Bishop kicks up storm over wind farms

Bishop of Newcastle the Rt Rev Martin Wharton who has spoken out against wind farms, claiming he has a Christian duty to protect the countryside

Bishop of Newcastle the Rt Rev Martin Wharton who has spoken out against wind farms, claiming he has a Christian duty to protect the countryside

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A bishop has spoken out against wind farms, claiming he has a Christian duty to protect the countryside from “becoming marred and disfigured”.

Bishop of Newcastle the Rt Rev Martin Wharton said there was a danger of turbines turning parts of Northumberland into “one industrial site after another”.

In a letter to The Journal newspaper, the bishop said that having spent time touring the region, he had been unable not to notice the growing number of wind farms.

He claims that he has yet to see any evidence that turbines will ever provide the reliable energy that is needed by society.

“It is a basic Christian truth that we all have a duty and a responsibility to care for and exercise wise stewardship over God’s creation, which has been entrusted to us,” he said.

“Our countryside needs to be protected and preserved for ourselves, for our children and for our grandchildren.

“The danger is that in parts of Northumberland, our landscape is becoming marred and disfigured and turned into one industrial site after another.”

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