Dear Mr Paterson
Rather than embracing wind power as part of a portfolio of clean, renewable energy solutions, which is what one would normally expect from an Environment Secretary, you appear to have reservations, to put it mildly, as evidenced by the article at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2337466/Wind-farms-complete-scam-claims-Environment-Secretary-says-plans-turbines-causing-huge-unhappiness.html, for example.
It is a shame you were not present at the recent Swinford Windfarm Community Fund launch event (see report in today's Leicester Mercury at http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Wind-farm-generates-fund-money/story-19260216-detail/story.html), which was an interesting and happy occasion where a good time was had by all.
The eleven impressive turbines at Swinford Windfarm have been generating pollution-free electricity since November, apparently without causing any problems whatsoever, just like the four turbines at nearby Low Spinney Windfarm. Many observers regard these elegant structures as symbols of a new age of enlightenment that are perfectly compatible with the landscape in Leicestershire and elsewhere.
For your edification I attach a photo of Swinford Windfarm showing all eleven turbines (taken in the evening after the Community Fund launch event), and I am taking the liberty of copying this message as an open letter to various contacts.
Herbert Eppel, Pro Wind Alliance founder member
EurIng CEnv MEI MITI