The good and bad of turbines

Sophie Wallace
Sophie Wallace

Last Saturday, I was being driven through the back roads of Slammannan and the likes when I was coming home from a shift at work in Coatbridge. I’ve never actually realised how much countryside and farmland there is up there until now.

Just as I was admiring how pretty some of it was, my view was disrupted, to say the least, by two ginormous white mechanisms.

Oh yes. Wind turbines.

I have mixed views on them if I’m to be totally honest.

On the one hand, they aren’t very pretty, are they? I can understand the protesters when they say that they really are damaging our views of the countryside.

“Great big clumpy white things stuck in the middle of nowhere, ruining our landscape”.

When people say this, I do find myself agreeing, which I then feel bad for because I’m all for a more eco-friendly environment. But, if I’m being honest with you ... they really are ugly.

On the flip side however, as just noted, I am quite an eco-friendly person I like to think. In my opinion,there’s an extremely clever idea behind the concept – let’s convert wind - something Scotland isn’t exactly 
short of - into something more useful. Even though they cost a lot of money to install, I personally 
think investing your money into one - obviously on a smaller scale - is quite a good idea.

That is, of course, if you’re not faced by their looks.

I’m all for renewable energy. We all know that coal, oil, and gas are eventually going to run out, and it makes sense forr us to make the switch to using more eco-friendly sources of electricity. 
The only downside is the horrible looks of the mechanisms to do so.

It’s not just wind turbines that have this problem - I personally find solar panels none too pleasing on the eye either.
But, I guess if they 
do the job. Judgemental people like me just have to realise that in the long term, they will do the planet some good ... despite their horrific looks.