Swore. Editorial guest: François Vachette | Weekly 39

François Vachette.

François Vachette, since when and why has your movement existed?
Our association Cabre39 (Collectif d’Alerte Bresse Revermont Environnement) was created in 2021 with the aim of protecting natural spaces, built heritage, sites and landscapes of the Jura department and in particular the municipalities of the Community of Communes of Bresse-Haute Seille and those of Arbois Poligny Salins Cœur du Jura.
That is to say to fight against all attacks which could be brought to the environment, to men, to fauna and flora and in particular whenever they are likely to affect the natural characteristics of spaces and landscapes, biological balances and, in general, the health and safety of people, animals and things.
The association refers in particular to the European Landscape Convention in this regard; fight, including through any legal action, against industrial installation projects harmful to the interests of nature, people, landscaped and built heritage, in particular against wind turbine factories known as wind “farms”
The Jura is one of the least windy departments in France and, due to lack of wind, the projects of the various stakeholders always want to install the highest wind turbines in France: 240 m for the Kalista project!

What issues are you currently involved in?
We were very mobilized by various wind projects such as those of Vincent/Froideville and that of Bersaillin/Monay/Sellières from the company Kalista.
We are on permanent alert thanks to our members and correspondents to find out about possible onshore wind turbine projects.
We raise awareness among municipalities about the regulations and their constraints, which are often unknown. We are in friendly contact with elected officials. Our action is always carried out within a legal and non-violent framework.
As soon as a project is brought to our attention, we meet the stakeholders to notify them of our existence and inform them of our monitoring of strict and complete compliance with regulations.

What do you say to those who persist in arguing that wind power, “as green energy” is one of the best alternatives to fossil and polluting energies?
Wind power is not greener than electricity produced in France, already 97% decarbonized, controllable and with a production cost much lower than our neighbors.
Onshore wind has a load factor of around 24% due to its intermittency, which means that for every wind turbine installed there needs to be a backup solution when there is a lack of wind.
Other European countries use coal-fired power plants, lignite in Germany, or gas. This gas is liquefied shale gas and transported mainly from the USA by ships which require newly built LNG terminals. Liquefaction and vaporization use considerable energy, emitting CO2.
However, replacing carbon-free electricity with intermittent, non-controllable and poorly predictable electricity makes no sense. The abundance of wind does not exist, contrary to the statement “there is always wind somewhere”.
Germany is the example not to follow; despite the massive development of wind turbines, they still emit just as much CO2, have spent more than €500 billion, and are ever more dependent on gas which arrives further and further away. Their electricity emits ten times more CO2 than ours!
We will probably be obliged to “temporarily” use some wind power which we hope is “anchored” offshore, therefore reversible.

What actions are you planning for this spring 2024 in the Jura? And in the longer term?
Stay attentive to changes in regulations and their implementation. Continue to inform municipalities and their residents of the reality of wind power. Help other associations.
And in a more global way, encourage us to preserve our landscapes, our monuments, our forests, everything that constitutes our history and contributes to the Jura Good Living…

Contact: https://www.cabre39.com

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