Comment posted Now see for yourself: For Argyll challenges anyone to say SPR plans for Argyll Array at Tiree are acceptable by Tim McIntyre.
Malcolm – the installed capacity of hydro plant in Scotland is around 1.4GW, and the typical average load factor across the fleet is around 30-40%. This is about the same as the projected load factor for offshore wind, so the comparison is entirely valid in energy output terms.
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- Seems like a strange thing for an engineer to write: “…1MW of energy generated by wind-turbines is 1MW of CO2 emissions saved from conventional energy generation”
A megawatt is not a unit of energy or CO2 emission, it is a unit of power. Engineers are usually pretty fussy about getting that kind of thing right, in my experience.
- The SPR photo montages are certainly an eye-opener to the scale of the proposal. I’m not too concerned about the visual impact because I just don’t find wind turbines offensive to the eye – at least no more so than any of the other visible effects of day to day human life on the landscape – though that is of course just a personal view.
As Karl & Donald Meek say, there are many other much more important potential impacts in terms of navigation, marine wildlife, perhaps local climatic effects among others. These need to be properly investigated and shown to be acceptable. The endless scrapping over whether turbines can be hidden by strategically-held thumbs, or whether base structures can be seen or not, seems little more than a pointless distraction.
It is also a pity that newsroom does not attempt to balance the tone of FA’s coverage of the renewables issue with some research and comment on its potential benefits. Argyll is badly in need of some economic diversification and very little has so far been said on what opportunities the marine renewables industry may present, to help sustain and grow our communities in the wider context of Argyll.
It should also be borne in mind that this single array as proposed will have an installed capacity almost a third greater than the sum total of all the hydro-electric generation plant in Scotland. Its impacts have to be judged in that context: any type of energy installation of that size will have significant impacts on the local area in which it is sited.
If you want to deny the validity of opinions of anyone who does not live on Tiree, then I would suggest that a high proportion of objections to this project will have to be disregarded on similar grounds – certainly if the typical response to onshore wind planning applications is anything to go by.
Recent comments by Tim McIntyre
- On nationalism
Malcolm – maybe you mis-read my comment. I said ‘developed’, not ‘developing’, though I’m not sure why you have lumped Los Angeles together with ‘murderous African dictatorships’?
I don’t object to private enterprise – I run one. Again you have mis-read my point. I (personally) think that there is a place for public ownership in the provision of some public services, and that it is one of the principles which underpins civil society.
“Your last paragraph condemns you” – do you mean if there is a ‘Yes’ vote, then I won’t be able to feel part of Britain any more, even though I’ll still be resident in the British Isles?
- On nationalism
Newsie, I happen to disagree with much of the content of your article, and so I posted my own views – isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? – without resorting to dismissing either you or your contributor as ‘arrogant’ or not ‘worthy of respect’ or lacking ‘independence of mind’. So by all means defend your arguments, but it’s a little rich of you to dismiss mine with such phrases, especially when you are so hair-trigger sensitive to the slightest hint of ‘bullying tactics’ from Yes supporters.
I daresay you may be right about the egg-thrower(s), but please don’t confuse a huge and entirely peaceful ‘Yes’ movement with a single incident involving a tiny handful of over-excited protestors confronting a shouty politician on a soap box.
I did not engage with the ‘Achilles heels of nationalism’ you describe because I have quite honestly not seen any significant elements of ‘chauvinism, utopianism and incipient racism’ in this campaign – the notion that these are defining aspects of ‘Yes’ is, to use your words, the ‘laugh of the campaign’. I’ve seen plenty of optimism, some of it no doubt misplaced, but not even the most ardent Indy supporters seriously imagine that an independent Scotland would be a land of milk & honey.
I’ve commented on here before, more than once, that a federal UK would have been a proposition I could have supported, so I agree with you there. Remind me again which political party is promoting that idea, and how much influence you expect them to have at Westminster in the forseeable future?
- On nationalism
I’m sure this rather rose-tinted expression of quintessential Britishness lies buried deep within the psyche of many people, including many ‘Yes’ supporters. Unfortunately the principles of political, economic and geographical solidarity which underpinned the feeling of a common British identity have been almost completely unwound by successive UK governments of both colours over the past 35 years or so.
The opening notion that “It enjoys a certain standard of living” is surely a joke? Isn’t the UK one of the most unequal of all developed nations in both wealth and income (and therefore ‘standard of living’) these days?
Then there’s the list of treasured public services, all of which have been, or are in the process of being, handed over from common ownership to the tender mercies of private enterprise.
The irony of this referendum is that for many Scots, a Yes vote is about trying to protect what is left of the values and institutions that many of us used to think of as being British, before they are finally and permanently dismantled and discarded by the UK state, for ideological reasons and the benefit of private equity.
Oh, and after a ‘Yes’ vote – we will all still be living in the British Isles. We will still share a cultural history, language, common travel area (No Borders!), monarchy and, if a small number of blinkered politicians come to their senses: currency. We don’t need to belong to a unitary state to share all these things and still regard ourselves as British.
- Thuggish Yes campaign benefits from media’s artificial ‘balance’ as Murphy forced to suspend campaign tour
Of course they won’t condemn it, JnrTick – it was just an ‘isolated incident’
Whereas the cowardly, heinous outrage perpetrated on the gentle, sensitive Jim Murphy can only possibly have been orchestrated through the evil cybernat web controlled by Aleggs Salmonella… etc. etc. etc.
- Cameron to address Scottish CBI as Tory MP quits for UKIP
Malcolm – ‘totally open in what he believes’… hmm, you mean like “A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde” ?
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