm application near Elsdon. …

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