We know how the fairy tale goes: the National Parks are protected areas because without State protection our finest landscapes would be spoiled. As always, that’s until laws and regulations get in the way of State purposes and the interests of the politically-connected. Then we can be sure that even the most sacred things will be sacrificed.
“Hundreds of miles of giant electricity pylon lines are planned to be driven through some of Britain’s finest landscape — including at least two national parks — to serve the growing wind farm industry.”
“Documents published online by the Government and National Grid show plans for 160ft pylons cutting across Snowdonia, mid-Wales, the Lake District and other unspoilt countryside. Each pylon will be the height of a 15-storey tower block.
The papers outline for the first time the extent of planned pylon development, with a number of previously unpublicised schemes added to existing proposals.”
They’re not the only lines planned. Read the link for a fuller picture. The State is never, ever on your side. It acts for those within it and those wealthy and powerful enough to co-opt it. Wind farms are not viable without vast subsidies (meaning they’re not viable). Spoiling our great landscapes, because this is the only way of keeping transmission costs even tolerably low, is a form of subsidy. Therefore, because the State centrally plans energy around renewables and politically-connected corporations have invested large amounts of capital in response, those protected landscapes are now not so protected afterall.