Comment posted Marine Scotland identifies 15 new Scottish sea areas for offshore wind by robtrythall.
There is nothing substantively new in this report than was not in the post adoption report March 2011.
Reminding the Renewables Industry at the EWEA conference in Amsterdam was hardly co-incidental, coming as it did in the week that the host nation’s government announced a slow down in off shore development, due to its cost, and the current international economic crisis.
It’s a wake up call. The entire WC Scotland, one of the world’s s most stunning marine environments is up for grabs, and Scottish Government is the pimp (that is not an OTT reaction).
The mantra of self-justification by Govt spokesmen ,is becoming increasingly vacuous, eg nonsense like ” reindustrialisation of Scotland’s communities” What is Lochhead talking about? If he only looks at his own windfarm development maps, he will understand that most of the impacted communities were never industrialised.
In a similar vein Alex S recently alluded to that Kenneth McKELLAR favourite “The Song of the Clyde” and its line “…But from Glasgow to Greenock, in towns on each side,
The hammers ding-dong is the song of the Clyde” .
Wonderful, romantic, evocative stuff, but in the recently published(NOV 2011)“ Wind in our Sails- The coming of Europe’s offshore wind energy industry”( a report by the European Wind Energy Association), hammers ding-donging on the Clyde, let alone the WC of Scotland,does not get a mention!!
This nonsense aside, what is lost in this debate, to the politicians delight,is the subsidy costs faced by Scottish Taxpayers to finance SNP policy whereby Scotland will generate 100% more than its electricity requirements. This extra production is for export to make Scotland the Saudi Arabia of renewables(SNP Manifesto).
Where is the research to support this business plan? How is the export pricing mechanism going to work. No-Tiree-Array (NTA) has asked Alex Salmond this,and many other re related questions. NTA still awaits his reply.
Go to www.no-tiree-array.org.uk
Recent comments by robtrythall
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With your cornucopia of negativity of “For Argyll’s” editorship, why do you bother reading it, and offer such hackneyed comment?
- Sunday Times commissioned study on indy setup costs
You advised that this total estimate of £2.4 Billion excludes the substantial costs of sterlingisation.
The report estimated the cost of Alex S’ currency farrago would add a further additional cost of £2billion.
Taking this is in combination with Charles Kennedy’s trenchant analysis last week , of the Alex S’ sterling farrago, when he stated :-
But it’s a pound which isn’t backed by a central bank so If there’s a run on the pound, unlike today, you’re stuffed.It’s a pound in which you don’t have the reserves and it’s a pound, remember, which if you were using it in that independent fashion, not the UK sterling we have at the moment, Alex Salmond made clear if they don’t give us that, we wouldn’t shoulder our bit of the debt. And if he didn’t do that, never mind London and the terrible people down there, international markets would have you for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One can only wonder why Alex S is so hell-bent on bankrupting Scotland?
- On nationalism
willie.. what is a perception charge??
I suggest your list of perceptions is ill-founded in fact, and in prophesy.
- BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit
Alex S and John S,with their endless repetition of their “no currency deal no sharing of national debt “, are now sounding like a stuck record on the currency issue.
Manifestly this indicates their increasing intellectual bankruptcy on the issue, and in defending their intellectual bankruptcy ,they have only exposed their profound financial illiteracy.
Regrettably some commentators to this blog, who support the Salmond- Swinney mantra, have also revealed their profound financial illiteracy on the currency issue.
Douglas Fraser Business and Economy Editor of BBC Scotland has published this article on the BBC website:-
Scotland Decides: Mandate with Destiny
It offers a very balanced perspective on the issue.
It should be compulsory reading for any voter prior to Sept 18th
- BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit
Last night was a bear pit that added nothing to the debate .
But possibly we all have forgotten the wording of the referendum question? It requires a simple Yes/No to :-
Should Scotland be an independent country?
This implies no more than asking the voter to express an opinion. It does not imply that Scottish G is bound to deliver/create an Independent Scotland.
Therefore Alex S, and the SNP, in the event of a Yes vote, should they fail, in any subsequent transitional negotiations, to secure what they deem efficacious to sustain an independent Scotland, eg a currency union, can simply walk away and declare the Independence project untenable.
Similarly, in the event of a Yes vote, and it then transpires that the SNP’s timescale of 18 months for EU is wrong,ie the timescale for an Independent Scotland application for EU membership is 5 years as per the non –partisan advise on this issue, then one assumes that Scottish G can once again temporize the Independence project.
Such a time frame would also clarify rUK’s membership, and its implications for an Independent Scotland all of which the SNP,and YES campaign, have ignored .
In the event of a Yes vote, and rUK subsequently decides to leave the EU, does an Independent Scotland temporize its application to join the EU?.
Self evidently an application from Independent Scotland in a currency union with a non EU member, will not be acceptable to the EU. In such event it is more than likely an Independent Scotland, to gain EU membership, will be required to accept the Euro.
But the SNP has said it will not accept the Euro.
The only credible solution for an Independent Scotland is to create its own credible independent currency which meets all the governance criteria of the international financial, and currency, markets, These require a Reserve Bank.
The SNP rejects this option, with Alex S claiming last night that a YES will give him a mandate to demand sharing sterling whilst rejecting rUK’s right to give a mandate, to its political parties, to reject a currency union with an Independent Scotland.
The SNP position currency is ill-conceived and a political nonsense.
Regretably the bear pit of last night did not address this very important currency scenario.
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