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Irish Don Quixotes should get real on the benefits of wind turbines

John Leahy (Irish Examiner, October 18) blames warped planning and windmills for destroying the beauty of Crosshaven. But it is Irish Don Quixotes who are attacking windmills believing them to be ferocious giants.

I’m sorry to hear that windmills offend their eyes. Perhaps they should wear blinkers of the sort that asses wore when going to the creameries in years gone by, so they could avoid being distracted as they drive our country’s dangerous byways. Arguably they are already wearing mental blinkers.

While wind-generated electricity is not the answer to all of Ireland’s energy needs, it does provide an environmentally-friendly valuable source of power, just as the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme has been providing since 1929.

By contrast, Moneypoint (coal) and Tarbert (oil) power stations caused considerable environmental damage during their years of polluting production.

Even more serious is the double jeopardy peat burning power stations producing damaging CO2 as well as destroying our valuable peat resources.

Our Irish Don Quixotes should desist from attacking innocent windmills and divert their lances against the real destroyers of our living environment.

John Leahy’s words could have been written by Cervantes: “accosted by an abomination of extreme ugliness dominating this idyllic scene — a monstrous windmill standing awkwardly and ill at ease — a gross incursion and a visual assault”.

Such vitriolic words would be better directed at Edenderry power station, burning one million tons of peat annually with a plant efficiency of less that 40%.

Our latter-day Don Quixotes should sally forth against the real polluters.

Edward Horgan





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