Save the countryside from Industrial Wind Farms

This government is spending millions each year providing massive subsidies to the on-shore wind farm industry which are not even an efficient means of generating "green" electricity. Private "green energy" developers are now threatening to ruin huge swathes of rural England with monstrous industrial sized turbines which are over 130 metres tall (1.5 x the size of Big Ben) in completely inappropriate sites, which aren't even particularly windy and which are extremely close to thousands of local residents. Hundreds of local campaign groups are now springing up all over the country to fight these planning applications because these developers are just interested in one thing and that's MONEY. They have no consideration whatsoever for the people whose lives would be blighted by these massive Power Stations but becuase of the subsidies they receive they can bribe landowners with rents of £25,000 per turbine per annum. These turbines can be built just 800 metres away from hundreds of residents, even though in Scotland there is already a law that these turbines cant be closer than 2 Kms. This is completely outrageous and the goverenment should be ashamed if it doesnt legislate where these Power Stations can be built.

Why is this idea important?

This government is spending millions each year providing massive subsidies to the on-shore wind farm industry which are not even an efficient means of generating "green" electricity. Private "green energy" developers are now threatening to ruin huge swathes of rural England with monstrous industrial sized turbines which are over 130 metres tall (1.5 x the size of Big Ben) in completely inappropriate sites, which aren't even particularly windy and which are extremely close to thousands of local residents. Hundreds of local campaign groups are now springing up all over the country to fight these planning applications because these developers are just interested in one thing and that's MONEY. They have no consideration whatsoever for the people whose lives would be blighted by these massive Power Stations but becuase of the subsidies they receive they can bribe landowners with rents of £25,000 per turbine per annum. These turbines can be built just 800 metres away from hundreds of residents, even though in Scotland there is already a law that these turbines cant be closer than 2 Kms. This is completely outrageous and the goverenment should be ashamed if it doesnt legislate where these Power Stations can be built.

Move income tax, to a tax on dirty energy

 

If we want to encourage clean energy development and lower electricity use, we should raise taxes on emissions created by power plants, so that dirty energy costs more to produce than clean energy. 

If a tax based on the amount of pollutants a power station produced was raised significantly it would make renewable energy economically advantages.  Making clean energy cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels would lead to a surge in renewable energy projects.  This would lower pollution, create a secure energy supply and help the economy through investment.

Obviously this would lead to higher energy prices.  The government should offset this by lowering income tax.  Maybe the Liberal Democrats could get their 10,000 income tax threshold.  Those on fixed incomes would also need an increase, paid for by the emissions tax.  This would be a fairer system of taxation.  

Why is this idea important?

 

If we want to encourage clean energy development and lower electricity use, we should raise taxes on emissions created by power plants, so that dirty energy costs more to produce than clean energy. 

If a tax based on the amount of pollutants a power station produced was raised significantly it would make renewable energy economically advantages.  Making clean energy cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels would lead to a surge in renewable energy projects.  This would lower pollution, create a secure energy supply and help the economy through investment.

Obviously this would lead to higher energy prices.  The government should offset this by lowering income tax.  Maybe the Liberal Democrats could get their 10,000 income tax threshold.  Those on fixed incomes would also need an increase, paid for by the emissions tax.  This would be a fairer system of taxation.  

Ease planning permission for large offshore wind farms

Energy can be clean and cheap, global warming could be fought, but only with large off shore wind trubines. Those living by the sea who complain about the developments currently have a voice of there own, but i think the government needs to be the voice of the future generations of britons who would rather not live in a world ravaged by global warming. We need to stop the NIMBY's from ruining this countrys future, we need to start building off shore wind turbines as fast as we can.

We need to reduce the bureaucracy slowing down installation of large off shore wind turbines.

Why is this idea important?

Energy can be clean and cheap, global warming could be fought, but only with large off shore wind trubines. Those living by the sea who complain about the developments currently have a voice of there own, but i think the government needs to be the voice of the future generations of britons who would rather not live in a world ravaged by global warming. We need to stop the NIMBY's from ruining this countrys future, we need to start building off shore wind turbines as fast as we can.

We need to reduce the bureaucracy slowing down installation of large off shore wind turbines.