Anti-turbine lobby strikes again

The anti-turbine lobby is at it again.

They ask you to read Christopher Booker (an economics pundit, not an expert in turbines).

Booker says Brighton’s sea view will be spoiled by the Rampion Wind Farm. His article shows a close-up of a wind farm, even though Rampion’s nearest turbine is 13km offshore. That’s further than the distance from Lewes High Street to Brighton Pier, so take your binoculars to Brighton if you want a Booker-style close-up of Rampion - or hire a boat.

And for a more factual statement about turbine subsidy than Booker, go to

Anti-turbine lobbists conveniently forget UK faces an energy shortfall, and that carbon emissions are changing our climate.

This month’s Cryosat global data shows massive depletion in both Arctic and Antarctic ice volumes, despite the spread of thin Antarctic sea ice. Expected sea level is being revised upwards as global warming begins to bite. While governments everywhere are building renewables as part of their energy mix, windy old Britain is supposed to forgo turbine power. As Scotland’s Independence debate shows, North Sea oil reserves are less than expected. Russian gas is unreliable. Nuclear power can’t fill the energy shortfall despite UKIP’s irresponsible statements. Renewables, including turbines, are vital.

Let’s summarise recent flaws in the anti-turbine position, as stated in the Sussex Express. Turbines don’t cause all sorts of illnesses. They don’t kill thousands of birds. The Glyndebourne turbine exceeds predicted generation, runs almost all the time, and meets Glyndebourne’s energy use. Turbine magnets don’t kill thousands of people in China.

Finally, Rampion’s offshore turbines won’t loom over Brighton’s beaches, but are good for much-needed local jobs in Newhaven and for national wellbeing.

Professor Peter Gardiner Ringmer