IN YEARS to come people will wonder how they were so easily mugged by the Green lobbyists who sold the idea of wind energy.
Most if not all of us would like to have a none polluting form of energy that was priced right.
Wind was never ever going to be the energy producer to feed our domestic and industrial needs. It cannot produce enough energy to do that and at the same time it is also expensive.
Wind energy producing turbines have split the people. Those that love them in general do not have to live with them or own one or several of them.
Those of us who do live along side of them can see the other side to these horrific monsters. They pollute the countryside with their being.
Their noise is soul destroying when on a balmy evening away from the hustle and bustle of life you take to your garden for a quite moment. Only to have that dream shattered by the monster grinding its teeth as it turns.
I wake every morning in the hope that the monster which lurks behind my home has taken a turn for the worse.
As yet that has not happened. I do however live in hope.
If the feed-in tariffs which are paid to the owners dried up then you would see a change of attitude.
Money is the driving force behind this, never forget that. Farmers and the like have not suddenly turned into world conservationists.
Wind turbines are becoming so unpopular that those firms which wreak havoc on our countryside and local villages are turning to ‘bribery’ in order to feed their desire for money.
This ‘bribery’ comes in the form of inducements to allow the contractor to erect turbines close by them.
These are desperation tactics as people wise up to the enormity of this sad business and the impact that it has had on their lives and the countryside as a whole.
The people who erect and the people who support wind turbines are not interested in our quality of life. Their interest is in either money or an ideal.
Our Government has at last woken up to the fact that wind power is not the way forwards. The main issue for many is that this awakening comes a little too late. One question I have asked and as yet I await a reply from anyone.
When new homes are built why are they not built with energy recovery systems, small scale solar panels, ground source heat pumps or any other array of energy saving devices that are on the market? Why is everything an eyesore bodge up afterwards?
R J Bray
WE CAN only marvel at the wisdom of our political masters.
Last week, by 396 votes to 8 the Energy Bill was passed which states that electricity consumption will fall by 27% by 2020 and by 40% by 2030.
Why not use this infallible method to deal with other problems – obesity – food consumption to decrease by 27%. The NHS – attendance at A & E departments to fall by 27%.
Alternatively it may mean that it will be the total amount of electricity available on a sunny day with the right kind of wind.
So we can sit in our dark unheated homes and think of all the jobs that have moved to countries where there is reliable and much cheaper electricity from coal and nuclear power stations.
As old people sit dying of hypothermia they will have the great consolation of knowing they have helped the Watermelons to save the planet ? (Watermelon - green on the outside red on the inside)
Lost its way?
WHAT did I expect from a council, Time to Talk meeting? It was far worse than my expectations.
How does anyone in their right mind imagine that a 40% cut in the budget can be remedied by volunteers.
Voluntary work is admirable and to be encouraged but there is no way that it can make up for a loss of 1000 public sector jobs and relevant services.
This is the talk of a council that has lost its way.
It was not based on reality. Hundreds of families depend on basic services. We are not living in some mythical age where families and communities can make up the shortfall.
The reality is that central government are trying to make us pay for a crisis not of our making. At the same time, the 1% are getting richer at our expense.
The responsible strategy is for our council to demand more money from central government.
Accepting a 40% cut in the budget is a dereliction of duty. They should instead make a stand and call on us all for support.
It wouldn’t be the first time in history that this kind of pressure was brought to bear on a government to ensure justice.
I AM confused by R Hanson's letter, Support for officer, in the Examiner (June 7).
On the one hand he starts his letter criticising the Examiner for its coverage of the funding of a Barnsley MBC officer, yet at the end he wants the paper to “set about changing public opinion on this one".
Does he want the paper to be impartial or not?
The quick vote saw 88.3% say Kirklees should not fund the officer. If anything the paper reflects public opinion.
While £3,500 is not a lot of money where the council’s budget is concerned, every penny adds up.
Surely this council should be using its money to employ a Huddersfield person to do work in Huddersfield rather than someone in Barnsley to do unspecified work elsewhere.
There seems to be an effort in the Examiner to source the opinion of all political leaders in the borough, not just one or two.
I would like to hear more about the Independent and Greens party, if I am to critique at all.
A VISITOR from Paris gave me the image I had been seeking regarding the new Kirklees College building.
“It looks like a cruise liner, run aground on Outcote Bank” she said.
ON Tuesday morning I noticed several workmen and a JCB near my house on Station Approach in Honley.
They were dropping the kerb edges to make easy access from Station Road to the station for wheelchair users / disabled travellers. They laid a Tarmac strip across the cobbled road immediately outside the station and a ramp to the pavement outside the station entrance.
Very commendable - but what they failed to take into account were the 28 steps that need to be negotiated to access the actual platform.