Firstly , we are in favour of alternative sources of energy such as wind turbines. It is just that we do not want them desecrating a beautiful and tranquil part of our rural heritage when they could easily be placed elsewhere, especially offshore.
Secondly, who "honestly" told Mr Waterson that it would "provide all the power needed for the opera season"?. ...The energy produced by the turbine will be sold to the National Grid and so will not actually be used by the opera house because they will have to buy energy back when they need it. Thus it could be located anywhere and not in a place which will damage the beauty of Sussex.
To meet our peak demand of 56 gigawatts of electricity would require 112,000 turbines covering 11,000 square miles, or an eighth of Britain's entire land area, says Christopher Booker. ...Most alarming of all, however, in the desperation to reach EU "renewables" target, is the setting up of a new Infrastructure Planning Commission to force through thousands of these absurd objects over the wishes of local people and councils, who are now to be robbed of any right of appeal.
Nowhere is this more true than off the coast of Norfolk, where Ed Davey has just made one of those life and death decisions that come with the high office of Energy Secretary. Shockingly, he has decreed that guillotining 94 shaggy-crested terns a year is acceptable, even if you have no plans to put them in a sandwich.
As a rule of thumb, the annual income per MW fed to the Grid from wind energy is around £800,000 ...So the income from the Eye turbines might be around £1.6 million a year - which hardly makes the £7,000 offered to the locals for the blighting of their skyline the bargain of the century.
Two Western Isles councillors attempt to persuade us once again of the economic and climatic benefits of industrial-scale wind farms (January 12) and also that the people in the Western Isles had a fair say before the council approved the last iteration in the planning process - there is at least one more to go. The fantasy of a democratic process is far from borne out by the latest Scottish Executive figures, which show 4692 objections and 12 in favour of the Lewis wind power scheme.