Watch anything spinning around for long enough and you're sure to go nuts and/or become mesmerized into submission. Evidently this is what has happened with a large section of society who have bought into the nonsense spewed out by pro-wind supporters.
As I've asserted on many occasions, wind power is farcical but worse has caused untold, irreversible damage to the environment. Not bad for something peddled as 'green' is it?
But one of the questions I've been asked several times since 'coming out' as an anti-wind farm lobbyist has been "okay smartarse, what would be your answer to the energy crisis?". Until now I haven't been able to confidently come up with a response but now I'm going to say it.... I'm pro-nuclear.
I have to tell you that saying this out loud is usually met with gasps of disbelief. The propaganda put out by anti nuclear campaigners has resulted in a public reaction of horror whenever the 'nuclear' word is mentioned. And it's not without reason, one only has to think of Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi to realise that nuclear accidents may be rare but they are devastating when they happen. If anything positive has come out of these events, it is that lessons have, we hope, been learnt from them and that today's nuclear power plants are much much safer places. Nuclear as it stands is not totally sustainable. Mining uranium and storing or processing nuclear waste are huge issues that have yet to be successfully tackled.
But my pro-nuclear argument is two-fold. Firstly the footprint of a nuclear power plant is tiny compared with the vast swathes of countryside and coast that are taken up with inefficient wind farms and secondly that nuclear energy is extremely efficient in that a nuclear power station generally produces energy for 90% of the time it is operating, with no, that is zero, emission of greenhouse gases.
I am extremely disappointed that all the money poured into subsidising wind power (and ultimately producing a ridiculously incompetent energy source) could have been spent investing in new nuclear technology and research that is sure to produce results. Thorium as a fuel in place of uranium, together with molten salt based reactors, are considered by many to be viable, safer, economical alternatives to the current methods of nuclear power production and, although some countries are actively working on research into these alternatives, I question why the UK and many other advanced countries have taken the wacky wind power route, which will inevitably lead us down a dead end street with no turning back from the hideous physical and mental scars the turbines are leaving across our once beautiful countryside and communities.
I do not in any way claim to be scholarly in this subject, my loathing of wind farms has just led me to consider the alternatives and still, for me, the best we have at the moment is nuclear. If we can invest heavily in nuclear research, I think we can safely assume, based on historical human innovation, that we will come up with a safer, more efficient and renewable method of producing energy from nuclear reaction.
And in spite of the 'green' anti-nuclear, pro-wind message that is predominant, it is worth remembering that some high profile former supporters of the green movement have since rejected the unachievable and ignorant ideals of the greens. They include the former president of Greenpeace Canada, Patrick Moore who has been quoted as saying that the movement has "abandoned science and logic in favour of emotion and sensationalism”. This rings very true with me. And renowned environmentalist and scientist James Lovelock has also voiced his support for nuclear energy even though he describes himself as a 'green'. He has suggested that the green movement is rife with corruption.
And thereby hangs another potential concern. Corruption. Because it seems today that corruption, money making tactics and deceptions are muddying the water when it comes to research. While big business, and it has to be said politics, are so influential in the field, I worry that genuine concern for the environment and indeed the future of mankind is being put at risk in the wake of those making a quick buck with propaganda disguised as 'green' ethics.
One thing is certain, those selling us the green dream neither have the planet's welfare at heart – nor any ethics.... and if we decide to rely on their distorted vision for our future and the future of the planet then perhaps we can only blame ourselves when the wind farms grind to a halt and we find ourselves at the end of the last road, signposted oblivion.
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