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The Journal editorial  

Credit:  The Journal, http://www.journallive.co.uk, 9 June 2012 ~~

What a welcome legal victory for anti-wind turbine campaigner Andrew Joicey, who has provided Northumberland County Council with the perfect opportunity to undertake a fundamental review of how it deals with future planning applications. Let’s hope they take it. This region already has more than its fair share of onshore turbines.

They are one of the most inefficient sources of alternative energy, but also the most lucrative for the companies who erect them, thanks largely to the incentives on offer from a target-driven central government.

The previous Labour administration appeared blind to the economic argument that was staring it in the face.

We now have a Chancellor who is making noises about slashing the disproportionate subsidies on offer.

If and when that happens this newspaper will give due respect.

Opposing onshore wind farms does not mean you are a Nimby or environmentally unfriendly. Andrew Joicey, and others like him, deserve our respect –- and our thanks.

This world’s natural resources are being used up so quickly. It is not easy, therefore, to stand up and protest when others are, apparently, doing something positive about it.

But the words ‘misplaced’, ‘misguided’ and ‘too many’ are not out of place when it comes to turbines in Northumberland.

As we hope their councillors will recognise.

Source:  The Journal, http://www.journallive.co.uk, 9 June 2012

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