Comment posted Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash by Karl Hughes.
You could not make it up !
I recently contacted FOE to ask on a case by case basis what were their thoughts ( if any ? ) on the affects to the environment of placing upwards of 300 turbines in shore of Tiree…I was told that “… if you don,t want the island to suffer from rising see levels…support it ” ….I nearly choked on my porridge! I rest my case. FOE for one belive in wind energy at any cost…Hopefully this is not the view of all FOE supporters…? to this end I have directed further letters to the Scottish FOE rather than FOE international ( when, if, I get a reply I will post it)
Judas money…the buy out runs deep…the Tiree Communitee Development Trust, though initially taking the very difficult neutral stance, is now in negotiations with Iberdrola for community handouts from the developer…TCDT are not an elected body or local council…they do not represent the views of the community en mass…and as such have no voted in remit to ask on the behalf of the general community for renumeration. (local hero is such a good movie…)
These huge multi national energy companies that have their fingers in many pies, lets not forget that Iberdrola also build nuclear powerstations and are also involved in hydro development in the Amazon basin….they have a huge pot of money and can buy their way into any venture…they are not on a moral quest to save the planet…they are in the business to generate cash…vast amounts of cash…any small reductions in global CO2 emmissions is a welcome spin off.
In comparison to the profits the handouts are miniscule.
We might add at this juncture that the wee eck is also courting favour with these folks as much as he did Trump and Murdock…I wonder if he is a signed up member of the FOE ?
Karl Hughes also commented
- THE chief executive of environmental campaign charity Friends of the Earth Scotland will leave the organisation next week.
Stan Blackley has been at the helm of the organisation for just a year, after he took over from former chief executive Duncan McLaren. He will leave on Tuesday. “During this period, Stan has also improved the organisation¹s financial situation, maintained its public and media profiles and delivered considerable campaigning activity.
Anotherone bites the dust…and this comes upon Iain Grays sensible retort in regards to the SNP renewables policy being out of touch with reality…(Alex…whan questioned about the viability of his renewables crusade simply ‘winked’ and said “believe”…YOU COULD NOT MAKE THIS UP
- “Scotland’s top civil servant has been accused of acting like “an SNP lackey” in a fierce attack on his political impartiality. In rare public criticism of a leading mandarin by all three opposition parties, Sir Peter Housden, the Scottish Government permanent secretary, was accused of “failing to uphold” the impartiality of the civil service”.
Do they all dance to the tune ? When a number of NTA members managed to get a meeting with the civil servants of Marine Scotland…we were told the following when we pointed out a long list of failings in the current licencing system…”…we are understaffed, over worked & under pressure from upper government (SNP) to be the open stop shop for offshore wind…” Just what is going on in Hollyrood…are we really heading into the realms of power facism…it seems this SNP government is even ignoring the civil service…?
- Totally agree with this point…if we want change we know it is going to hurt…integrated public transport and only one car per household would start to put things on the right track…
We are all barking up the wrong tree…dancing to the needs of big business and not the needs of the planet.
- Unfortunatelly the weather is horrid here.
Lateral thinking ?
Maybe the simplest policy for all is that all windfarms however big or small are decided on a case by case basis…by the affected encumbant communities or land users. They should decide on ‘if’ they want a development on their doorstep, in their hills or on their shores. ? what benefits they require in exchange…and though this might cause an explosion of replies (playing the devils advocate)remove all tax payer subsidies from all power manufactures…and impose a Tax for energy waste on all home and business owners, all architects and all designers of modern electrical appliances. Lower duty on hauliers, and public transport companies…and seriously investigate why a family of 4 living in the same house needs 4 cars…
And while we are on it BAN all high octane motor sports much as we have banned smoking ! maybe that will get somebodies attention…
This would remove much of the debate…and prick up a few ears !
I am just throwing some questions out into the ether.
- Or Alternatively we could have ‘small group of under 16′s seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash’ get real webcraft
This was an idea the kids came up with…good effort I say, they must have got the idea from the wee eck…for he is leading by example…ultimately they could be the people who have to live with the consequences for the next 30 or so years…!!
Given the 3 or so years of stress we have already had on the island (something that is being noted by the islands medical proffessionals) and no doubt affects our children too…I think it shows the strength of feeling in our community when 80% of the children are against the array…
Its only a junior version of phoning a foreign owned news group for votes or supporting a foreign developers purchase of a links for golf development.
As it happens…the windfall fund (Community turbine) has generated some of the cash instead…obviously Iberdrola can’t or won’t afford to help them at the moment !
But I will save your suggested headlines just incase. Thanks
Or Alternatively we could have ‘small group of under 16′s seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash’ get real webcraft…you really do get up in the mornings and have windmills with your porridge don’t you ?
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I’ve just been looking through some photos of Callanish Standing stones…
And actually and honestly…Yes or No…Union or No Union, Scotland now, or Scotland then…its really all bollocks….we are just pawns…not the player…Time is the player…
I wonder what the folks who raised Callanish called Scotland ? called the British Isles…? they probably just called it home…
If there is just one thing I have finally learnt thanks to this referendum, its that my family come first, without question…and in general we are just people on a journey trying to do the best we can for our kids and for our family and friends…tagging oneself with a nationality, marching under a flag…is a weird human trait, we just want to belong…
All embrace the moment you post your vote, whatever you decide is your decision…don’t be disheartened or angry if you do not get what you hope for…embrace the change whatever that may be…but most of all enjoy every moment you can with the ones you love, your families and friends…we only get one chance to raise our own Callanish.
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Its great to see the amount of good resturants popping up in the “wilder reaches” of the Argyll Isles…quite a renaissance…with the likes of Ninth Wave, Ceabhar Restaurant on Tiree, The Coll Hotel, etcetera…The local fruits of the sea and land are known to be amongst the best in the world, so good infact that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of the River Cottage series has a new home on Tiree and can now be seen grazing his way up & across the beaches…and machair.
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its all factual anglophile…but you should know that anyhow… C ya x
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A parting shot…while its quiet on here…
Just a reminder of some of the things that are good about the Union.
1 Being in a strong currency union.
2 Low interest rates.
3 Being part of a large, influential EU member state with a large rebate of part of its annual contribution to the EU, opt outs from VAT on food, children’s clothing and books, an opt out from the Schengen agreement and the freedom to continue providing free university tuition for Scottish students as happens now.
4 Keeping the Barnett formula which provides approximately 10% extra public expenditure per person in Scotland.
5 Being part of a large economy where wealth can be redistributed through the tax system and which shields us from fluctuating oil revenues.
6 Having subsidies for our wind farms, which are one third of the UKs total, being shared across a population of 60 million, instead of 5 million in Scotland.( yep could do without this…and its probably the only good point in voting yes )
7 Retaining the arrangement under EU rules which allow cross border pension schemes to have ten years to become fully funded, instead of having to achieve this as soon as Scotland becomes independent.
8 Private and company pension schemes able to keep costs down through sharing a single pensions regulator, funded by the industry, for the whole UK.
9 Retaining jobs in shipyards which build UK warships and in the financial sector for which the rUK is, for some companies, as much as 90% of their market.
10 Businesses have only one set of regulations and one tax system across the UK.
11 Businesses free from currency transaction costs within the UK.
12 Savers covered by the Bank of England guarantee to protect savings of up to 85,000 pounds.
13 Scottish banks underpinned by the Bank of England which in turn is underpinned by taxpayers across the UK.
14 Supermarkets selling products in Scotland at UK and not foreign country prices.
15 An open border between Scotland and the other countries in the Union is guaranteed.
16 We will benefit from retaining the BBC.
17 Continuing to share the UKs large network of 267 embassies and consulates around the world, compared to 70 to 90 “international offices” planned in the white paper at a cost of £90 to £120 million.
18 Scots, young and old, will have uninhibited access to the UK labour market, for example the same currency and tax system, national insurance contributions counting towards the same state pension (less than six years of contributions, the minimum needed to qualify for the UK state pension, will not be wasted if people return to Scotland to continue working), there will be no need to change car registration plates after six months and there is the open border.
19 We will benefit from universal postal charges across the UK.
20 A carriage on the train to fedralism
21 Last but not least, families with members across the UK and those of us with friends across the UK will continue to feel joined together, and the social union which has helped to make the Union a success for over 300 years will be maintained.
Written by one of the silent majority(not me except for the bit about windmills)…good luck at the polls…enjoy the peace and security of the booth…and remember to keep the cat in on Friday because there is going to be fireworks…
- The independence campaign: personal gains and loss
Had that been the case…and believe me I wish it was LOL…out here at hells door I wouldn’t have known what the hoot was going on other than from the BBC world service (don’t go there ok) until I had got home and found the cat with his arse painted blue and white…(whatever his loyalties)
Unless something monumental happens like the
resurrection of the Bruce or Clement Attlee…I’m taking a break…
And on that note a well-known quote from Attlee “When we are returned to power we want to put in the statute book an act which will make our people citizens of the world before they are citizens of this country.”
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