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
- Hazard warning lights on A83 for Rest and Be Thankful
I’d like to suggest that Transport Scotland invest in one more wig-wag sign warning of potential trouble on the Rest & be Thankful, to be sited at the entrance to the Holyrood parliament, as a reminder to our dear MSPs of what’s going on in the real world.
- Gordon Brown to stand down from Westminster at General Election
MM – if you’re referring to what I suspect you are, quite apart from any connection with Gordon Brown and the British government there were press reports of paedophile rings in Portugal that stretched to the very top of the government.
Down the years since the tragic incident in the Algarve the British press – to my recollection – have never really suggested any connection, but I’ve always wondered – and the current investigation in Britain into suspicions of paedophilia, including murder, amongst the ‘great and the good’ of the British establishment makes me wonder even more.
- Michael Russell’s message to Argyll
I was referring to your qualities (or lack thereof), wee fat guy.
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There could be an analogy with a BBC Radio 4 report today on the trials & tribulations of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s computer system, whereby large numbers of back office specialist staff were ‘let go’ in the interests of efficiency, with the fairly rapid (predictable?) achievement of mainframe meltdown.
Heaven forbid there’s meltdown in the Coastguard service – perhaps, like today’s proposal from Ed Balls to allocate £1 billion of the banking fines to rescue the NHS – the £56 million RBS fine for their computer crash should be allocated to the Coastguard..
- Michael Russell’s message to Argyll
Your intemperate rant.
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