Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Turbines versus oil wells on the Wolds

Shan Oakes, Beverley, writes,

I 've been asked by BBC Radio Humberside to discuss the issue of wind turbines – again  (we Greens get a little bit annoyed whenwe are asked only about environmental issues when we have the full range of economic and social policies). 

Anyway, to get to the point - EastYorks Council (ERYC) is wanting to make the Wolds an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in order to stop wind farm applications there. I find this incredible. Not that I don’t think the Wolds are beautiful because I do. It’s the fact that ERYC doesn’t want wind turbines, but they don’t mind oil drilling!  They have agreed to let a Canadian oil firm start exploratory drilling near Walkington!

It’s ironic because wind turbines harness free clean energy, and polls tell us that most people approve of them and  like how they look, whereas oil is a fossil fuel (carbon laid down millions of years ago) which produces CO2 when burned, which  is responsible for climate change - which is killing 150,000 people a year (World Health Organisation). How crazy is that?  Or don’t they/we mind because the people dying are a long way away?

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