Comment posted Launch of ‘Scotland Yes’ campaign contradictory, lacking information and out of touch by Robert Wakeham.
At the risk of polluting this thread, Ken’s mention of air conditioning – in Oban – opens a whole new can of worms.
The pros and cons of windfarms have been debated in FA almost to infinity, and the other side of the need to clean up our energy generation is the need to economise on our energy use. This part of the world has a (relatively) very temperate climate, and there’d be little or no need to waste money and energy on air conditioning (even in today’s weather) if more attention was paid to building insulation, and heat recovery, as the cost of energy escalates. The places that I notice have some fairly hefty ac plant are the council offices at Kilmory and the (almost new) Lochgilphead schools campus – both energy profligate by the latest standards?.
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- All this talk of mongooses – shouldn’t it be mongeese? Consider your answer carefully; if it blames English parlance, isn’t this a chance to establish Scottish independence of language?
- WS – for the sake of an innocent bystander, could you please explain the above anagram – and while you’re at it, how about an apology to Dr McKenzie for unwarranted snide innuendo?
- David: I don’t see independence being Labour, LibDem or Conservative led, and would expect our present semi-independent SNP government to be ‘leading from the front’ with the powers that they’ve already got, rather than apparently thinking that the main job on their hands is to convince us that we need all the rest of the powers that remain with Westminster. The Rosneath ferry affair might seem to be small beer to many people, but when you consider the degree of disruption to the folk who depend on this link the silence from Holyrood is surely incomprehensible. Maybe the government is sitting back waiting for SPT to dig its own grave – there already seems to be less than total confidence in them, hence this government’s transfer of supervision of Strathclyde area passenger trains from SPT to Transport Scotland. Maybe party politics is playing its part, with SPT perceived – perhaps correctly – as tainted with corruption from its ‘old Labour’ Glasgow origins, and the government falling into the trap of thinking the population of the Rosneath peninsula is insignificant. The politicians are perfectly capable of taking action to reduce alcohol related problems, so why no action to quite literally rescue the Kilcreggan ferry users from this extremely damaging shambles? They surely don’t expect Westminster, or Brussels/Strasbourg, to come riding over the horizon to resolve a Scottish problem.
- Graeme: The sheer scale of what Norway’s ‘can do’ attitude has achieved in reinforcing their infrastructure is difficult to comprehend unless people go there to see for themselves. That said, there have been some mistakes – collapsing road tunnels are not unknown – but considering the far greater distances, more difficult terrain, and more severe climate, what they’ve achieved is breathtaking.
- In the context of Holyrood, Ife, ‘all party’ can mean either all political parties, or the very pleasant (and subsidised) lunch ceremony, or both.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- McGrigor supports small scale hydro schemes but is concerned about lack of grid connectivity
If not ‘bitter’, then how about ‘negative’, ‘petty’, or just plain miserable?
Effective ways of providing energy for this country is an increasingly fraught subject, with government commitment to ‘green’ power leading to the perception that our politicians are swimming with sharks, and a proliferation of wind farms that are good for some sectors of the local economy but which are a major cause of price inflation.
And the Kintyre / Arran power emergency this spring served to highlight the fact that large scale wind generated electricity can be likened to a rough single malt – no use unless it’s blended with other spirit to make it palatable.
I live in hope that SSE’s Sound of Islay tidestream power project will prove more user-friendly – as are the hydro power plants described by Jamie McGrigor, as far as I can gather.
Here in mid Argyll we’re being shown the next windfarm proposal – 25 turbines for Electricite de France above Brenfield, which would form a backdrop to Ardrishaig, and would be so close to the recently unveiled proposals by E.ON for up to 24 turbines above Inverneill as to be semi-detached.
That’s up to 49MW plus up to 90MW, that would all presumably have to be ‘blended’ with power from elsewhere to make it digestible, and if anyone thought that ‘fast breeder’ only referred to a type of nuclear reactor, just look at the emerging cluster of wind farms south of Ardrishaig.
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
Doesn’t the SPTE have a remit to co-ordinate public transport provision here? – maybe I’m imagining it, or maybe they’re just pretending, or maybe they’re only really interested in Strathclyde bus services and the Glasgow subway (on the basis that only a tiny proportion of voters use the Gourock ferries, and politics is all)
- 31 hour shout Tobermory Lifeboat’s longest ever, ending in joint operation with Oban lifeboat
The Oban Times reported on 6th June on the MAIB report on a similar incident last July when a small container ship rammed the Isle of Bute, and apparently legal action is ongoing.
- Refloated cargo ship MV Fri Ocean escorted to Lynn of Lorne – and on into Oban
Not being a mariner, I wonder why – in this day and age of almost universal use of radar (and GPS?) for navigation – ships don’t seem to be equipped with a proximity alarm, a bloody great klaxon fit to waken the dead, that is triggered if the boat closes with an identifiable hazard.
It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
Considering how all the wind farm developers are so keen (and can clearly afford) to provide substantial funding to help local community ventures, this is surely a prime example of an exceptionally good local cause with national significance.
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