“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…?
Recent comments by Karl Hughes
- Salmond judgment under question in second deception on EU membership
- Tiree considering community buy out
The buyout has anything really to do with the Argyll aka Tiree Array…but the micro climate change can be guarenteed…whether this will benefit Tiree or not is up to SPR and their ilk to research and pass the conclusions on “openly” to the population of Tiree.
Its been a year next week since the project was put on hold…one would hope (though we have come to expect the opposite) SPR are about to tell the islanders what is happening next…one way or another…this is called ” transparent consultation”…again something that is as ethreal as the mist caused by mixing of the lower atmosphere by large scale commercial wind power stations…NTA are ready either way to continue our campaign…infact more ready than ever. Bring it on !
- Labour take 2013 Dunfermline by-election for Scottish Parliament
Probably be a similar turnout in the Indy Vote…unless it rains, in which case it will be an even lower turn out LOL
- Grangemouth: facts, consequences and issues
You may as well add that the Power Companise that are currently screwing us all dry are also owned by foreign entities out to make a buck…
Profit is a dirty word !
- Labour take 2013 Dunfermline by-election for Scottish Parliament
If the SNP was to focus on governing our country rather than the the Union issue they may have kept the seat….
Good win for labour…expected loss for SNP.
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