WMN Letter: What is the real cost of renewable energy?
It would be churlish not to welcome the prospect of new jobs created by the renewable energy industry (WMN, September 20). But what is their real cost?
The local renewables lobby group, Regen SW, gave us a clue in your article. Its spokesman asked whether we were going to be “innovative, high tech, creating new jobs” or whether we were going to reject the Atlantic Array “not to damage tourism”.
That looks like an admission from the renewables industry that the wind turbine clusters and industrial scale solar panels which they promote are incompatible with preserving the natural beauty of the Westcountry and therefore with sustaining our tourist industry. Or, put another way, how many of the jobs created by building energy infrastructure will be cancelled out by job losses in tourism?
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