"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Friday, December 10, 2010


Uglyvery unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
In this case big is not beautiful and ugly is a  good word to describe the latest monster offerings from the wind energy chamber of visual horrors to blight the tranquil English countryside if current plans go ahead.

A new generation of giant wind turbines being planned for Britain

The biggest of the proposed new turbines are almost three times taller than Nelson's Column and two-thirds the height of Canary Wharf Tower.
According to official industry documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph, two companies plan to build wind farms each with turbines about 493ft (150 metres) tall in Norfolk and in Lincolnshire – about 80 feet higher than anything currently in existence.
Campaigners, however, fear the new generation of wind farms are far too big and will blight the British landscape.
They argue that the turbines are only economically viable because of consumer subsidies made available by the last Government to encourage renewable energy projects.
In Stallingborough in Lincolnshire, a German entrepreneur has lodged a planning application for two turbines which will be 493ft (150 metres) tall.
Laars Vilmar denied his wind farms would be an eyesore and insisted there had been no local opposition to his plans.
I guess Laars is not going to live next to one otherwise he would not  make that statement.
A planning application for the new wind farm on the outskirts of Reading and close to the M4 has been lodged by Partnerships for Renewables (PFR), a company created by the taxpayer-funded Carbon Trust, to develop sources of renewable energy on public sector land.
But according to one energy think tank, the four turbines at Rushy Mead farm will receive almost £20 million in green subsidies over their 25-year lifespan despite estimates they will generate electricity for fewer than 3,500 households each year.
The subsidy is paid for by increasing all consumers' electricity bills.
The spokeswoman added: "Those seeking to block wind farm developments on the grounds of aesthetics are actually preventing the flow of thousands of pounds of investment into their local communities."

She left off the bit about how much more than that is leaving the community in greatly increased energy charges mostly funded by those in the community least able to afford it - families ,pensioners and all those who don't have a block of land to site one of these monster birdmincers. These subsidies only benefit a few landowners and everyone else pays!