The argument is moving away from the visual impact and health ground, facts conveniently disputed by the Government and the Industry, and has centred on added Environmental and Social charges and on the question of delivery in an increasing energy fragile UK. Now that should concern us in many ways although it is without doubt that the urban majority care little for rural ‘nimbys’, play fast and loose with their carbon footprints, and live in a parallel Universe to those directly affected by wind farm development. An Urban dweller impacted by traffic noise, rail lines and the
continual hum of a city simply has little appreciation of the Quality of Life those in the rural ‘idyll’ enjoy. Only when they travel the highways and byways of this country will they experience the horrors of modern day wind farms and then they scuttle back to their cramped two up, two down surrounded by concrete and tarmac. Most however will simply travel a motorway route to an airport and jet off to the far quarters of the Globe on their regular holidays. However reality is hitting home as their bills rise but they seem unaware that it is pursuit of the great Green God that has pushed them there. Far better to blame corporate SSE and global price rises. Corporate SSE, in much the same way as the much maligned(by the groons) BP, generates considerable share income to pension funds. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. Truth is those green taxes have now become the cumulative effect that us rural ‘bumkins’ understand so well.
So let us challenge the ROCs and FITs, decry the subsidies and the Environmental and Social Costs, the EU/ETSs, the CPFs and the ECOs, but not lose sight of the developers trashing our hills, violating our Quality of Life, destroying our tranquillity with noise and pollution and yes, damaging our health for their profit.
As a wind farm developer once said to me “Aren’t they beautiful. Every time I see a turbine turn I think ‘Kerching’ – Money in my bank” I need hardly say that the developer lived in London. It was less that she didn’t care about the lives she affected, but she simply did not see the little people. In this case the ‘little people’ bit back and won! I wonder how she sees the consultants and barristers who see a wind farm developer and say ‘Kerching! Money in our Bank! He who laughs last, laughs loudest!