Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wind power or Nimby power?

From the Guardian:
Residents will be able to stop the construction of windfarms under tough rules that could seriously restrict the growth of onshore wind power generation . . .

New guidance is expected to tell councils that local people's concerns should take precedence over the need for renewable energy, and give more weight to the impact of turbines on the landscape and heritage. Polling consistently shows that the public supports onshore wind. Two polls last year found 60% and 66% approval for the technology, for example. But a vocal minority is adamantly opposed and the UK Independence party has made opposition to wind energy a central plank of its pitch to voters – putting pressure on the Conservatives to follow suit.
Cartoon by Joe Heller

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