We can’t rely on it

A letter in the Gazette (“Slaying the Array – with hyperbole”, Opinion, August 28) contained the novel notion that the need to green our economy will keep it competitive and bring electricity prices down in the long term. I cannot share the writer’s confidence in this enticing prospect, especially as the green subsidy is adding to the huge annual increase in fuel bills.

He has noted the growing concern in the country and here in North Devon that the Atlantic Array wind farm will transform our tourist vistas into an unattractive industrial seascape.

Increasing the reliance on wind power will also add to the risk of power interruption, and higher subsidies will lead to increasing production costs for industry and growing fuel poverty for domestic users.

Happily there is an abundance of gas from fracking available to mitigate the problems of unaffordable power.

Will these concerns and support for fracking be given a fair hearing?

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The utopian fundamentalists, who are entrenched in our public services and elsewhere, impose their creeds on the hapless public regardless of informed dissent.

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The green energy cult in the media would rather give disproportionate cover to the capering of the activists at Balcombe than field a reasoned and factual debate on the issues.

The actions of the green energy lobby will not “save the planet”. This country has limited impact or influence on climate change.

What they will ensure is that their hair-shirt policies will inexorably damage the competitiveness of this country’s industry and the relative wealth of its residents.

As the writer states in his letter, change is inevitable, but it could be the transforming effect of fracking which will give the country the relief it needs until new technologies, less medieval than wind power, bring further change to transform our lives.

This letter started with the threat to our sea views, and it is those views which do in fact admirably demonstrate the limitations of wind power. It will be seen that sailing is reserved solely for sport or leisure as wind is not dependable or cost-efficient enough for the business of seaborne transmission of goods and people.

It makes a graphic illustration that wind power is just not an economic or reliable option.

Tony Martin

South Molton

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