I think North Devon is witnessing the emergence of a more radical anti-green movement who are now prepared to resort to verbal abuse and bullying to get their way.
The level of anger, as reported against Church of England representatives because the diocese wants to put up six small turbines, is shocking.
They were “subjected to hostility and in some cases, outright verbal abuse” to quote the bishop, who came across as a gentle, loving and considerate man on the news.
He also stated that some people from the diocese trying to explain their proposals had been shouted down and called liars.
This level of behaviour at public meetings, and from many protesters outside the area according to BBC Southwest, is deplorable.
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Many concerned residents I am sure behaved with dignity and fairness, but there seems to be a minority suffering from windmill rage.
Wind turbines are generally considered a good idea, but this new vocal minority is now trying to dictate the development of this region because they don’t like the look of them and will shout down any argument in favour of them.
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This almost irrational hatred of wind turbines is like the delusion of Don Quixote – attacking windmills believing them to be evil giants, instead of part of the landscape of the time.
Will our farmers and other hard-pressed businesses now fear to put up wind generators that will make their businesses more economically viable because of fear of attack by these modern-day Don Quixotes?
Being anti-wind power is promoted by UKIP, according to Michael Pagram, who claims it is “common sense”.
But how blocking the implementation of much-needed renewable energy in our growing crisis of climate change is sensible, I don’t know – unless you are a climate change denier – which is why all other political parties support wind power.
I find this rise in intolerance and undemocratic bully-boy tactics by the far-right anti-greens worrying.