EDITOR – The view of Northfields Farm from my house has recently been blocked – by a new housing development.
I wish it had been by a wind farm.
Over the past few weeks I have been reading your readers’ opinions on wind farms with a mixture of mirth, disappointment, incredulity and disgust. (I don’t think they are monstrosities, but that really is a matter of opinion. Your readers should remember that their opinion is just that, too.)
I’m going to lay before these people a choice. Would they prefer their coast to be ‘spoiled’ by coal power stations, nuclear power stations, wind farms, or six feet of water. Because most of the scientific community agree the wet summer we have been experiencing is only the first of many.
And it will get worse.
The answer they would give is, of course, ‘none’, because these NIMBYs want the power problem to be sorted out elsewhere whilst they reap the benefits.
I urge these people to wake up and realise that the world they are living in has changed and that they are partly responsible for that. Wind farms are not the most efficient of power generation technologies (I would argue most new technologies take a while to iron out problems) but if, as at least one of your readers wishes, we are plunged back into Victorian times and coal power, we will not have any sort of legacy to pass on to our children, whatever it looks like.
Back to the housing development I mentioned in the beginning. Okay: my view has gone, but at least I have the empathy to realise that people will be benefiting from those new houses more than I would by having a nice view. I really don’t think some of your readers can see past their self-centred noses.
Personally, I’m still holding out hope for nuclear fusion.