In the UK, all species of bats are protected by law, and if I harm just one, I could face a prison sentence of up to six months.
However, an Exeter University survey of 29 wind farms found that 194 bats a month are killed by the turbines, and this is probably an under-assessment. Extrapolating that finding to all 6,954 of our onshore wind farms would indicate 80,000 bats are killed every year.
So where were the howls of protest from those who profess to love nature at this wholesale destruction of creatures which have lived on Earth for 30 million years?
On October 31, 2016, the total amount of power fed into the national grid by wind turbines was just 0.6 per cent of the electricity we were using: 70 per cent came from coal, 21 per cent from nuclear and 8 per cent from abroad.
Not only is the contribution of the wind turbines negligible, but when the blades don’t turn, they’re actually fed electricity from the National Grid to keep the blades warm.
The whole green energy policy is crackers and should be reviewed as a matter of urgency.
CERI JAYES, Kingsbridge, Devon.
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