Monday, August 31, 2009
His book, "Sustainable energy - without the Hot air" is well worth a read, and can be downloaded from the internet.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Some time after the Nant-y-Moch Protest Walk, I had a supportive email from Tom Hutton. Tom is a Freelance Writer and Photographer who lives in Mid Wales, and he has sent us some examples of his work, which will be shown on the Atistsagainstwindfarms website next week.
Until then, here is the first image that he sent, titled "Llyn Ogwen."
Thursday, August 27, 2009
BRANDENBURG CITIZENS PRESENT 18 ANTI-WINDFARM CANDIDATES TO THE ELECTIONS
Press release from the European Platform Against Windfarms
Date: 22 August 2009
Reacting against the decision of the State of Brandenburg to considerably increase the already vast areas covered by windfarms, a local Volksinitiative (Popular Initiative) petition was launched, which gathered 27,000 signatures against the State's decision.
Note : the State of Brandenburg is the "Land" around Berlin. Its capital is Potsdam, and Berlin itself constitutes another Land. Germany is a federal state comprising 16 "Länder".
The Brandenburg constitutional laws allow the people to present a list to the elections without forming a political party, so the Popular Initiative decided to carry their protest further. They are now presenting 18 candidates to the state elections, outside the party system.
They are neither "left" nor "right", and seek to remain what they are: an independent "political formation" whose platform is to oppose the further degradation of the countryside by windfarms, as well as the current water policy of their government.
They are not supported by any political party, and they are not looking for political alliances. They just don't want more windfarms, and would like their voice to be heard. The elections will take place on September 27th.
Increasingly, many politicians violate their own laws. Entire countries are handed over to powerful windpower lobbies who remodel the landscape as they see fit. Wildlife reserves and historical landmarks cease to be protected so as to accommodate private financial interests. In the circumstances, it is no surprise to see people voting against the traditional parties who have betrayed them.
We, the European Platform Against Windfarms, representing 360 associations from 19 European countries, give our full support to the Volksinitiative. We approve of their action and wish them a resounding success at the coming elections.
May reason prevail. We cannot allow the misguided policies of our present leaders to disfigure natural, monumental, and cultural Europe, turning it into an industrial wasteland from Lapland to Gibraltar. They won’t even respect World Heritage sites and monuments (such as Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, where we are organising an international protest march on September 26th). There appears to be no limits to the subsidised greed that has been unleashed.
It is high time to rethink Europe's windfarm policy.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
More here about last week's "Any Questions," in an article by James Delingpole, with some interesting comments, most especially from Jenny Keal, who is featured on the artistsagainstwind farms website along with her husband, David Bellamy. This painting of the Lliw Reservoir, Mynydd y Gwair is a pastel that Jenny completed following the 2005 "Paint it while its there" day, in South Wales.
Scroll down through the comments to find Jenny's contribution:
jennykeal on Aug 24th, 2009 at 5:27 pm,
which also includes the text of a letter that she sent to Jonathan Dimbleby at Any Answers
This is an excerpt from Jenny's letter:
"Neither James Delingpole nor Jonathon Porritt addressed the real problem of wind power in any depth because they were distracted into an argument about whether climate change is happening or not.
No one can say for sure if carbon is raising the temperature of the earth. There may be a consensus of scientists for or against but there is no proof either way and the governments of the world are taking action on what is pure speculation. Leaving that aside, the main problem with wind power is that it cannot displace conventionally generated energy, such as oil or gas, coal or nuclear, because it is unreliable. It does not matter how many times this is pointed out to the BBC you cannot get to grips with the fact that the wind does not blow all the time and therefore no conventional power station can be closed down as they are needed for backup. Are you, Jonathan Dimbleby, prepared to live your life with a situation where you can only use electricity in your house when the wind blows? It is pie in the sky to say that other forms of renewables can substitute for wind power when there is no wind because there is virtually no investment in wave or tidal energy research or development. All our eggs are being dropped into the bottomless basket case of wind energy."
Monday, August 24, 2009
In the picture: Ann West, (Vice Chairman of Country Guardian) taking part in the nationwide "Paint it while it's there" day in 2005, when artists and campaigners from all around Britain went out to sketch their threatened landscapes. You can hear Ann West and Robin Laird responding to D.J.Gent’s question:“Is the answer to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions blowing in the wind?” if you:
Listen to : "ANY ANSWERS”
The answers are towards the end of the clip – starting at about 22 minutes into the programme.
Listen to this on iplayer while it is still available
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the topical debate from Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
The panellists are writer Kate Mosse, environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt,
writer and broadcaster James Delingpole and lawyer Mark Stephens.
“ANY QUESTIONS” (starts about 34 minutes into the programme).
followed by “ANY ANSWERS” both available online now
Please send in your comments to “ANY ANSWERS” at:
Sunday, August 23, 2009
is a website that I visit regularly. It is run run by a group of people concerned about the proliferation of windfarms in Scotland, particularly the Highlands and more particularly Caithness and Sutherland.
It has an important section on Accident Statistics and also one on Windfarm Sites, with helpful maps of sites in the area. Both sections are updated regularly.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Read also his letter, which describes feelings and nightmares shared by so many of us.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Appropriately, Poppy herself was quite an Art Critic, and barked excitedly when she saw some of my animal paintings, especially ones with cats in them. One of her favourite TV programmes when she stayed with me was Frazier, which shows she had good taste. She was amazingly fit for her age, and could still scamper across the fields up until the last few days. She will be sadly missed.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is a painting that I did following a walk along the cliffs near Lee Bay, which is on the North Devon coast not far from Mullacott Cross.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Read his article titled "How a wind farm could emit more carbon than a coal power station" in The Guardian online (August 13)
As he says, "Scottish peat bogs hold three-quarters of all the carbon in British ecosystems – equivalent to around a century of emissions from fossil fuel burning."
The above painting, "Inner moorland alt caim" by Jon MacLeod was one of the first paintings shown on the Artists against wind farms website, when Anne Campbell and Jon McLeod sent us photos of their paintings, and their way of life as crofters on the Isle of Lewis.
The fight to save Lewis goes on, as this link to Hebrides News shows, and you can find out more by going to www.mtlewis.org.uk
And for a reminder about The Shetlands, go to www.sustainableshetland.org
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The article was published originally on Vermont Sports
Having read his article, I then found his website, www.stephengorman.com - a visual treat.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Ibis arriving to roost, another photograph sent to us by Marion Chapman of Australia, who is our Featured Artist. She and her husband helped re-establish the Bald Hills Wetland Reserve in the 1980's. Its success as a refuge for wildlife, primarily wetland birds; as an educational tool for young people and as an experience as a wild-place surpassed all expectations. It is now threatened by the Bald Hills Wind Farm. If constructed, turbines would be visible and audible from every part of the reserve.
Watch a video story which tells the inconvenient truth about wind farms noise, by Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair' television program (in Australia) Follow this Link to the video, showing interviews with Australians whose lives are being destroyed by wind turbine noise:
There are also many videos about noise issues and other turbine problems - today's sample video features shadow flicker for example.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Peat is a carbon sink - peat bogs have been called the "rain forests" of the northern latitudes. This turbine site is 11 miles long by 7 miles and would turn a wild and treasured landscape into an industrial power station. Visit the sustainableshetland.org website to understand better how crucial it is to win this battle.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Two good articles today, both focusing on the fight to save this beautiful view - not only for the people of North Tawton, but for people all over England who love Devon because of views like this.
The first article, by James Delingpole
The second article, on a similar theme, by Caroline Gammell
Monday, August 10, 2009
For more about the enormous threat to the last vestiges of America's Tallgrass Prairie, go to
Friday, August 7, 2009
A recent photograph from Phil showing the visual effect of the large turbines on the prairie landscape.
See more of his photographs, and his paintings of blue skies, Flint Hill landscapes and wild mustangs, at www.philepp.com
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Press release from the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW)
Our organisation, which regroups 358 member-associations, federations and other groups from 19 European countries, has the pleasure of announcing the nomination of Peter Skeel Hjorth as its spokesman for Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) plus Finland and the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia).
He will represent EPAW in these countries, sending or relaying press releases, and establishing a dialogue with governments, the media, and the public in general. He will further act as coordinator of EPAW members in that region of Europe.... read more
Reg Gale, whose work is shown on the Artistsagainstwindfarms website told me on Sunday that some kind of cables connected with the wind farm were being laid (under the ground) across fields near Ashford. I went up to see for myself this morning, and there were indeed men still at work there.
I climbed a bank to video the view, and there will be a link to that shortly.
This is a photograph of the view across the fields though which some the cables have been laid. Braunton Burrows is ahead, slightly to the left, and Ash Wood is on the hill slightly to the right of centre. The turbines will be on the hills behind, and to the right of, Ash Wood. More about Fullabrook Down Wind Farm, including map of area...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Environmental lobbying groups including the Sustainable Development Commission, and Friends of the Earth among others, received over £6.7 million.... Go to Page 30 of the pdf to read more. How much of this money that comes from the taxpayer is used to lobby in favour of wind power?
I would like to point out to anyone who does not know this that Country Guardian and Artists against Wind Farms are completely independent... we campaign at our own expense.
Monday, August 3, 2009
At present, people who have been forced to abandon their homes because of health problems associated with wind farm noise receive no compensation. As the article points out, if the government forces through the siting of wind farms without attention to the latest scientific research, it may lay the taxpayer open in the future to large compensation claims.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This is the second of two paintings that Phil Epp has sent us.
You can see more of his work on the artistsagainstwindfarms website as well as on his own website www.philepp.com
To learn more about the threat facing the Flint Hills in Kansas, go to Protect the Flint Hills:
here are just a few facts from their website:
Only 3% of the Tallgrass Prairie in North America remains
Industrial development fragments the fragile ecosystem and disrupts wildlife habitat
Developers want to construct 1,000 wind turbines taller than the Statue of Liberty on the high ridges of the Flint Hills