Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This is a painting my father did in the 1960's, of the view just outside our house (and his laboratory). The hill is Marleycombe Down, the village Bowerchalke, I am the girl, and the man in the tractor is Bob Deverill, who lived down in one of the cottages at Knowle Farm. We used to take atmospheric turbidity measurements a few yards from this spot (old fashioned science!)
He talks about England as it used to be, and renewables (a mixture of ideology and business) in these clips from the Today Programme:
Monday, March 29, 2010
The excitement of science is about discovery, not about looking to confirm an expected view, and that is one of the strongest messages that I picked up from my father from my earliest childhood.
Posted by Christine Lovelock
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Listen again here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rdxm5/Costing_the_Earth_Turbines_in_the_Back_Garden/
"It's one long commercial for the joys of "renewables", an ode to the importance of us all buckling down and accepting these bird-chopping, landscape-defacing monstrosities. Notice that the one thing missing from the article is the "s" word, the elephant in the room: subsidy."
To read the rest, go to:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The two main parties both advocate nuclear and wind, and the third seems to be pro-wind and anti-nuclear. They have all swallowed the wind spin, and want to spend, spend, spend (despite the fact that we are badly in debt) in order to meet the pointless EU targets that Tony Blair signed Britain up to before he left office.
On this issue, the only party that is worth voting for is UKIP, and yet to do so risks giving the Election to Labour, the party that signed us up to these European targets, and gave our freedom away by refusing to give us a Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
EUReferendum have some other good postings on wind and nuclear as well...
includes mention of the RSPB, who support many wind farm applications (but how can you believe that they are unbiased after reading Christopher Booker's article in which he points out that that "The RSPB receives £10 from the wind-farm builder Scottish & Southern Energy for every customer signing up for electricity under its “RSPB Energy” scheme. "
about small nuclear reactors, suitable for towns, exceptionally safe, and able to deal with peak load requirements as well as base load.
Monday, March 22, 2010
"To get a gigawatt capacity of electricity takes 250 square miles of wind farm. Holy smokes! And the wind farm is not on all the time so you're buying French nuclear energy or burning a hell of a lot of natural gas to make up the gap."
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thanks to a campaigner from Scotland for sending us the link to the article in The Sunday Times from which the above quote was taken:
The article also links to this one:
They confirm what we have been saying all along.
Whether it is Oswaldtwistle Moor, Fullabrook Down, Nant y Moch, the Isle of Lewis, the Kansas Flint Hills, or the Bald Hills Wetland Reserve in Australia, our precious landscapes are being destroyed so that politicians can look as if they are doing something and developers can get rich. Any "Green" who supports this scam should think again. Stop the subsidies, say no to EU and other meaningless targets, and save our landscapes!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This might be a little tongue in cheek but it was amusing to read in the Telegraph that not only only was racehorse Kauto Star recognised (in a recent survey) by more people than Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, but in the recognition stakes, his arch rival Denman polled ahead of Ed Miliband...Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - who said people who protest against wind turbines should be deemed "socially unacceptable" - are both big fans of wind power. Horses on the other hand nearly always have the sense to see at once that wind turbines are indeed monstrous intrusions on our landscapes.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
As he says in the article, "The RSPB receives £10 from the wind-farm builder Scottish & Southern Energy for every customer signing up for electricity under its “RSPB Energy” scheme."
Read more here
Monday, March 15, 2010
Charles Clover in an article on the Sunday Times online writes as follows (the quote below is from his article):
"How should we be spending our money to prevent possible disaster? In Britain, says Lovelock, we need sea walls and more nuclear power. Heretical stuff, when you consider the vast amount that Europe plans to spend on wind turbines.
This photo was taken on Saturday from Burland Lane on the Fullabrook Down hills. You can see that some work on the wind farm has started, and the lines of raised earth and posts mark a turbine position. Dartmoor was visible in the distance (unfortunately not as visible in the photograph which was taken facing into the sun).
It was a most beautiful day, and - with the contractors gone for the moment - the hills were peaceful and silent, save for the sound of birdsong, and the bleating of lambs and ewes in the distance. I took a bus out to Milltown and then walked for several hours along the small roads that link hamlets such as Patsford and Whitehall. There was so little traffic that until I came back to the outskirts of Barnstaple I was passed by no more than two cars. This is indeed one of the quietest areas of North Devon, and its rare tranquility should have been treasured, not marked down for destruction.
You can see photographs from more walks around the area here.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
There is a lot to like about Denmark, but its environmental record is not the way it has been spun by the wind industry.
Read this Copenhagen Post article to learn more
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Christopher Booker spells it out clearly in The Sunday Telegraph.
A must-read article!
And by the way, he focuses on the two main parties, but from a truly environmental point of view, the Liberal Democrats would probably be the worst option of all, being the most pro-European, anti nuclear party of the three.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Photograph by artist Catherine Kaufman
The proposal to put a windfarm on this beautiful Lancashire moor will be voted on at a special meeting open to all Hyndburn councillors at Accrington Town Hall on March 2. Read more about this on the www.accringtonobserver.co.uk website.
You can also get more information on the campaign website, www.stoposwaldtwistlewindfarm.co.uk