Practise Exam Question – Q1, Week 1 (Wind Farms)
What do you learn from Ben Leach’s article about the issues and concerns regarging the building of wind farms?
Before reading this article I thought that wind farms were widely encouraged and very supported by the public because of its green, renewable process which helps the planet. However, from Ben Leach’s article, I’ve learnt about the many issues surrounding wind farms.
Firstly, the turbines aren’t really pleasing to the eye. They would ruin the natural landscape of the coastal areas like Cornwall and Lake District. This would reduce the amount of tourists coming to the coast which would further dampen the name and legacy of ‘said’ coast.
In addition, I’ve learnt that these wind turbines could be a huge hazard to the wildlife on the coast (especially birds). These birds could easily fly into the spinning turbines which, in effect, would make the coastline look like the inside of a slaughter house.
Surprisingly, many environmentalists oppose it which is strange because you’d think that they would be in favour of renewable energy sources. However, from the article I can see that they are focussing on the local impacts instead of the global ones.
Overall, I think that the issues and concerns on the coast are true and justified but it is a form of renewable energy. It might cause some protests but, in the long run it would indirectly aid those very objectors with energy.