Wind turbines 'to change coast'

The UK's coastline is to undergo a substantial change as the government seeks to combat climate change by expanding the wind turbine programme.

According to business secretary John Hutton, new plans could see more than two offshore wind turbines per mile of British coastline in the next decade.

Speaking on BBC1's Politics Show, he explained that government proposals to see 20 per cent of the UK's energy needs provided by renewable energy sources by 2020 would require the installation of up to 7,000 turbines.

"Offshore wind is a major untapped resource for us," he explained.

"It is going to change our coastline, yes for sure. There is no way of making that shift to a low carbon technology without there being change and without that change being visible and evident to people.

"We've got a choice as a country whether we rise to the challenge ... or stick our head in the sand and hope it [climate change] goes away. It is not going to go away."

Mr Hutton said the UK must become more self-sufficient in its energy production, adding: "I do not want in 20 year's time to find that whether the lights go on in the morning is down to some foreign government or someone else."

Conservative party MP Alan Duncan backed Mr Hutton's plans.

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