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
- No Tiree Array campaigner invited to write for Think Scotland
Dont be silly.
Brian M, was only this morning was advised by me, of your perspective of “Think Scotland”.
He was unaware ,up to then, of the ” For Argyll exchanges
Basis this time frame BM cannot be be guilty of your accusation re getting ‘so many of his centre-right free marketeering colleagues to give u the old ‘thumbs down’.
Anyway , As I said at the outset, what has it to do with the issues raised in the article.
I have been contacted by the Guardian re my article. Does the Guardian create similar problems for you?
- No Tiree Array campaigner invited to write for Think Scotland
Must be the air on Tiree,,or the wind, ’cos I never knew Think Scotland was a Tory paper. I am quite sure Basking Sharks don’t know either, and don’t care.
In that respect I must be confessional. I have never, in my life, voted Tory. On the same confessional theme I have never jumped into bed with anyone because they are ‘on my side’. In fact I think it is physically quite difficult to jump into bed with someone, if that someone is on the ‘same side’.
I was a child of the 60’s I was never a fan of the bouffant. All that hairspray!! And as for a dalliance..just think about the morning afterwards ..please … lets not go there!
Your political perspective is naïve. If one is a critic of government policy “working from within” may work if the government concerned is demonstrably willing to listen, engage and effectively respond. There is no evidence to suggest the current Scottish Government is willing to do so, on the contrary the evidence suggests it becoming more strident and doctrinaire.
- No Tiree Array on basking sharks, night time visuals and divergent wind subsidy regimes between Scotland and Westminster
SPR’s persistent refusal suggests the legislation, and its lack of any meaning sanctions, may not be fit for purpose.
SPR’s consistent lack of response,in the past, provoked NTA into a substantive presentation, in Feb this year to both SG and MS re SPR’s possible breach of its public information obligations to the process.
That submission resulted in an immediate volte-face by SPR. The Array information page on SPR’s website was updated for the first time in 9 months. It included presentation of SPR’s day-time visualisations which had last been seen 9 months earlier, on a” now you see ‘em..now you dont” basis.
Let NTA worry about its strategy,but thanks for your concern.
As for leaving or staying in Tiree if the Array goes ahead, I cant speak for Karl, but after my last medical MOT, on an actuarial basis,there is a grave danger(no pun intended)I wont be around if it was to go ahead.
- Now see for yourself: For Argyll challenges anyone to say SPR plans for Argyll Array at Tiree are acceptable
This is very subjective
Of course there are certain houses in specific spots on Tiree that will have a very limited view of the Array . Of course any house at the bottom of one of Tiree’s 3 small hills (145m)will have a limited view of the proposed Array (200m) .
From my own house, from the ground floor I will see only the tops of the closer turbines, but from my upstairs, I will will see a considerable portion of the total Array.
Your “view” can be put in its true Tiree visual perspective if any reader goes to the ‘Visualisations’ page of the NTA w/site and clicks on the OBAN TIMES VIDEO This was made incorporating the SPR visualisations that SPR have now posted on their w/site.
The visual evidence of the negative visual impact of the proposed Array is all there to see,and might explain why it has taken 11 attritional months to get SPR to produce these what they could have done 11 moths ago
And SPR’s reason for this 11 months refusal
was quote ” It’s not consumer friendly to put such large files on line”unquote
Maybe SPR should let the consumer judge what is unfriendly .
- No Tiree Array campaigners play the Trump card
Nice to hear that Webcraft thinks that NTA ” may well
have a case ” but NTA has been addressing the issues of environmental and economic damage arising from Scot Govt off shore windfarm proposals,long before D Trump realised there was an issue here.
With respect to Webcraft, NTA is not linking itself to D Trump .
NTA might suggest that Webcraft’S use of word like ” “obnoxious ” and ” claptrap” would suggest that Webcraft may be intolerant of any opinion contrary to his own.
The issues Trump refers to merit national debate . NTA has been asking for that debate. Scotland requires that debate.
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