THE current debate about wind turbines is confusing, and in the end you have to rely on common sense.
The economic argument can be equally compelling for or against.
The practical disadvantages, such as low volume noise, danger to birds, the visual effect on the landscape, and the vagaries of the wind, have to be balanced against the advantages of no pollution, once they are up and running, their graceful appearance compared to other eyesores such as electric pylons and the fact that the wind is permanently free, if intermittent.
Common sense tells me turbines should be capable of refurbishment after their 20 year estimated lifespan, and even if not, they can easily be removed and the land reinstated, unlike atomic power, which can also be the subject of enemy attack. Common sense tells me that wildlife would soon adapt and find new habitats.
Common sense tells me that technology will soon find a way of storing electric power that could then be used when the wind does not blow.
Common sense tells me the Germans are not often wrong on matters of manufacture and production and they have gone for wind turbines, big time.
Common sense tells me turbines should be part of a mix of power for the UK.
Is there a place for common sense in UK politics?