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Wind power threatens coastline - and it won't work

Ivor Catto (NCE 21 February) says that we must learn to love wind farms and that offshore wind farms are likely to be visible from almost every part of the English coast.
How can anybody possibly say this who knows the beauty of the English coast or has seen the BBC programme Coast?

Why not set a more sensible target of reducing all types of energy use by X% which would actually save money instead of spending vast sums of money on wind farms which have to have almost 100% back up and would ruin the beauty of our coastline?

BEN TATHAM (F), St Anthony, Pilgrims Way, Westhumble, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AW

I have read Ivor Catto's viewpoint concerning wind turbines (NCE 21 February) and I have to say that unfortunately he is completely missing the point. Until there is such a time as energy can be stored efficiently wind turbines are simply not a viable proposition.

When there is no wind, and hence no wind power, which regularly occurs in Britain for long periods in the winter when it is cold, we still need to rely 100% on back up from alternative power sources.

In the short term, therefore, we have no option but to use nuclear power.

CP NEWSOME, The Old Farmhouse, Watsons Lane, Norwood, Harrogate, HG3 1TA

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