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Forests are now at risk  

Most people know by now that the UK’s share of emissions is just two per cent globally and Wales is responsible for one 10th of that.

If the 2010 target of reducing CO? emissions was achievable, which the UK government now admits is impossible, it would have been responsible for saving a ridiculously paltry 0.0003 or four 10 thousandths of all world emissions. And the reason for this failure is plain to see – the wrong technology, that of wind power, has been used.

It just cannot deliver any significant saving on emissions, not without plastering the whole country with massive turbines – a 400ft turbine is 20 times the height of a 20ft lamp-post.

To reach just the 2010 target, another 6,500 turbines would have to be built which is ludicrous.

Now, to add insult to injury, we have been told that wind turbines save only half the CO? emissions that has been quoted to us over all these years. So now we have even more good reason to object to them.

Knowing this simple fact, that wind power stands no chance of altering atmospheric CO? concentration, how can our politicians justify industrialising our precious uplands and mountains and now even our forests (50 to 70 turbines planned for the Brechfa Forest) with massive structures that are alien to any natural form and which destroy our environment?

The saving of emissions, we are told, is the main reason for having these turbines in the first place. We look forward to any responses from those Welsh politicians who seem obsessed with the pursuit of this near-useless technology.

Ceinwen Rees

Fairoak, Ammanford

South Wales Evening Post

12 December 2007

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