Comment posted on Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash by Karl Hughes
These are solely my views:
We are in the midst of a pro- industrial wind campaign that is being fought using social rejection to manipulate acceptance of industrial-scale wind energy stations across the UK. It can be argued that while brute force is one way to take away democratic rights, they can be lost just as easily by the social rejection via political correctness.
We are all subject to the campaign that uses social rejection as a force to make us accept industrial-scale wind power stations, calling them ‘wind-farms’ is akin to calling a nuclear reactor ‘a magic moon-beam factory\.
As part of this campaign, some of the great and the good are ranting on about the moral need to embrace wind energy, you all surely remember Ed Miliband comment “Opposition to windfarms should be as unacceptable as failing to wear a seatbelt.” Seatbelts are a legal requirement, those who care for freedom should beware. There are a plethora of other organizations acively spewing out the same rhetoric, the Green party pleads for wind energy as if it were the holy grail. The RSPB also have been openly lobbying for wind energy.
If wind energy were the one practical and affordable answer to global warming then I would bite the bullet and accept the loss of our wilderness’s, seascapes and rural landscape. But I know that industrial windfarms are no answer to global warming in northern Europe.
Germany, have invested more than anyone in wind energy, they too are now finding that despite 17,000 or so wind turbines, German is producing more CO2 than before it built them. Why? Because the turbines are only 17% efficient. As a result, 83% of the electricity that should have come from wind has to be made in coal-burning power stations that can never work efficiently because they are forever adjusting to the up and down nature of wind electrical generation. Even with huge subsidies, energy companies are abandoning wind as an effective and green source of energy.
Lets remember that EU was formed partly in the hope of avoiding the wars that marred the early 20th century, the founders have forgot that ideology and have replaced it with an extreme ‘green ideology’ fuelled by industrial greed that has made Europe make the ‘Renewables Obligation’ that subsidize unproven energy providers. The sooner this is abandoned, the better chance we have of meeting the appalling climate challenges of the century. Lets make it clear that there is no such thing as renewable energy; and the thought of it belongs with perpetual motion, alchemy and other delusions, politicians and ideologues are skilled at using enticing words to cover their rotten ideas..
I shiver at the thought that through misguided faith in renewable energy we could destroy the wilderness’s and seascapes of GB and specifically Scotland a country that is gifted with some of the best coastal scenery in the world. In relation to the Tiree Array I am proud to be a nimby: my home is in a wilderness area and these wilderness areas are the real face of Gaia. I totally agree that human accelerated global warming is real and deadly and, that we have to do our best to slow it, but we must not be led astray by the special pleading of an industry made rich by over-generous subsidies paid for by your taxes and an industry that is bound to fail.
It is an arrogant human perception based on false pride and hubris to believe we can do anything to “save the planet”. Wind energy will hamper not help us achieve that end. It is time we as a species fully and deeply understood that our Earth can and always has, saved itself, although not necessarily for our benefit.
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 ?
Recent comments by Karl Hughes
- School closures: Russell commits to centrality of educational benefit – without clarifying the current meaning of the term
Tiree has had a baby boom over the last 5 years…seems the intake in pre-5 is on the up…don’t have exact figures…but certainly the school is sustainable
- DVLA: one example of what demerging means
This is an article on re- processing…not generation ! FYI the Argyll Array estimated cost is 7.6 billion….thats before a milli amp is generated.
And there is Gas plus Englands own wind industrialisation…drive
The fact remains why would the rUK buy from Scotland when they can get it cheaper from across the Channel or their home market….we don’t even have the grid to export…who will pay for that…England, naw…dont think so.
- DVLA: one example of what demerging means
Scotland gets indy from the rest of the United Kingdom….and then outsources governance services across the border or to the EU….we pay more. DVLA and Currency just small ( LMAO ) examples….lets face it we are joined at the hip…the nationalist dream is built on insecurity and greed for the black stuff….what a burach…
When the oil goes…for whatever reason…Salmond thinks we can export electricity to the UK and EU from our swaths of turbines….why would anyone pay for this when they have secure energy in nuke.
The SNP are digging a large black hole that will be populated by quangos and empty promises, and capped by handouts and begging letters….LMAO
- First Minister’s call for ‘grown up politics’ countered by order – from the top
MR RUSSEL ,
Seems to me that the you have not made any point at all…simply squirmed your way into the political vacous speel that you and your ilk always revert to…Simply correct anything you see as subjective….Politics and politicians … your self included seem to have forgot you work for us…the folks who pay your wages…so earn your coffers and put some meat on the NEWSIE post……
- Helicopter unable to transfer patient from Oban Hospital on Thursday evening
And lets thank all junior doctors in Oban and further afield for working long hours for a pittance of reward…the helicopter crews for acting with continuing professionalism…and Tesco’s for their wonderfull prime pork sausages…..
Suggest MM reads the following before he blows a gasket.
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