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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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    Did Ms Minor really say that, AS? According to a report I’ve read today, she said that Scotland would have to join a queue including the likes of Montenegro and Macedonia. She also said that the official EU line is that there will be no new admissions before 2020. She also managed to say it without resorting to the kind of childish language that you regularly indulge in. Grow up, little boy.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    A top European official said yesterday that an independent Scotland would not still be a member of the EU and that it could take several years to join and would include using the Euro as its currency. Is that really what you are looking forward to, AS?
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    Well, that’s probably not your real name, but it certainly fits you.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    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.

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