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Comment posted Marine Scotland identifies 15 new Scottish sea areas for offshore wind by Alex McKay.

Robert is quite right that the areas shown on the map are indicative only showing areas for “research” and NOT areas which will inevitably have windfarms. Indeed, this map should not have come as quite such a surprise to Newsroom, with their highly emotive and ridiculously OTT language “the recoil of a rape”, as this looks like a redraw of a map published last March by Offshore Wind Scotland, a consortium of HIE, SE and the Scottish Goverment: http://www.offshorewindscotland.org.uk/index.php/journey_to_2050/scotlands_offshore_wind_sites
The new map enlarges some of the areas, especially in the Clyde, but the indication of joining Islay to Barra and blocking the north end of the Minch were on the earlier map.

Alex McKay also commented

  • Newsroom. I don’t deny you legitimate concern, but you appear to have decided when writing your article to assume that all the areas indicated would end up completely covered in turbines, which a reading of the whole report instead of a glance at just one of the maps it contains would have made clear, so in my view your language was unwarranted, e.g. “unhinged”, “brutalist”,”rape”, “effectively unnavigable”, Frankenstein deskbound madness”. Offshore wind developments are going to happen, and what this new report deserves is cogent argument and considered responses not an OTT reaction such as yours.

Recent comments by Alex McKay

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    Not very good at economics, are you, AS? Pound down 20%, so goods cheaper to sell abroad and exporting firms flourish, including many in Scotland. And, typically, you draw attention to the English NHS while not mentioning the mess the Scottish NHS is in, thanks to years of mis-management and under-funding by the SNP, despite their repeated promises. And as for Nicola, isn’t it time she dealt with education and healthcare in Scotland rather than constantly harping on about Indyref2 about which she seems more and more muddled, wanting to leave one union while staying in another?
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    And there’s AS yet again demonstrating that his education was very poor. Next time you write as profound a statement as “cat’s cock”, put an apostrophe in it, you ill-educated little boy.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    What a profound statement from a little boy who doesn’t like being reminded of how poor an education he has. Still, he is an SNP supporter which explains it all.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    Clearly time to improve your education, AS, which isn’t difficult, given your appallingly low starting place.
    The meaning of bigot is: “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance”, which is a much better description of the SNP than it is of Brexiteers.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    Oh look, MM straining at gnats in pretending that the oil price is above $60 a barrel. In fact, the original prediction was of $65/barrel and was made by “Nae Fear Here” who then changed his name to “Hugh Jazz” as he found it increasingly difficult to sustain his ridiculous claims on this and other matters. “Hugh Jazz” then disappeared to be replaced very shortly afterwards by “A Salmon” expousing the same failed causes and using very similar juvenile language. These SNP acolytes have demonstrated, one after the other, the paucity of their arguments, intellect and, often enough, commonsense, as they slavishly try to maintain the SNP line.
    Going back to the oil price, it is always expressed in US dollars and while converting it to pounds might show up the current weakness of the pound it doesn’t change the quoted price of the oil one jot. Whichever name you want to give to the SNP troll who posted his claim of $65, he was wrong.

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