Friday, 24 April 2009

The RSPB on wind-farms

In view of the restatement of the government's support for wind energy in Wednesday's budget, a statement by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is timely. They say: "We’ve always supported taking power from the wind, waves, the tides, the ground, and anything else that can justifiably be labelled as a renewable energy source that doesn’t damage the environment.

"But we know there are some proposals out there – like the recently defeated Lewis windfarm application, and the current proposal for a barrage from Cardiff to Weston across the river Severn – that don’t meet sensible environmental standards. Based on the available science, we believe they'd harm the environment."

I would add that schemes should also be locally acceptable. The full RSPB statement is here.

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