There is a body of feeling against the erection of wind turbines in the north Dordogne that we are being asked to support.
I cannot in all honesty allow this to go unchallenged! We are told of " a large amount of noise pollution" & "property values falling by 50%", but based on what figures? I have found results of studies showing a negligable impact on house prices, really only having a negative impact if the turbines are very close to a property. Most are built well away from urban areas. The noise? Google "wind turbine noise" & look at the youtube clips. bear in mind that one can find reports for and against wind turbines. But I like the thought of energy from fresh air & I would rather look out at a field of wind turbines rather than a coal fired power station!
There is too much negative spin put on all forms of energy production, renewable or otherwise, & no one ever offers a viable alternative. Oil? It pollutes & is expensive & will run out soon. Nuclear? The waste lasts forever & is dangerous. Solar? Ugly, inefficient & who wants to look at acres of solar panels although it does not pump chemicals into the air? Wind, Big, ugly, & the wind will make swishing noises like it does when blowing in the trees & the dynamos will hum, but you have to be very close to hear that - pull off the N10 north of Angouleme near them & see which is loudest - the traffic or the turbines. Hydro? Think of the (temporary) impact on the environment! So how exactly ARE we going to power our lives, burn all the trees?
To produce power there has to be a balance & if my property will lose half its value but benefit from clean energy so be it. I bought my house to live in, not to act a an investment, or bought with borrowed money so that I can live in a style I cannot afford & have it paid for by others more abstemious than myself.
I would be interested to hear other point of view.