Our planet needs turbines

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Last week, I decided to take my wife and son for a really close look at the wind turbines.

We travelled over the gated road from Chatton on a very blustery day and parked our car as close to one of the turbines as we could.

Apart from the slight whooshing sound of the blades, the whole area seemed to be carrying on as it always had, with both wildlife and livestock in abundance.

I am convinced that should future developments in technology ever make these turbines redundant then very little work would be required to return the landscape to its original condition.

I was, however, aware that something was missing. Here was a power station with no external fuel supply, no distant coal mine sending trains or convoys of heavy lorries, no multimillion-pound offshore oil or gas-drilling rigs filling supertankers bringing in CO2-laden fuel to be burnt on site converting one form of expensive energy into another.

I know that wind power is not consistent enough to replace conventional power stations but every megawatt the windfarms generate saves burning tons of coal/oil/gas.

The downside to this quest for cheap, clean energy is that some people find turbines an eyesore but as power stations go they are hardly an environmental disaster.

In recent years, we have witnessed the spread of electricity pylons, mobile phone masts and TV transmitters.

While none of these items are an attractive addition to the landscape, we put up with them to enjoy our present lifestyle.

Before we rush to protest or ban renewable energy from our region, we need to look at the much, much bigger picture. Our solar system is full of lifeless planets. You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool eco-warrior to realise we had better do what we can to look after this one.

CS Blease,