Have any of the “experts” ever considered what is involved in positioning a wind farm on the top of a hill?
I ask this because as I understand it, a structure of this type requires a very substantial and firm footing. In order to provide this I envisage substantial excavation and the supply of many tons of concrete and all of this delivered across open land which, in turn, will also require a roadway to be built also requiring excavation and footings to carry the weight of the lorries involved. Both of these will require considerable use of various petroleum products adding to the “carbon footprint”.
Let us also look at the manufacture of the wind turbines made mainly of steel. In order to provide the steel, iron ore has to be mined then processed in high temperature furnaces in order to get the end result and that is even before any part of the structure has started to be manufactured adding further to the “carbon footprint”.
In other words, to provide a product that may provide electricity, a considerable environmentally unfriendly process has to be carried out. The question is why use the undependable wind power when we are living next to the Bristol Channel which has one of the highest tides in the world?
8 November 2007
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