Wind Turbines: Elegant Boon or Noisy Nuisance? Debate
IT'S essential that the issue of power generation by wind (Mail) is properly debated before more of these turbines appear across our countryside. The terminology employed has been changed to 'wind farms' simply to suggest greener credentials and this should be challenged because they're unsightly and have an impact when sited near rural communities. They produce noise, cause flicker and damage local wildlife. Anyone who believes they're silent, friendly giants should visit the numerous websites involved to understand the impact they've had on rural communities. They are as yet unproven as an efficient means of meeting our energy needs. The latest research shows they operate only 30 per cent of the time and contribute very little to the National Grid. They're popular with the companies building them because they receive prices guaranteed by the Government for the next 20 years while land owners are paid large yearly sums for each one on their land. It's high time the politicians were honest about the environmental impact, costs and business case to justify the huge expenditure. Both Cameron and Clegg should be made aware of the growing concern about this: they may face a backlash.
DOUGLAS EDWARDS, Ripon, North Yorks.
as a wind farm supporter for years, i thought it a wonderful idea when one was installed in the car park of the sainsbury's store in Bristol's emersons Green -- until i visited the area when there was a high wind. …