Martin Edwards, director of Windelectric, owner of the Delabole windfarm, claims that anti-wind turbine campaigners are “barking up a gum tree” over the veracity of the technology and that much of the information posted is “misleading” (“Differing views in renewable energy debate”, April 18).
It is not misleading to quote the Government’s own figure for saving of the UK’s CO2 emission by renewable power generation, mainly wind. This is just 9.2 million tonnes a year by 2010 and is less than the emission from a single medium-sized coal fired power station. More to the point, it is less than 0.0004 of global total CO2 emission and stands no chance of altering atmospheric CO2 concentration, still less deflecting climate change.
This CO2-saving figure is quoted by the Department of Trade and Industry in its promotional article “Wind power: ten myths explained”. Bit of a shot in the foot, really!
Dr John Etherington
8 May 2007
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