In my opinion: Wind turbines are part of the solution to energy crisis
I have considerable sympathy for those adversely affected by wind turbines and I do not doubt that we should compensate them for past suffering and do what can be done to alleviate future suffering. I also have some sympathy for those who dislike the appearance of the things. However, you should keep in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that some may find them beautiful. For myself, I consider that a single turbine by itself has a certain futuristic beauty, but a gaggle of them are a blot on the landscape.
However, I urge those opposed to wind turbines and other forms of renewable energy to look at the broader picture.
Since the advent of the industrial revolution, our civilisation has been almost totally dependent on fossil fuels. These have two disadvantages, both of which are becoming increasingly urgent, namely that supplies are inherently limited and that they are polluting. More recently, nuclear power, in the form of nuclear fission, has become available, but this suffers the same two disadvantages, together with the problems of radioactivity and of disposal of waste and, at the end of its useful life, the plant itself.
For as long as I can remember, and I am in my seventh decade, nuclear fusion, with potentially unlimited power, has been on the horizon, 10 or 20 years in the future; unfortunately, it still seems to be 10 or 20 years in the future. Given how long it has been worked on, with so little success, I think we have to discount fusion as a potential source of power for the foreseeable future.
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Demand for energy is likely to increase. Although considerable progress has been, and continues to be, made in reducing power consumption of various appliances, overall, energy requirements will rise.
The three main forms of fossil fuel – coal, oil and gas – are all becoming more and more difficult to find. Some day these fuels will all be gone. Whether that day comes soon or not so soon we cannot say, but either our children or our children's children will have to face it, even if we do not.
We all accept that wind turbines by themselves are not going to satisfy our need for energy. They are one part of an energy strategy that includes other forms of renewable energy, and, at least for some time, nuclear. We may not like the things but they are necessary and I urge you to accept them.