Say 'no' to wind turbines

Say 'no' to wind turbines

Say 'no' to wind turbines

First published in Letters

I AM a member of the Green Party but share the views of UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall (Wirral Globe, May 7) and Peter Grant (Globe, April 30) on the subject of wind turbines.

These eyesores are extremely expensive to manufacture, to service and to maintain, as well as being potential hazards to the Northwest Air Ambulance Service and to migrating birds.

Also, the small amount of electricity they produce with their irregular movement is not valid.

Why is water power not considered by politicians?

Mrs D Gray, Bebington

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11:11am Wed 14 May 14

Samshish says...

As a green party member, surely you support the use of green, clean energy.
Of all the renewable energy resources we have available to us, wind offers us the best comprimise of energy, smallest damage to environment and reliability. The power provided by wind is essential for reducing our use of natural gas, since that is what is used to fill the gaps left by the less reliable sources, when their output is low, and to increase output when demand is high. The amount of energy provided by these turbines is considerable, and worthwhile, whilst also quite reliable and predictable, since there is nearly always at least some power coming out of them.
To imply that the North West Air Ambulance service is put at risk is just ridiculous, and probably insulting to their pilots. This suggestion that they stand a significant chance of crashing into them is ridiculous, since they have lights, based on that idea, we need to cut down every tall tree and building in the north west to reduce the risk of them hitting it.
Furthermore, migrating birds are proven not to be affected by wind turbines, as they can see and therefore avoid the sails, this story does make sense, until you actually think about it.
The major ecological problem with wind turbines lies under the sea, and with bats, but bats are not an issue this far out, and some marine wildlife thrives in the environments around wind turbines.
The turbines are not really eyesores, when you look at the most stunning photos of wirrals coastline, nearly all of them include the wind turbines in the background, making what would be a very dull sea have some point of interest.

Finally, your point on water power is a classic case of Not In My Back Yard, you dont want the ecological and asthetic damage in your area, but you are happy for other peoples property to be flooded to make dams, shut off rivers to migrating fish, and produce millions of tonnes of methane and CO2 when the flooded area decomposes. Then the result is a huge concrete dam and artificial lake in the middle of an ptherwise beautiful landscape.
The other forms of water power, such as wave and tidal are not yet developed and the technologies require even more maintenance than wind, as well as collosal ecological damage.
Sam Bebington
As a green party member, surely you support the use of green, clean energy. Of all the renewable energy resources we have available to us, wind offers us the best comprimise of energy, smallest damage to environment and reliability. The power provided by wind is essential for reducing our use of natural gas, since that is what is used to fill the gaps left by the less reliable sources, when their output is low, and to increase output when demand is high. The amount of energy provided by these turbines is considerable, and worthwhile, whilst also quite reliable and predictable, since there is nearly always at least some power coming out of them. To imply that the North West Air Ambulance service is put at risk is just ridiculous, and probably insulting to their pilots. This suggestion that they stand a significant chance of crashing into them is ridiculous, since they have lights, based on that idea, we need to cut down every tall tree and building in the north west to reduce the risk of them hitting it. Furthermore, migrating birds are proven not to be affected by wind turbines, as they can see and therefore avoid the sails, this story does make sense, until you actually think about it. The major ecological problem with wind turbines lies under the sea, and with bats, but bats are not an issue this far out, and some marine wildlife thrives in the environments around wind turbines. The turbines are not really eyesores, when you look at the most stunning photos of wirrals coastline, nearly all of them include the wind turbines in the background, making what would be a very dull sea have some point of interest. Finally, your point on water power is a classic case of Not In My Back Yard, you dont want the ecological and asthetic damage in your area, but you are happy for other peoples property to be flooded to make dams, shut off rivers to migrating fish, and produce millions of tonnes of methane and CO2 when the flooded area decomposes. Then the result is a huge concrete dam and artificial lake in the middle of an ptherwise beautiful landscape. The other forms of water power, such as wave and tidal are not yet developed and the technologies require even more maintenance than wind, as well as collosal ecological damage. Sam Bebington Samshish
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1:00pm Wed 14 May 14

sonoferic says...

There aren't many more land-based locations where large-scale hydro can be exploited in this country. The only alternatives are either tidal (already considered by government) or undersea turbines (still early days of testing).

I don't particularly mind wind turbines. Put it this way, once the 'magic bullet' is found to satisfy all our energy needs, wind turbines can be decommissioned just as fast as they've gone up...unlike Nuclear power stations that require billions to clean up and years to decontaminate.
There aren't many more land-based locations where large-scale hydro can be exploited in this country. The only alternatives are either tidal (already considered by government) or undersea turbines (still early days of testing). I don't particularly mind wind turbines. Put it this way, once the 'magic bullet' is found to satisfy all our energy needs, wind turbines can be decommissioned just as fast as they've gone up...unlike Nuclear power stations that require billions to clean up and years to decontaminate. sonoferic
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