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New pressure group fights push for wind power

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A new pressure group, which calls itself the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), has been launched to fight the "grotesque political push for wind turbines" and call for a review of energy policy. The group claims its mission is to "encourage the development of renewable energy and energy conservation whilst safeguarding the landscapes of the UK from unsustainable industrialisation." Its chairman, media celebrity Noel Edmonds, calls wind turbines "weapons of mass distraction." He says they represent a cynical attempt by government to distract the public from the real issue -- the UK's impending energy crisis. Campbell Dunford, REF's CEO adds: "Other viable renewables are given, at best, lip service. We will place the facts in the public domain and support renewables wherever we can." REF says it will sponsor research into renewables and create a database to aid the organisation's key aim: to fight "inappropriate developments." The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) points out that the UK cannot meet its renewables targets, climate change commitments and ensure a diversity of energy supply without developing wind plant on land and offshore. "Wind is the most technically mature and economic of the new renewables," says BWEA's Marcus Rand. He says the association recognises the need for a broad based renewables strategy. "Indeed, we are putting our money where our mouths are and are now championing the development of wave and tidal power."

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