Wind

Since my exam results1 arrived, I’ve been a lot more sanguine about checking the post.

Today’s post brought some raffle tickets from Marie Curie Cancer Care, and a newsletter from Greenpeace – I actually stopped paying my Greenpeace membership years ago, when they adopted their short-sighted policy toward GM foods, but they seem not to have noticed. This time they’re ranting about Tony Bliar’s new pro-nuclear-power policy. Apparently, trains carrying nuclear waste are passing through our cities…sometimes – and get this – at peak period! I think someone should tell them that if a flask WAS ruptured, time of day wouldn’t make an awful lot of difference – although I suppose if it happened at night, the glow-in-the-dark effect would at least be pretty.

Personally I’m a huge fan of wind turbines: Some people say they’re ugly eyesores, but I think they’re rather fantastic, majestic feats of engineering. Would I want one at the bottom of my garden? I wouldn’t mind, but I think Lidls might complain at the loss of their car park. What would I think if a wind farm was the view from my back bedroom window? Well, since the view is currently the aforementioned Lidls car park and a McDonalds drive-thru, it could only be an improvement.

The thing is, we need to do something – we can’t go on relying on fossil-fuelled power generation, and although current power generation is much more efficient than it used to be2 we need to find alternatives. And whether we like it or not, at the current state of technology, nuclear power is the only non-fossil alternative that can cope with our power usage.

1 Did I tell you about my exam results? Two passes?
2 Although no-one seems to have told Greenpeace3
3 Or maybe they weren’t listening

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