Well, the public consultation for the Rampion Offshore Wind Project has only just started and already the anti-wind farm brigade are in full cry with a barrage of letters to the local newspapers, full of misinformation and myths about wind power in general and wind farms in particular. A letter in the Eastbourne Herald of February 17 begins with the title ‘Wind farms are not efficient’, whilst a letter in the Sussex Express for February 17 mentions E.ON’s figure for the installed capacity of Rampion (700MW) and makes the amazing assumption that this figure of 700MW is the total output per year of the entire wind farm! He fails to mention that E.ON’s own figure for the total output per year is in fact 2,100GW, which is a whole lot bigger than 700MW! Both letters also go on about subsidies for wind power as some kind of proof that wind farms are not economically viable and that wind power is inherently inefficient anyway, without giving any evidence for this, and without putting the subsidies in the wider context of subsidies for all existing forms of conventional power generation. So I am already in the process of drawing up rebuttals to these letters which I hope the local papers will print next week. I suspect that this is just the start of a long haul and that a campaign to put accurate information into the public domain locally will have to be sustained if there is to be any chance of an accurate, balanced debate about the merits or otherwise of the proposed wind farm. It seems to me that one of the early tasks for Eastbourne FoE will be to create a ‘rapid rebuttal unit’ for dealing with this propaganda onslaught by the anti-wind farm lobby and that creating press releases for the local media may be a big part of the group’s workload.