Energy in them hills

THERE is a buzz in the hills around Lancashire. Nothing obvious, nothing overstated - more a background murmur than an all out shout.

Something productively brilliant waiting in the wings, waiting for the right moment to declare itself.

Echos of a whisper not heard since the Industrial Revolution when Arkwright, Hargreaves, Crompton and Kay came to the fore and Lancashire’s looms clothed the world.

I refer not to the mills of yore but the mills on the hills - those much loved or much disliked wind turbines that one day may be our salvation. I’m not taking sides here simply pointing to the fact that in the resources war to come communities may be obliged to accept wind turbines and even fracking if the lights are to stay on. Hard to believe when viewed from the days of coal.

But the lights are not going out and the ‘buzz’ I mentioned is the chance to exploit another industrial revolution this time based not on the burning of coal - but on the capture of nature’s resources good for all and for use by all.

Lancashire’s great opportunity this time is the windy Pennine Hill country conveniently close to the Irish Sea.

Joseph G Dawson

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