UK: Opposition to wind growing

Protesters in Powys, where there are plans for 870 wind turbines. Source: The Guardian

Opposition to UK-based wind farms is growing rapidly. The Guardian is now reporting that opposition to wind power in Wales is “total.”

Opposition to wind power in rural Wales is said to be “total”, with communities threatening peaceful direct action and at least 20 groups fighting plans for 870 of the largest turbines in Powys alone.

“It’s only in the last few months that people have begun to understand the scale of what is happening. Even the business community is shocked. We can call on at least 5,000 people now for meetings,” said Richard Bonfield, former chair of mid-Wales Confederation of British Industry (CBI), who has helped organise protest rallies at the Welsh assembly in Cardiff and elsewhere.

“This is one of Wales’s biggest ever infrastructural projects and no one is now in favour except a few farmers. In the past we had a few small farms and turbines: we could accept them. But now we’re talking 120-metre-tall turbines and giant pylons. It is an environmental disaster.”

The Guardian is also reporting growing resentment in Scotland over “windfarm vultures” – politicians and private financiers – who stand to make millions from government subsidized wind farm developments.

Scotland’s spectacular mountain scenery is being wrecked by “windfarm vultures” making millions on the back of government subsidies, an environmental group says.

This demonstrates clearly that opposition to energy developments is broad and not limited to one form of energy or another. “NIMBY” attitudes are now being directed at development, period – full stop. Don’t let the Sierra Clubs of the world try to convince you that coal or nuclear are the problem. When you hear that opposition to wind development is “total,” you know that you’re dealing with something much larger.

01. March 2012 by Jason Hayes
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  1. I agree with Stossel (which I often do not on other issues) and Spencer on EPA and their likes getting excessive and job-killing.