A dozen 140-ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views.
The council’s decision follows a campaign by the Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS), which argued that the turbines blighted views from within the Lake District National Park.
Kate Ashbrook, the OSS general secretary, said: “We objected because the turbines are a severe intrusion into a wild landscape, highly visible from many directions and in particular from the Lake District national park. Now we need to make sure that every trace of the turbines is removed when the current consent expires next year so that this magnificent common is restored to its former glory.” — Ben Webster, The Times, 7 December 2017
If you are a global company that has made leveraged investments in US renewable energy production in recent years, those assets now look like a bird that has run into a wind turbine. Someone had to lose from the massive tax reform law that will almost certainly pass Congress, and it turns out that you will be hit suddenly by several of its rotating blades. –John Dizard, Financial Times, 8 December 2017
For the past ten years, EU member states have been obliged to meet national targets for renewable energy. From 2020, they will be free of these constraints. Environmental groups have pointed out that without the national targets, there is no legally enforceable way to ensure the EU meets its goal. —EurActiv, 6 December 2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming. The agency had been working over the last several months to set up a “red team, blue team” debate on the science relating to manmade climate change to give the public a “real-time review of questions and answers around this issue of CO2,” Pruitt said. —Voice Of America, 7 December 2017
A prominent geoscientist in Argentina is facing criminal charges over accusations that he manipulated a government survey of Patagonian glaciers at the behest of mining interests. The charges against Villalba stem from a lawsuit by environmental activists. —Nature, 6 December 2017
Late last week Arizona Superior Court Justice James Marner granted the Energy & Environment Legal Institute’s (E&E Legal’s) motion requesting the release of ‘Climategate’ related emails withheld for years by the University of Arizona (UofA). Specifically, the documents are emails relating to the notorious global warming “Hockey Stick”, and the group that made it famous, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). —E&E Legal, Press Release, 7 December 2017