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UK Nat’l Trust: Wind Turbines ‘Public Menace’

From the UK’s Telegraph:

National Trust comes out against ‘public menace’ of wind farms

The National Trust is now "deeply sceptical" of wind power, its chairman said as he launched an outspoken attack on the "public menace" of turbines destroying the countryside.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
12 Feb 2012

For years the conservation charity has been a supporter of renewable energy, including wind, to reduce carbon emissions and help fight global warming.

The full name of the UK’s National Trust is the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty. It protects historic houses and castles and other landmarks, as well as ‘beauty spots.’

It is one of the largest landowners in the United Kingdom. The trust owns many scenic areas, most of which are open to the public free of charge.

But in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Sir Simon Jenkins warned that wind was the "least efficient" form of green power, and risked blighting the British landscape.

He said “not a week goes by” without the charity having to fight plans for wind farms that threaten the more than 700 miles of coastline, 28,500 acres of countryside and more than 500 properties owned by the Trust.

“Broadly speaking the National Trust is deeply sceptical of this form of renewable energy,” he said.

At the moment the Trust is fighting against at least half a dozen plans to build wind farms or turbines that could damage the view from a stately home or stretch of countryside, including a massive offshore farm in the Bristol Channel and plans by the Duke of Gloucester to install a wind farm on his property.

Apparently, Ted Kennedy is alive and well and living in Great Britain.

Louise Mensch, the Tory MP and author, is backing the fight against turbines near Lyveden New Bield, Northants which she fears could “destroy one of the finest examples of Elizabethan gardens in England”

In the past the Trust, that now has four million members, fought plans for one of Europe’s largest wind farms in mid Wales and the National Trust for Scotland has spoken out against turbines marching over the hills

“We are doing masses of renewables but wind is probably the least efficient and wrecks the countryside and the National Trust is about preserving the countryside,” said Sir Simon, a former national newspaper editor.

His view is a blow to the Government who have already installed more than 3,500 turbines and are planning to complete 800 this year alone.

The Government can ill-afford another clash with the Trust – which has more members than all the major political parties combined – following its prominent role in the widespread revolt against the coalition’s unpopular planning reform proposals

Still, that probably won’t stop wind farms in the UK.

The wind lobbyists just have too much ‘free’ money.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “UK Nat’l Trust: Wind Turbines ‘Public Menace’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Alternative energy is brilliant at the personal level.

    An idiotic plan for the size needs of society, industry and the Grid.

    • Curiosity says:

      The way alternative energy is being implemented is ill-advised, to say the least. The huge problem is the way development is advancing. From what I gather in reading on Solyndra and others it appears that, at least of late, massive government hand outs have been given to prominent campaign supporters.

      Eventually – however far that is down the road – fossil fuels will become scarce. At that time, power plants (which support both hospitals and my home lighting) and large Navy vessels can utilize nuclear energy, but fast moving air craft are currently a different matter, as (I think?) they all use fossil fuels. When they become scarce, the Air Force must maintain air superiority and travelers and FedEx alike would still like to keep aircraft around.

      Perhaps we can do crazy things with rail guns? Or hydrogen? But we’re not studying magnetic propulsion or hydrogen power at the same rate we’re subsidizing hippy fantasies and Dem donors. We do need alternative energy, at least eventually… we just won’t get there with huge wind farms.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yet, oil wells aren’t running dry.

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”but fast moving air craft are currently a different matter…..”

    And here I thought wind was the wave of the future. Evidently gliders are out of the question, huh?

    What I find deliciously ironic, however, is that the enviro-whackos that are pushing for the development of the wind farms as an effort to protect the environment are being opposed by the enviro-whackos claiming they are protecting the environment.

    Were they for it before they were against it? Calling Al Gore……..calling John Kerry………

    • Curiosity says:

      I didn’t mean to suggest gliders were out of the question, because you’re right: rocket, catapult, rail gun and slingshot-propelled unmanned aerial vehicles / systems are generally gliders. The large magnitude of acceleration (g-forces, if you will) at the beginning tends to be uncomfortable for living passengers, and the large energy discharge required to launch a passenger aircraft with any of those methods is somewhat larger than what is readily available without further R&D.

  3. canary says:

    Telegraph: Russian scientists reach Lake Vostok after 20 years of drilling into ice in Antarctica


    Is Russia hoping to find toxins on their way to becoming the first country to drill a hole through the earth?

    I’m not sure we can trust the picture the Russians are giving us. It’s pretty dinosaur tech.

  4. wirenut says:

    The answer my friends is just, “Blowing In The Wind”, just blowing in the wind. Thankyou Peter,Paul and Mary!
    The problem with windpower is it sucks! High cost and low percentage of grid makes it a pipedream.
    Quick ? For the greencrowd. Why not burn up all fossil fuels now? Making Green power the only thing possible!
    Oop’s, Well, somebody had to ask!

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