Rick Bradford wrote:
This is a straight fight between moralistic policies (those which make politicians feel noble and good about themselves) and moral policies (those which benefit the people).
Given the low level of moral character of the UK's political leadership, I cannot believe they will allow ordinary people to defy them for much longer.
Expect all forms of renewable energy to be declared a matter of 'national security', enabling central government to override local objections.
That's a good way of defining our representatives. Too many of them have forgotten who is supposed to benefit/be protected from them doing their duty.RE: The Wright stuff
So the Wright stuff laments: "The situation is typified by instances such as those in North Yorkshire, where local politicians recently vetoed plans to build seven turbines in the face of official advice that they should go-ahead after a concerted local campaign." God! How bad can this bet. Local politicians rejected "official advice"! The world is coming to an end.
There have been campaigns against wind farms for years and years. Pretty much wherever they outline sites. God only knows why the media haven't noticed until now. The planning process is usually a completely local matter. That the government recommends turbines be built isn't magically going to make them get approval.
There are sound reasons why applications get stopped too - they do blot landscapes, they do cause noise and light disturbances, they do kill wildlife, the generating capacity isn't what is promised, the lifespan of the kit isn't what is promised, failures can be substantial and dangerous ranging from exploding turbines, turbines that shake themselves to bits or throwing chunks of ice for hundreds of metres.