Wind turbines - does he have an answer?

Councillor Professor Emeritus Peter Gardiner wrote as an academic on May 24 to advocate many more industrial wind turbines.

But by June 7 he was in politician mode when responding testily to the three intervening detailed critiques, published on May 31.

The most damning assessment was from Dr John Etherington, author of ‘The Wind Farm Scam’.

He has outstanding, relevant qualifications. He was Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales, Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and co-editor of the International Journal of Ecology.

Etherington identified the central, fundamental flaw in Mr Gardiner’s argument precisely and simply.

In essence this goes: “Even if climate change is related to carbon levels, the proposed solution (massive, expensive wind farms) would not make any measurable difference to those levels.”

Yet Mr Gardiner could not muster the courtesy to respond to this central point put forward by an outstanding academic. Does he have an answer?

Reg Keeping