Exercise 9: Example 1: wind farms, Mr Scott Baker
Adopting a derisory, but resolute tone, Mr Baker exhorts members of the public to recognise that renewable energy, such as windfarms, will be an intrinsic part of our future landscapes. Underpinning his support, is a critical depiction of those who fail to recognise the consequences of climate change. Weaving throughout his article, a comparison between negative and positive attitudes towards new energy sources, he suggests that many citizens in Bedfordshire are selfishly seeking to protect their view which is already under threat. He includes direct quotes such as the wind-farms will “spoil the view” and will be a “blight on the landscape” to set them up for ridicule. The fact that he suggests the footpaths will be turned “into swimming lanes” in the future, exposes their shortsighted and ignorant attitude. Their illogical mindset is further ridiculed through the comparison with the devastating consequences of “open cut coal mines”. Mr Baker hopes therefore to prepare all citizens to recognise that it is inevitable that windfarms will be an inevitable fixture in the landscape.
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