Since opening the 'can of worms' that is merely having an opinion on wind farms, two things have become especially clear... firstly that the subject has become very politicised and secondly that a label of climate change scepticism has been attached to this contentious topic.
If a political party has a manifesto that opposes the development of renewable energy then I fully respect their entitlement to argue the case publicly but it is important to note that not everyone who shares their scepticism with regard to wind energy will necessarily agree with their political ideology in other areas.
I have become aware that UKIP have a very visible presence in the anti turbine movement and many of their people have come forward to defend my viewpoint - but I feel obliged to point out that I personally am not in any way affiliated with UKIP (or any other political party for that matter) and wouldn't wish to be associated with many of the philosophies of UKIP - or, come to think of it, any one of the other political parties.
Indeed, I have little faith in any of them to effectively change the world for the better, though I know that unfortunately we must use politics as the catalyst for change.
I have decided to make this point clearly now only because some people have made the assumption that, because I oppose wind farms, I might also support UKIP, which I don't.
I think it takes all kinds of different people to win battles and this fight is no exception.
The damage caused by turbines affects us all. More importantly it affects the natural world around us, a world in which there is no politics, no agenda and no propaganda.
With regard to the second point, climate change - I don't know nearly enough about the subject to have an informed educated opinion on how and where 'renewable' energy fits into the picture. I am sceptical about many things most of the time so I will choose on this occasion to continue my opposition to the turbines based more on my intuition and less on any theory. This approach has generally served me well for fifty years!
For me, well I just know that instinctively I despise the turbines and what they have done and are doing to our countryside, while bringing precious little benefit to anyone except the companies involved in their promotion.
So, all that said, I will continue to oppose wind farm development, both those on land and those offshore, and I do so without any political agenda or association with any individual theory.
In my next post, I want to examine the impact (literally) on bird life, especially from the banks of turbines out at sea and I invite readers' experiences in this area in particular.
And thanks to all those good people (of all genres) who are joining together to oppose something we see as wrong. It takes a diverse group of people to win any battle.
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