Sunday, 13 September 2009

A question of wind


I find it incredible in this day and age that this is even an issue.

We all know that our natural sources of power as in fossil fuels are running out. We all know that as humans we need to reduce our carbon footprint if our world is to survive. We should all want to create a better, healthier life for our children and their children and all the other generations to follow.

For centuries we have harnessed water and wind to make life easier. we are used to seeing traditional windmills although these days there are fewer and fewer still in working conditions. I did see a fair few on my holiday in Norfolk.






Now though there are a new kind of windmill .....the Wind turbine there are wind turbine farms, usually situated in remote locations. During the summer there were protests against one such wind farm being set up on the Isle of Wight not far from my home near the Hampshire coast. Local residents on the island were very much against this happening near them. At the same time there were other protests on the island involving a sit in by employees of a company that was about to close which would mean job losses for 600 people on the island. The company produce components for wind turbines. The closure of the company was due to a lack of demand for wind turbines in Northern Europe.

Now maybe I am the only one who can see the irony of this. However the Islanders are not the only people who do not want these great white structures blotting their landscape. As the months have marched slowly by in recent years I have heard of a fair few protests by residents refusing to allow a wind farm to be built near them. Maybe if the Islanders and others like them were not standing in the way of progress, then there would have been no need for the company to close and those 600 people would still have jobs (something to hold onto in this current climate).

Personally I think they should be considering the bigger picture and what these turbines mean to our future as oppossed to what future our children and grandchildren will have without them.

Whilst in Norfolk not only did we see far more of the traditional windmills than we normally see these days but there were also clusters of turbines in remote fields plus others dotted around standing alone. It was quite an unexpected view on our boat trip to see two traditional windmills seemingly next to each other although actually on opposite banks of the broad, then in the distance a solitary turbine appearing to stand between the two older structures.

The place where we were staying has a wind turbine farm just a little way out to sea. Far from being put off by the sight of these majestic towers I found them fascinating. I do not understand what all the protests are about. There are far worse things we can live near such as the electricity pylons that stretch across our countryside buzzing away day and night. If we went back in history to the days when windmills were first constructed we would probably find that they were considered to be unsightly and unwanted. Now we find them quaintly magical. Perhaps in years to come we will forget how ugly some people find the turbines. My son has just returned from his 28 days travelling across US and he tells me that these Wind Farms can be see all over the place.



I would like to say that if such a farm were to be situated near to my home I wouldn't bat an eyelid but somehow I doubt that would be true .......perhaps the novelty would wear thin after a while but I think I would be fascinated by them for quite some time.




If such a wind farm were proposed in your local area would you welcome or reject it. If this has already happened did you protest or welcome the progress for our future?

11 comments:

Andrea Wh@tever said...

Perhaps they prefer the huge ugly soar panels which are such eyesores.

CheekyDani said...

I find it baffling as well - I find them fascinating and elegant. I have had various arguments with people who do not believe that the planet is reacting to the pollution humans have imposed upon it. They believe it's just something that happens to the planet. Maybe it is, but do we want to risk it if not?? Anyway I'm with you, they're real pretty x

DJ Kirkby said...

I find them mesmerising. I welcome anything that cuts down on resources we are currently overusing but then I don't live next to a huge plot of land where they could be placed. Perhaps I would feel differeently if I did.

nitebyrd said...

We have the same bitching and moaning over here. I can't understand it either. I'm not sure what states have them, mine doesn't. There was a wind farm in Australia that was far from ugly. It was actually fascinating. The cows that were roaming around the turbine bases didn't seem the least bit bothered by them. People here would rather build oil drilling rigs in the ocean. It's a mystery to me why the wind turbines are so hated (feared?).

Dazza said...

I can't believe there aren't more of them, as you rightly say we have harnessed wind power for centuries in this country. We need to build a sustainable energy future... more wind please!!

Dxxx

Fire Byrd said...

In Germany wher I've just been on a very long train ride they are everywhere.
I do not see what the problem is, with them. But then maybe the people who are protesting are also the people who drop litter for someone else to deal with.As for certain people it's always someone/ somewhere else.
xx

Fat Controller said...

In Denmark they are a common sight, groups of three or four standing in a farmer's field. I, too find them mesmerising and elegant.

Bernard Ingham, Thatcher's former press-secretary, once slammed them in a national newspaper as unsightly 'bog-brushes', But then he was employed by a major oil company at the time.

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