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Comment posted on Fife Council joins Aberdeenshire in asking for suspension of wind farm applications by Karl Hughes

“misplaced and romantic” ?
We have a life span of 3 score and ten…nobody remembers the cutting down of our national forests for fuel/ships/grazing etc…what many can now see is the sprouting of turbines (industrial structures you must admit ?)…what went before does not mean what is happening now is acceptable.
Let me re-emphasize a couple of points before you feel I have a “shortbread tin picture” of Scotland…I do not…As part of my remit I am employed as an Environmental consultant to Oil/Gas and mining multi-national companies, my paycheck shows I have a broad and balanced view of the issues at hand…that is why I am here in Iraq, why I have done work for two of the Scottish Government depts directly involved in sustainable conservation…US bureau of land management in regards to extraction of Oil shales and a resulting hydro project.
I am against INDUSTRIAL WIND… where we all have to agree the final economics outweigh the spurious and much vented massive environmental gains, this is complete hogwash…the problem with the current deployment of industrial wind is: the decisions to build are not based on environmental protection, it is based on cash for industrial entities, they are in fact milking the noble environmental cow, dry…re-industrialisation of Scotland’s wilder places “now” does not make it right, now ! this is as much based on your reference to an increase in world population.
You are definitely missing my point /the below list you provided, does not make these things acceptable and I refer you again to my earlier comments.
In regards: “all of Scotland is in fact artificial and shaped by industrial activities be it forestry, aquaculture, fishing, agriculture, hydro power, mining and now wind turbines (and let’s not forget the huge shooting estates and their impact on natural forests” again I refer you to my last…
Some final points: SNH/JNCC/RSPB etc..etc…are worried to their core that the decision to place large scale industrial wind power-stations in, perhaps you prefer areas of low population rather than wilderness areas, is now firmly in, the hands of the politicians/ multi-nationals and economists not environmentalists.
If we are to reverse the damage such things as “forestry, aquaculture, agriculture, hydro power, mining and now wind turbines (and let’s not forget the huge shooting estates)” have done then we have to do it in a manner divorce from politics and big business. We are in fact in the short term, barking up the wrong tree…prevention of waste of energy must be the primary driver behind not supporting new ‘Heath Robinson’ power sources that are and, always will be ineffective on a global scale in the reduction of both CO2 emissions or global warming.
The entities that got us into this mess in the first place are again in control of the asylum.
Back to my shortbread.

Karl Hughes also commented

  • You should come to Tiree…! see the basking sharks…it’s a bumper year so far.
  • Hi, I Will be around Ardfern in my Contessa during my next break (weather permitting) Lets have a pint or two.


  • “potential gravy train before others cottoned on” ???

    Without involving NTA…and totally from a personal perspective:

    I tell you why Malcolm…because we showed the initiative to share a resource and put the profits directly into our community and not into the hands of off island share holders. If legislation and finance allowed we would use the all the generated power (directly) rather than indirectly on the island…and not see substancial line loss. Our diesel generator would until an alternative arrives back the system up.
    Tilley is sustainable and stand alone…I feel our landscape can handle such a structure and also feel that “onshore” we could and should continue to install smaller domestic and agricultural turbines…Such as Coll is also doing…my stance has remained stead fast on this point since I visited CAT in mid-Wales some 25 years ago.

    I defer to Tims following comments.
    And re-emphasise my commitment to “community Renewables” projects.

    Malcolm (Tim) you might want to look at this:

    It explains how we raised the cash…basically we borrowed the cash from the bank and are paying it back at a rate lower than the income it is generating…the cash benifits we see now are small in comparison with what she will earn in the not so distant future…

    Please read the info and tell me if we, in your opinion are on the aformentioned Gravy Train or not

  • Malcolm…having oil does not make using it right…as I have just said…our reliance on oil is an addiction .
    Relgious politics in the Gulf, Sunni/Shia/Walid etc mean that if the Gulf came embroiled in a war and the gulf stopped moving oil…we could see an increase at the pumps of around 35% overnight…the problem is our strategic reserves (I talk about europe here) would last but a few weeks…rationing would not be an option and the price increase would never be applied…anarchy would follow…this is not some sort of hollywood movie this is a real possiblity, more so now than yesterday…
    There is no alternative than to have a mix of energy source…I believe community generation is one of the ways to go (others do not) I believe saving is the way to go (others do not)…one thing is for certain if we do not act now (yesterday) we (the human race) will have civilisation changing concequences to face within my childrens life times…and most likely in mine too…we have to face the future now and not put it on our kids or their kids…we have to.
  • As an example if the Argyll Array went ahead (Ye God’s forbid) its generation when turning, theoretically will be on par with Scotlands current entire Hydro generation.

    Note: on storage…agreed super connector to Norway will be used for pumped storage…?

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    So Keitho… as promised I visited Tobe, to check that rock out that you hide under, and get that pint off you and your cybernat buddies…seems quite a few folk know you as being all wind and no content…. SNP suits you… poped in your “frequented” boozer… lol… you really do live the dream don’t you.
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    Iraq ? more problems ? I don’t think its in any doubt that this part of the world will have more problems…
    I accept that there would be no assistance from the UK govnt… it takes a bit of soul searching to come to places like this … something I would not expect your ilk to understand….somebody needs to come here…and some of us were asked to come here by Iraq.
    You individuals are part of the problem NC/K… you can never be expected to be part of the solution… you simply do not have the necessary skills or life experience.
  • Cameron to make the worst possible decision on refugees
    Jazz, you and your policies are in fact condemning more innocent and desperate people to death.

    Merkels economic based decision is condemning more “migrants and “refugees” to abuse and death while seeking to travel to the EU.

    Taking “real” desperate cases into our countries can alleviate some of the hardship these people are going through ( Families/Old/Young) solving these issues at source is the only realistic humanitarian option that makes sense… multiplying the aid given to the UN camps, vetting at these camps for the most needy cases… these camps are safe Jazz, have you ever visited a refugees camp ??? I have, many.

    The countries dealing with the Middle Eastern strife and at breaking point are Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon these should be the benefactors of much needed foreign aid… and that is what we are providing and plan to provide more of, not only tents and clothes…but also teachers and doctors… the refugees in these camps are with people of the same ethnic and cultural background…and that helps these people with some semblance of normality until the issues raised by IS are resolved…

    To answer your initial question as to if I “sleep at night” yes I do… 3 or 4 years ago when the local Shia and Sunni where knocking shit out of each other I did not sleep so well… but Basrah is now a dammed sight more peaceful than then, safe even… the economy is growing and the infrastructure is coming back online… there are no starving or suffering people here now… yet daily young guys, the educated and professional folk are packing up and moving with the exodus north towards Europe… this has implications for us at home, but also massive implications for Iraq… its is causing a national brain drain … a drain on Iraqi national resources that is filled by foreign workers like myself.

    And now because a photo of one of the thousands of dead children has hit home at your previous head in the sand mentality, the left… narcissistic, “I” really care factions are stuffing these people …you feel en mass that you have to be seen to “care”… if you cared you would not be asking these people to risk all in some sort of EU green card lotto death walk…. Wake up and open you dammed eyes.

  • Cameron to make the worst possible decision on refugees
    So what do you suggest Mr Jazz ?
    Do we take the refugees or do we take the economic migrants ? or both ? hows about some thought out comments from you ….

    Merkel has put all of the exodus parties in the same pot, lessening the available support for the refugees from war and giving more to the migrants from poverty…. at some point we have to make choices as to who we can help,….oh and if you have not noticed Germany and Austria have now too shut their borders…

    There is nothing nationalist or racist about what I have posted… realist yes.

    Far from saving peoples lives…Merkel has sentenced more people to death in the Med and crossing the Sahara.

    Maybe you would like to contribute to the solution to all of this hardship Jazz…maybe you have some thoughts of your own……then again, maybe you do not.

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