Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wind Energy Needs a Fair Hearing; Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wind Energy Needs a Fair Hearing; Views of the North

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AS an avid supporter of the deployment of onshore wind energy in the UK, I long ago gave up hoping that The Journal will give the technology a fair hearing (Leading article, June 9).

While accepting that correct legal procedure must, of course, be followed when determining schemes I believe that it is your newspaper''s stance on onshore wind energy that is misguided, to use your own words, and that it ill-serves your wider readership. This approach is exemplified by the portrayal of Andrew Joicey as a sort of "white knight" to whom we should all be thankful for fighting "our" anti-onshore wind farm cause, a sort of flattery with which I cannot concur. I find his beliefs , and those of others like him who have opposed wind energy at every step, as incredibly short-sighted and inhibiting to the development of renewable energy.

What I can hope for though is that your journalists will at least report accurately on the key technical ideas that underpin energy generation, rather than just repeating the mantras of anti-wind farm campaigners that wind turbines are 'inefficient'. …

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