Thursday, March 02, 2006

No Wind Farm for Cumbria

The BBC reports that the Government has sided with planning authorities in deciding not to go ahead with a major wind farm project near the Lake District in northern England.

Wind farms are very divisive when you analyze who is for and against them. Personally I don't have a problem with them as long as they are not located in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Although this project would have been located near the Lake District (and not in it per se) the countryside between Kendal and Shap is nonetheless outstanding and is visible to the thousands of travelers who use the M6 motorway.

I am interested in this project because it covers the area where I did my PhD geological fieldwork in the late 1960s. Then they were building the M6 and there were not many people against the idea of carving a huge ribbon of concrete across the moorland. The motorway construction did, incidentally, obliterate one of my main areas of investigation near Shap. Today the opposition to almost any form of change can be vocal or even obdurate (one naturalist had threatened to chain himself to a pylon if construction went ahead!)

And not surprisingly, the BBC throws in "Global Warming" as a paragraph heading, just to make sure we are all paying attention!


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