Grantham Journal letter: Is financial gain behind these plans?

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The Government’s new rules will give local people the power to stop wind turbines being built in their community.

The same Government, almost paradoxically, is offering significant discounts on energy bills for those who do have wind turbines in their locality; such discounts will, of course, be paid for by increases on everyone else’s bills. ‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul’ would seem to be an appropriate metaphor.

We also read that agricultural land near Skillington and Allington could become solar farms, generating substantial cash for the landowners and developers – again paid for by the rest of us in our energy bills.

If wind and solar systems are so efficient, why on earth are such massive subsidies needed to persuade investors to install them? And can the self-styled “green” and “eco-friendly” zealots guarantee that the enormous energy used in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines and solar panels will ever be recouped? Our British weather regularly reminds us that the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Yet, UK politicians are inflicting the most unreliable, inefficent and costly energy options upon us, while we have to import nuclear electricity from France, gas from Eastern Europe and buy turbines and solar panels from foreign manufacturers. Since there is no scientific or economic logic behind this, could there possibly be a financial motive for a few privileged politicians and industrialists?

Brian Bruce

Bourne Road, Colsterworth