Sir - Re letter by Nigel Baker (19 July 2011) entitled 'Windynimybism'.
No, Mr Baker, I do not know what it's like to have had a Lee
stuck in my face or to be starved on a rubber plantation? But I can honestly state that my whole life has been an experience of colonialism, imperialism and rape of my nation, can you state likewise? Enfield
I am the daughter of a quarry worker and the granddaughter of a coal miner. Many of my friends are also from slate or coal mining backgrounds and our families have suffered over three centuries of English ‘slate masters’ as well as native Anglo-Cambro coal capitalists. Both my grandfather and my father died in their early fifties, one of silicosis, the other of emphysema. They worked hard in dangerous conditions for poverty wages and there was no ‘compensation’ for their families when they died; so I think I have more experience of the “reality of these things” than a 'Green fascist' blowing enough hot air that can only add to Global Warming not help decrease it?
If you seriously care about the effects of the CO² that is being put into the atmosphere, then you should consider the enormous C02 emissions that is being generated as a result of the constructing of these turbines through the mining and the smelting of the metals used for their construction, through the carbon-intensive cement needed for their huge concrete foundations, and through the building and widening of roads needed to take them on site - not to mention the releasing of immense quantities of CO2 from the peat bogs where many Wind farms are built. Yet, the English government intends to spend £100billion on the construction of 10,000 or more of these turbines in the next few years plus another £40billion on connecting them all to the national grid to ensure that we hit the 15% renewable target by 2020.
60% of Cymru is within the TAN 8 area and we know that there are planning applications for the construction of Wind farms put forward in areas than are not within the TAN 8 designated area so one can immediately envisage what Cymru will look like in a few years time if this ‘lunacy’ is allowed to continue.
Every community in Cymru has got more than enough in natural resources to provide the needed ‘green’ energy for its community, and If you would like to contact me Mr Baker, I can show you proof of how an individual in my home town of Blaenau Ffestiniog has been doing just that for the last thirty five years but no, our ‘London masters’ have dictated that our nation must be ripped apart, again, and every acre filled by gigantic turbines and their pylon infrastructures to provide electricity for the U.K.’s hungry national grid, and as has been the case with our water, they’ll take it and make the Welsh Gwerin pay for the development of it through hidden costs in their electricity bills just as we’ve had to pay the highest water rates in the U.K. for decades for our own water!
And if you seriously care about the effects of war Mr Baker, please wake up to the realisation that global corporate international capitalism really does needs a plentiful supply of ‘cheap’ energy to power its armaments industry. Yes Mr Baker, I’m referring to that armament industry that is currently supplying the bombs that is being dropped on three Islamic nations and that will continue to supply arms and planes to tyrants all over the
Third World to enable them to further wars so they may continue to exploit native peoples of their natural resources.
Your response to my letter Mr Baker is just the sort of hysteria we expect to witness from such arrogant 'green fascism' as increasingly, the fallacy in regards to the effectiveness of wind farms is challenged and exposed world wide. Westminster is well aware of this fallacy which is why they are currently considering the advice of Centrica and other energy companies that 17 gas -fired power stations, at a cost of a further £10billion to the tax payer, will be needed by 2020 to provide electricity to back up wind power when the turbines don’t produce or when they over produce and have to be turned off!.
I am not a ‘nimby’ Mr Baker; I do not regard Cymru as my back yard but rather as a beautiful garden that I must assist to protect from the swine that will devour it so that it will survive as a legacy to hand down to future generations. And, for the record, I do oppose ‘open Cast mining’ and have supported Native Americans in their campaigns against ‘strip mining’. I support the campaign against badger culls and most certainly oppose factory farming and all forms of cruelty to animals and peoples where ever they occur.
C.E.O. Embassy Glyndŵr.