Support Wind Farm (& Solar Park) Applications

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Renewable energy sources like wind and solar power are both sustainable, environmentally friendly, and in the long term economically viable. The fact that we are running out of fuel and the fact that we are running out of time to replace our ageing power stations means we have no choice but to find alternative sources of electricity now, before it’s too late. Of course most people do prefer the status quo, and yes many people do not believe in climate change or peak oil, but just like me, many others do believe there is an answer – renewable energy.

Wind power essentially utilises a free resource without polluting the environment. Yes it does take energy and money to make turbines, but it also takes energy and money to build power stations too. Unlike power stations there is no transportation of fuels, burning of fuels, pollution or disposal of spent fuels. It’s green because it generates power without damaging the environment once set up and running.

Solar power also utilises a free resource without polluting the environment. And yes it also does take energy and money to make solar panels, but don’t forget it takes energy and money to build power stations too and just like wind there is no damage to the environment after installation.

Renewable energy generation is also greener because the electricity does not have to be distributed as far, so more of it will be used rather than wasted.

All renewable energy generation suffers from bad press because of campaigns against it by people that oppose wind farms or solar parks because they are deemed to be too close to where they live and may affect the prices of their houses. These same people would also campaign against a power station if it was built near them too, but this is very un-likely to happen because these power stations are very dirty and dangerous. If the government decided to promote new power stations instead of wind farms, many national newspapers would be telling us that power stations are bad news too.

They way forward is not to let a few ‘nimbys’ ruin sustainable environmentally developments. If we approve wind farm applications, the worst that can happen is that they are taken down again; wind turbines can at any time be removed leaving the sites almost undisturbed. In most cases they are so far away from houses and are so close to major roads they never disturb anyone. Many people even like the look of them.

I can’t think of many reasons not to approve wind farm applications, but I can show you lots of evidence to support wind power, and we will be sharing some of this aswell as discussing other ways to support local projects on Thursday 7th October in the Plaza, Thrapson from 8pm.

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