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National Trust call for the wild

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The National Trust has called on the government to take full account of the value of wild places and of the need to protect them from inappropriately located wind farms. In the trust's response to the Department of Trade and Industry's consultation on renewable energy, it argues that the "modest" benefits of wind turbines must be measured against their environmental and social costs. The powerful authority's concerns are set out in its latest publication, "A Call for the Wild," which acknowledges the evidence of environmental damage from fossil fuels, but warns against renewable energy solutions which compound the impact on the environment rather than reduce it. In its own energy strategy, the trust intends to promote energy efficiency. But it will favour renewable developments which it considers actually displace fossil fuel use. The trust, which has objected to several wind projects, will continue to oppose schemes that impinge on national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, sites of special scientific interest and trust properties. Yet it intends to set targets for its own properties for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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