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Green Founder Battles Wind Turbine Near Home

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Founding father of green movement battles plans to erect wind turbine in his village

By Anna Edwards | 4 February 2013

One of the world’s top environmentalists and a founding father of the ‘green’ movement is fighting plans to build a wind turbine in his village. Professor James Lovelock, 93, is famous for inventing ‘Gaia Theory’ and predicting global warming would wipe out four fifths of the world’s population by 2100.

But in recent years the scientist has outraged many followers after becoming an advocate of nuclear power and a staunch opponent of wind energy. He is now battling plans for a 275ft wind turbine on farmland near his home in Broadwoodwidger [sic], Devon.

The proposed tower would be installed in woodland close to his house and has attracted fierce opposition from locals.

He has now thrown his scientific reputation behind their campaign in a letter to his local planning authority, Torridge District Council.

Prof Lovelock has described wind turbines as ‘monuments of a failed civilisation’.

He wrote: ‘I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood.

‘We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs.’

The veteran environmentalist added: ‘We need to take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island – monuments of a failed civilisation.’

Professor Lovelock’s Gaia theory energised the green movement after its formulation in the 1960s and made him a global icon in the fight against climate change. He theorised that the Earth is a single self-regulating organism – and therefore will adapt itself to see off threats to its eco-system.

He predicted the planet would survive but warned humans would not be so lucky and would have to migrate to the Arctic to stand any chance of surviving. But in recent years Professor Lovelock has dismayed his followers by questioning renewable energy and advocating nuclear power as how to cut carbon emissions…

The North Devon branch of the Green Party said it would continue to promote wind energy despite the disapproval of its most famous member.

Last week two wind turbines in Cornwall and Devon toppled over in high winds last week – sparking fears the towers could have been sabotaged…

We seem to recall that it is he other side that engages in sabotage.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Green Founder Battles Wind Turbine Near Home”

  1. River0 says:

    Beautiful! This is the only way ‘progressivism’ and crypto-Marxism will be defeated; when the brick wall of awful consequences they’ve wrought hits them in the face.

    Unemployment, rising prices, joblessness, loss of freedom, and despair are just around the corner for all but the ‘elite’ apparatchiks.

    It may be closer than we think.

  2. USSFreedom says:

    At 93, he best not take the position, “Over my dead body”as those wanting the windmills erected may just take him seriously. Harnessing the wind for WATT? Green madness, distracting to the view of the natural landscape and not dependable enough to rely on 24 hours a day and just the expense of installing these monsters and maintenance is staggering. Putting the money in upgrading current systems much more viable option. AND for the animal rights people screaming “The birdees, oh the poor birdees.” Like giant Cats killing off their feathered friends, please stop just to shut them up.

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