Comment posted Fife Council joins Aberdeenshire in asking for suspension of wind farm applications by Robert Wakeham.
I wonder if future generations will look back at the scramble for wind turbines and see it as akin to the ‘Great Railway Mania’ – or whether it really will be seen as a timely reaction to a looming energy crisis brought on by climate change? There’s no doubt it’s attracting some opportunists who couldn’t give a damn for the environmental objectives (except in lecturing the local peasants on how grateful they should be) and just see it as providing a fatter return than property development.
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- Doc: I’ve been wondering whether Malcolm should be invoiced for the time it takes to educate him about matters that most people seem to be able to comprehend fairly easily, but there seems to be an element of wilful misinformation driven by some fairly strong prejudices. And as – when challenged on these – Malcolm gets a bit shirty I suppose it’s best to leave well alone, and just hope that some of the reasoned argument does eventually sink in.
- Malcolm: You need to get out more, but these days the internet affords you the opportunity of finding out for yourself how tunnels have, in other parts of the world, provided an all-weather answer to the Dunoon-Gourock type of problem.
- If superconnectors can help even out the supply from intermittent renewable power sources all to the well and good.
- Malcolm – ‘Renewables will always need 100% backup from power stations’ – rather a misleading claim, given that the variability of the ever increasing amount of electricity from wind power makes the development of mass energy storage ever more pressing.
The Cruachan and Foyers pumped storage stations are just a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared with what’s needed, but I bet there’ll be other ‘green’ techniques developed in the reasonably near future – hydrogen generation seems to be a frequently mooted idea – and your claim surely has less credibility in relation to tidestream and hydro power.
- Some of us would like to get back to the ‘real and highly important subject’ before you discover General Franco as the answer to practically everything, Malcolm.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- A83 Task Force recovened early to discuss community concerns
The business of ‘protocol’ looks as if it can leave any constituency whose member of parliament is a government minister ‘out on a limb’.
In our case, in Scotland, we are more fortunate than anyone in England in that we have several representatives in Holyrood – and our Westminster rep has no ministerial post.
Nevertheless, it would be reassuring to be able to think that Mike Mackenzie is not constrained, by being a member of the ruling party, from asking tough questions.
Perhaps I’m being naive.
- Oban South and the Isles to ready for by-election as Councillor Hall stands down
Doesn’t this underline the problem of conflict of interest that can arise from local councillors standing on a national political party ticket?
- A83 closed both ways at Rest and Be Thankful
Yesterday the Glasgow Herald announced that plans were being drawn up to plant 250,000 trees above the road to help stabilise the hillside and reduce the incidence of washouts.
- BEAR Scotland update on A83 road accident on 28th February
The answer would be one of their electronic information displays, at the Dalmally junction.
If they can provide one at Lochgilphead, surely they could do the same at Dalmally.
- McGrigor raises a glass to the new Harris distillery
Or is Longshanks ‘slightly bitter’ by nature, to put it politely.
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