Wind power may help us
IF the letters pages of the Journal were a true barometer of local opinion it would seem that it is largely against wind turbines. Every week there is yet another protest against despotic corporations, disfigured land and seascapes, damage to wildlife, noise and so on.
It seems such objectors are not only unaware but unwilling to learn of the dangers of continuing business as usual.
They don't and won't recognise what global warming will bring. For Britain, let alone elsewhere, it has already caused huge meteorological upheaval and in turn unusually cold winters, floods and drought. If allowed to continue on the same trajectory it will also destroy the goose that lays the golden egg – our beautiful landscape, beaches and temperate climate.
There will be hoards of climate refugees and we'll have no good reason to refuse them admission, as it will have been the burning of fossil fuels by wealthy industrialised countries like ours which will have caused their demise.
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Acidification of the oceans through greenhouse gas emissions is causing problems for marine life so in turn our fisheries will be affected.
So rather than criticising RWE and postulating the effects of huge supermarkets next to Stonehenge or a chemicals plant mid-Exmoor perhaps, we should be giving some thought to the effects of further burning of gas, oil and coal.
For all the Government's support of Fracking, natural gas is still a fossil fuel, which may not produce as much greenhouse gas as oil and coal, but it produces it nevertheless. It takes huge quantities of water which are not recyclable.
In its own way nuclear also lays down a potentially horrific legacy for our children. Solar (but bearing in mind John Butter's sound arguments expressed last week), wind, tidal and wave power are what we should be exploring and using, even if some among us still have to concede a need for continued gas production until we have sufficient renewables to support our needs.
The technologies for tidal and wave power are not sufficiently advanced to be of immediate use, but wind power is. Instead of shunning it we should be embracing it with gratitude, because it could just save us from fates far worse than having to look at a wind farm 14 kilometres out to sea.
North Devon Green Party.