The debate over wind turbines

There are now four and a half thousand turbines in the British countryside and over the next few years there are likely be thousands more.

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There are now four and a half thousand turbines in the British countryside and over the next few years there are likely be thousands more. On Countryfile on Sunday Tom Heap learnt how these turbines are helping the UK to reach its renewable energy targets and heard from those who believe that the harnessing of wind power has been a great success. But Tom also discovered that there are still major reservations about the impact that turbines have on the landscape and the cost of using them. He also found that wind energy is being wasted because the National Grid cannot always cope with the power it supplies. 

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Did you watch the show? Many of you shared your thoughts with us on social media. 

Hedley Lamarr: Tom Heap failed to make clear almost all energy sources subsidised, and all get paid to switch off. Why focus on wind?

Cornish Buildings Gr: Far too many wind turbines tower above the historic environment, compromising the settings of historic assets.

Barbara: I understand the need for them but think they need to be more sympathetically placed.

Alan H: Build turbines near the customer. Place small turbines on every tall urban building. towns get wind too

Rugby FoE: There’s plenty of things that ruin the landscape. Who likes roads, motorways, nuclear power stations? #countryfile

Liz Devonport‎: No mention was made about the devastation of our wildlife [and their habitat] by these monstrous killing machines.

Labour Energy: Onshore wind helping us tackle climate change & creating an affordable, cleaner energy supply, @carolineflintmp tells @bbcone.

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