Comment posted Caithness wind farm rejection by Robert Wakeham.
It’ll be an even greater achievement if the next revision of the building regulations can manage to impose the next step in achieving increasingly energy efficient buildings without further adding to the opacity and complexity of the regulations.
I can’t help thinking that – if the tightening of energy standards for buildings was matched in the vehicle construction and use regulations – the big high performance ‘gas guzzling’ 4WD car would be an extinct species by now
Robert Wakeham also commented
- It takes one luminary to recognise another, but I do try to get my facts right, Malcolm, because I think presenting stuff as fact when a little bit of checking would have proved it wasn’t is really rather tedious after a while. Thames barges seem to have been remarkably successful, and fit for purpose, in their time – the programme stated there were thousands of them. Your comparison of my comments on Diego Garcia with the defence of the Falklands isn’t comparing apples with apples, and unfortunately this is a habit of yours. A long time ago, when I was very young, my father was fond of reminding me that it’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and prove it, and while that was designed to deflect annoying questions it can be used in the context of some of your less well considered pronouncements.
- By mentioning clippers you’re tempting fate; wait for some luminary to point out that as the wind doesn’t blow all the time sailing boats are utterly impractical and would never catch on.
- Henri, the Argyll settlement pattern doesn’t fit your model, and there will always be a need for transport of some sort.
- Malcolm: ‘nowadays we we would go in there with millions of pounds (actually probably US dollars) worth of equipment and ‘rescue’ them and give them a lovely home somewhere else – sorted!’ No, Malcolm, we wouldn’t – going on our track record. If they’re a small population, in a remote place, we might just repeat our treatment of the population of the Chagos archipelago (Diego Garcia) where we drop kicked the people into a Port Louis slum in Mauritius so we could rent their atoll on a long lease to the US Dept of Defense. Hah! you might say, that was in the bad old colonial times; so it was, but we’ve denied those people their rights to live in their own homeland ever since – and even denied them decent compensation.
- Malcolm, the answer is not to provide the sort of fodder that encourages this kind of response.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- McGrigor supports small scale hydro schemes but is concerned about lack of grid connectivity
If not ‘bitter’, then how about ‘negative’, ‘petty’, or just plain miserable?
Effective ways of providing energy for this country is an increasingly fraught subject, with government commitment to ‘green’ power leading to the perception that our politicians are swimming with sharks, and a proliferation of wind farms that are good for some sectors of the local economy but which are a major cause of price inflation.
And the Kintyre / Arran power emergency this spring served to highlight the fact that large scale wind generated electricity can be likened to a rough single malt – no use unless it’s blended with other spirit to make it palatable.
I live in hope that SSE’s Sound of Islay tidestream power project will prove more user-friendly – as are the hydro power plants described by Jamie McGrigor, as far as I can gather.
Here in mid Argyll we’re being shown the next windfarm proposal – 25 turbines for Electricite de France above Brenfield, which would form a backdrop to Ardrishaig, and would be so close to the recently unveiled proposals by E.ON for up to 24 turbines above Inverneill as to be semi-detached.
That’s up to 49MW plus up to 90MW, that would all presumably have to be ‘blended’ with power from elsewhere to make it digestible, and if anyone thought that ‘fast breeder’ only referred to a type of nuclear reactor, just look at the emerging cluster of wind farms south of Ardrishaig.
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
Doesn’t the SPTE have a remit to co-ordinate public transport provision here? – maybe I’m imagining it, or maybe they’re just pretending, or maybe they’re only really interested in Strathclyde bus services and the Glasgow subway (on the basis that only a tiny proportion of voters use the Gourock ferries, and politics is all)
- 31 hour shout Tobermory Lifeboat’s longest ever, ending in joint operation with Oban lifeboat
The Oban Times reported on 6th June on the MAIB report on a similar incident last July when a small container ship rammed the Isle of Bute, and apparently legal action is ongoing.
- Refloated cargo ship MV Fri Ocean escorted to Lynn of Lorne – and on into Oban
Not being a mariner, I wonder why – in this day and age of almost universal use of radar (and GPS?) for navigation – ships don’t seem to be equipped with a proximity alarm, a bloody great klaxon fit to waken the dead, that is triggered if the boat closes with an identifiable hazard.
It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
Considering how all the wind farm developers are so keen (and can clearly afford) to provide substantial funding to help local community ventures, this is surely a prime example of an exceptionally good local cause with national significance.
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