Thursday, 24 November 2011

Wind turbines ‘a waste of space’ says MEP

MEP Struan Stevenson will tell a conference tomorrow that wind farms are a “waste of space” that “desecrate the landscape and make people’s lives a misery”.

In a hard-hitting keynote address to the National Windfarm Conference in Ayr, Conservative MEP Mr Stevenson will attack the use of wind farms to generate power in Scotland.

He will describe the SNP’s veto on nuclear power as “sheer madness”, label the target of generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewables by 2020 as “ludicrous” and argue that rich landowners are raking in profits from wind farms at the expense of consumers.

Mr Stevenson, who is chairman of the climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development intergroup at the European Parliament, will describe a “renewable wind blitzkrieg invading our country with industrial structures of concrete and steel, all for a small, intermittent trickle of electricity at vast cost to the consumer and no benefit to the environment”.

Environmental groups and trade body Scottish Renewables rejected the views put forward in Mr Stevenson’s speech, seen ahead of the conference by The Scotsman.

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