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Russell Taylor — In praise of our green and pleasant land

June 18, 2013

I’ve just returned from a short break in Devon, which has to be one of the loveliest places on earth. If there is a God, then He can surely be seen in Devon’s rolling patchwork of fields and flowering hedgerows. It’s a landscape that stirs a pride of country as great as that evoked by our cultural and scientific achievements. As my grandfather would have said, it’s the view that won us the war.

While I admired this magnificent scenery, at no point did I think that it would benefit from the addition of a few 300-foot wind turbines. Yet, there are people living among us who would disagree; people who would like to carpet our countryside with these monstrosities; people who even claim to find them beautiful – a sentiment I find as credible as a Soviet peasant admiring the Tiger tank that had just squashed his grandmother.

I’m no harebrained idealist when it comes to conservation. I realise that we must sometimes accept changes to our environment for the sake of net gains, otherwise we’d have no roads, bridges or reservoirs. But wind power is a lose-lose proposition. In exchange for the vandalisation of our countryside, it offers us an inefficient, unreliable, not-especially-green energy source, that performs unplanned vivisection on our wildlife, and requires huge subsidies to give it the illusion of viability.

Wind enthusiasts claim that subsidies will help the technology develop to the point that government support is no longer needed. But unless those developments include a cloaking device and the ability to generate a thousand-times the power, even when the wind’s not blowing, it’s money down the drain. Wind will never be a substitute for coal, gas or nuclear power. For us to reject this reality would be like NASA eschewing rockets and attempting a moon-shot on horseback (something that’s increasingly likely now that it’s an arm of the environmental movement).   Continue reading, here….

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