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    More onshore wind farms are the answer


    September 23, 2022 - Birmingham Mail

     

      JULIE Willets (Talkback, Sept 15) does to logical argument what Yuri Geller did/does to spoons. She bends it until it is no longer fit for purpose, just to show she can misshape rational things.

      She quotes the substantial amount of materials and costs of creating offshore wind farms without mentioning onshore wind and solar farms. 71% of the UK is rural and we should be producing far more renewable power facilities onshore.

      Onshore wind farms are half the construction costs of offshore and require far less maintenance. Farming can carry on around them.

      Julie suggests we would be better off burning more coal, but we would have to import it because we have accepted that working down mines is the equivalent of youngsters climbing up chimneys. That would mean being at the mercy of other countries over our energy supply.

      The first coal-fired energy plant built in the UK was in 1882, the first wind farm in 1991.

      Energy from solar and wind farms is advancing at an incredible rate and of course produces no carbon emissions. In 2019 (note 1991 to 2019 ) renewable generated energy outpaced fossil fuel energy for the first time.

      Wind power-produced energy increased by 715% between 2009 to 2020 and it is only the wealthy who are slowing down the growth of onshore wind energy.

      Julie asks why are we worried about polluting energy when we are only responsible for 1% of the world's greenhouse gases. We do this from 0.87% of the world's population.

      The answer really is for us to consume far less and waste far less and to accept that we all need to lead a more moderate lifestyle.

      Finally, Julie says China is building coal-fired power stations but they are in fact on course to be the biggest producer of wind-powered energy.

      Roger Watts, Walsall

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