Saturday, 30 July 2011

Letter in Shropshire Star: English are not to blame for turbines

Another letter in the Shropshire Star tonight.  The bits in italics are what the Shropshire Star edited out.

English are not to blame for turbines

For the last few weeks there have been a couple of letters a week complaining about the proposed new wind turbines to be erected in Wales "for the English". The suggestion is that windmills shouldn't be built in Wales for the benefit of "the English" and that "the English" shouldn't have any input in planning decisions concerning them.

Not long ago, we had public consultations on the proposed reconfiguring of services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital. Of the seven consultations held, three were in Wales and the Shropshire Star letters page was full of letters from "the Welsh" complaining about how the proposed changes would be to their detriment.

Talk about double standards. I agree that wind turbines are a blight on the landscape and certainly wouldn't want them in my back yard. It's a shame so many of them blight the Welsh landscape as well but if "the Welsh" want someone to blame, it's not "the English", it's their own government.

The Welsh Assembly is committed to onshore wind farms and it is the Welsh Assembly that makes strategic planning decisions in Wales. It's not "the English" they should be complaining to, it's "the Welsh".

Wind turbines are the most inefficient and expensive form of renewable electricity, requiring vast amounts of taxpayers money to make them financially viable for the operators. Windmills are so expensive and ineffectual that operators can't make back the cost of building and running them before they reach the end of their life.

We should all oppose the construction of windmills not for their unsightliness or because they're being built to power another country but because they are a gross waste of taxpayers money and the justification for building them - global warming - is nothing more than a scam. Even NASA is predicting a period of global cooling because of a decline in sunspot activity (something the "scientists" who make millions from the global warming scam claim has no significant impact on the climate).

Councillor Stuart Parr
UKIP
Brookside