OPINION: Power politics require diversity

The Government's plans to continue building large numbers of wind farms across Britain to meet a commitment that ten per cent of UK power will come from renewable sources by the year 2010 has been welcomed by Friends Of The Earth among others. However, they have provoked hostility among many rural communities and countryside protection groups. Chief among their concerns is that what has become known as "turbinisation" - the building of giant wind turbines the size of Big Ben in upland regions - will have a damaging effect on tourism and blight the landscape.

by Sukhvinder Stubbs, chair of Young Enterprise (West Midlands) Email: sukhvinder.stubbs@haynet.com

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