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Turbines 'morally indefensible'  

May I congratulate North Devon District Council Leader Cllr Mike Harrison for representing the views of the overwhelming majority of the residents of North Devon in challenging the decision to site 22 giant wind turbines at Fullerbrook Down.

Congratulations also to Tim Hale, Devon chairman of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England who is quoted in the press as saying: “We don’t want to see any wind turbines in Devon”.

Last but by no means least: well done to all those hundreds of community groups across Great Britain who are taking on greedy power companies in an effort to save our countryside and wildlife.

The only political party in North Devon supporting turbines is the Green Party. I like and absolutely respect Ricky Knight – it takes courage to stick one’s head above the parapet on any issue, but particularly when that view is so detested by the majority. Clearly, from his latest press statement, the Green Party does not believe in democracy. I was astonished by his logic – ie that he was outraged by NDDC for wasting taxpayers’ money in challenging this decision which he feels cannot be successful and will lead only to postponement!

Has he forgotten so soon that it was his own member of NDGP who actually held up the building of the Downstream Bridge costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds on an issue that had no hope of success?

It’s called “democracy” Ricky and must be applied across the board, not just when it fits in with Green Party Policy. It’s what puts the ‘Great’ into Great Britain… despite the EU trying to take away such ‘freedoms’.

I am surprised that the front page of The Times (“Wind Farms A Threat To National Security“) has not curtailed the Green Party’s almost religious zeal for these bird killing monstrosities.

I have no doubt that the turbine activists will now totally dismiss even the MoD who claim that turbines interfere with radar operations and threaten the security of this country; and who will object to offshore wind farms and many onshore turbines in the line of sight of its stations on the east coast “because turbines make it impossible to spot aircraft”!

Many of us (who Ricky accuses in his press statement as “Nimby groups”) like Environmentalists Against Turbines are absolutely delighted to have the support of the much respected MoD. The Green Party must try and realise that wiping out one species merely to prolong the totally unacceptable anti-global activities of another is morally indefensible; against all Christian teachings; flies in the face of their main policy of “ethical consumerism” – and simply will not be tolerated by the people of North Devon.

Joanne Bell,

”Environmentalists Against Turbines”,



19 March 2008

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