“Wind turbine Madness: from a dream of environmentally friendly energy to highly subsidised destruction of the countryside.”
At the end of 2007, Germany had 19,460 wind turbines installed with a theoretical capacity of 22,247MW. The UK had 1,951 turbines installed at the end of February 2008.
With onshore sites running out and huge swathes of countryside industrialised with giant turbines, Germany has not closed any fossil-fuelled capacity. Indeed, their government announced in 2007 that they were going ahead with 26 new lignite- and coal-fired power stations to add to the numbers of new gas-fired power stations that have been built in recent years.
Germany retains its position as the leading greenhouse gas producer in Europe (European Environment Agency figures).
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