In my opinion: We should dance in the streets and welcome renewables
Regarding your rather negative lead article in Saturday's WMN, I feel compelled to respond.
Why are we not welcoming all types of renewable energy with open arms and dancing in the streets?
This is energy which is free – be it from wind, wave or solar panels. It does not contribute to global warming, or leave a nasty legacy for our children and grandchildren like fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
Here in my humble opinion is the rub: The nuclear industry and the oil and gas industries together have massive lobbying power.
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It is amazing how many people who are elected to represent our best interests are more than willing to jump on to a soap box and shout to the world how bad are wind farms are or what a blight on the countryside are fields of solar panels. And yet, when do we hear them shouting about the dangers from nuclear power or coal and gas fired power stations?
To my mind, if all of the windmills and solar farms put together did away with just one nuclear power station it would be wonderful.
How many people can say that no one in their family has had cancer or leukaemia? My guess would be none! It is endemic right across the UK.
Yet we know that radiation causes cancer and leukaemia and we are in the unenviable position of having thousands of tons of radioactive nuclear waste from power stations, from nuclear submarines, and even from hospitals and industry that we do not know how to dispose of!
The proposed final solution to this nuclear blight is a proposed underground deep repository – or basically a hole in the ground into which we can throw it.
If, and only if, we can find a local authority stupid enough to accept it in return for a few jobs.
Cumbria has recently thrown the whole process into chaos by saying 'No Thank You' to the plans to bury the stuff in their back yard. I can't say I blame them.
Please don't listen to the loud voices from the pro nuclear lobby, instead use your common sense.
Renewables must be good, just as nuclear and fossil must be a bad – but sometimes a necessary evil.
Wind and wave power is in its infancy don't let the knockers kill it off!
And just think, it could be much worse for the poor people in the countryside who have to look at a windmill – they could be living (like me) in Plymouth, in the "toxic triangle". Blighted on three sides – we have a nuclear dockyard discharging radioactive waste into the River Tamar and into the very air that we breathe.
We have the local sewage works that creates dreadful sickening smells which blight houses and gardens in the area.
Then just to put icing on the cake we are to have a new incinerator which will burn thousands of tons of rubbish collected from across Devon.
I would love to swap the toxic triangle for a wind farm – so think on people.