Comment posted Marine Scotland identifies 15 new Scottish sea areas for offshore wind by newsroom.
This sort of autopilot slagging off – of those of us who are genuinely and openly working to tease out the issues and to enable informed thinking BEFORE we take irreversible steps – is a waste of time and space.
There are very serious issues here.
A big one is that wind turbines are far from clean green enery – as you MUST know and do not care to discuss.
The magnets for the turbines require rare earths in their production, These rare earths are highly toxic and the process by which they are separated from each other create large volumes of fluid toxic waste.
We buy our magnets – as does most of Europe – from China, where Mongolia has large resources of rare earths. The consequences of this production are not then to be found in our back yard.
But our economic activity in the field contributes strongly to condemning the villagers At Baotou in Mongolia to the consequences – with a lake of toxic waste open to the elements, highly dangerous to breathe and lethal to come into contact with.
In this area, wildlife has vanished, the water course has been contaminated, cancers are rife and villages have been decimated by deaths, And these people have nowhere to go.
There is nothing right wing about concern for this reality in every respect – if there were it would dignify the right wing; and there is eveything irresponsibly unthought about an unchallenged commitment to an energy harvesting process which, in truth, is neither clean nor green.
We have published in some detail on this matter – which may now actually come to a place near you: http://forargyll.com/2011/12/scotlands-should-think-hard-before-exploiting-its-rare-earths/
newsroom also commented
- For Alex McKay – of course they’re indicative but, given the willingness to swamp Tiree as it is, with the Argyll Array, the identification of these areas as they are is an indication giving rise to entirely legitimate concern.
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