Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Written Evidence

Written Evidence from John G Phillips

  I am naturally concerned about the visual impact of the above which will be in front of my house like a concrete fence across the bay from Rhyl to Llandudno. I am also concerned that the huge sums of money could be better spent on research into safer nuclear power stations which, judging from recent press releases, appear to be inevitable if we are not to be held to ransom by other countries in the near future.

  It would seem churlish to object to the wind turbines if they were to be installed all round the coast of Britain, including such places as Eastbourne and Bournemouth, and by so doing that the power stations could be permanently switched off, but is this likely?

  As I understand it, on a global scale these turbines produce little and irregular amounts of electricity and will be quickly negated by a couple of extra jet planes or a few hundred motor vehicles. Will the USA, China, India, Russia and Japan stop making cars and planes? Will they follow us and invest in thousands of wind turbines? I believe that they will "go nuclear" and it is essential that we are involved in order that we. can ensure that no inferior quality power stations like Chernobyl are ever allowed to be built again or that irresponsible methods of waste disposal be employed by rogue nations. Britain should lead.

12 December 2005

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