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  • Monday, February 28, 2005

    On Windfarms

    I thought, following one of the commenters posts here, at "A Logical Voice", that I would look into the windfarm subject. Firstly, I took a look at this site to see what the public reaction has been like to windfarms. According to the figures contained in this survey, 51% of those questioned felt that windfarms had neither a positive or negative effect. For those who aren't too sure about the effects of windfarms, there is an assessment here on "THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF OFFSHORE WINDFARMS IN TOURISTIC AREAS (WINDTOUR)". This is however, another survey, it appears from the analysis of the data, that those who were aware of environmental concerns were more in favour of the windfarms than those who were less aware. There are also guidelines issued by governments relating to the environmental considerations of windfarms. This link takes you to the Crown Estate's page dealing with the subject. The page states:

    As with any new marine industry there are many concerns about the potential environmental impact. For example relatively little is known about bird populations and bird movements even in coastal waters around the UK. A significant proportion of proposed windfarm sites are located on shallow sandbank areas which are recognised as important features and habitats for a wide range of species. Through the round one procedure The Crown Estate established a trust fund administered by a steering group drawn from the offshore wind industry and conservation agencies.
    So it does appear as though, in this case, the government is attempting to take environmental concerns on board, in its plans to generate more energy from renewable sources. Whether or not Blair & Co are doing enough on the issue, I haven't found any significant scientific analysis to show that they either are or are not taking environmental concerns seriously enough. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

    3 Comments:

    At 2/28/2005 03:20:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Windmill farms are also extremely ugly.

     
    At 2/28/2005 04:01:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    To some. For me, coal-fired generating stations and nuclear plants are extremely ugly and windfarms are rather elegant.

     
    At 2/28/2005 05:43:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Given the energy alternatives, i'd much rather live close to a wind farm than to another type of energy producing place.

     

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