Leading energy academic ‘will never work for Scottish Government again’ after Joan ‘the mouth’ McAlpine set death threat trolls on him

Former Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, whose judgment has been repeatedly been shown to be volatile, was single handedly responsible for the over promotion and over attention paid to his wheeze, Joan MacAlpine, list SNP MSP for South Scotland whose reign was abruptly terminated when Nicola Sturgeon took over as First Minister.

During indyref 1, Ms McAlpine had been shown by her own indulgent tweets, to be directing SNP ground troops’ activities in skewing polls in favour of the Yes camp.

She later repaid funds she had claimed as expenses  but which she had deployed indirectly to the financial benefit of her former lover who had lost his SNP job when he was exposed as the author of the Universality of Cheese blog which had intentionally smeared a south Scotland conservative councillor.

Something of a ‘dum dum bullet’ in her voracious erraticism, McAlpine and notions of self discipline and good judgment are not compatible bedfellows.

She has now chosen to light a track for rabid and underinformed anti-frackers to Professor Paul Younger, Professor of Energy Engineering at Glasgow University and member of a Scottish Government Expert Panel which had found fracking to be viable, with certain environmental mitigation.

Ms McAlpine took it upon herself to direct the anti-fracking activists to Professo Younger by highlighting his previous non-executive directorship of a company called Five Quarter Energy and suggesting that it was involved in fracking – by calling for academics’ reseach results to be set against the implications of any commercial interests there might have before they were approved for publication.

This stunt called into question the integrity of Professor Younger’s proffered expert views and brought upon him the attention of the terrifyingly familiar rabid brigade, from whom issued abuse and death threats taken seriously by the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit.

Ms McAlpine had been typically loose-mouthed in setting on the dogs before failing to investigate the specific nature of Five Quarter Energy’s business focus.

In fact, this company had nothiing to do with fracking but was concerned with a different unconventional method of extraction of hydrocarbons – undersea coal seam gasification in the North Sea.

Moreover, Professor Younger’s association with Five Quarter Energy  was no secret. It had been openly discussed by both Glasgow University and by the Scottish Government itself. But what do the trolls know – and indeed, what does Ms McAlpine herself know? The professor has publicly noted that Ms McAlpine made no effort to contact him to claify the situation before lighting the torch trail to guide the trolls to his door.

For those interested in coming to their own conclusions, six months ago For Argyll published this article – A serious must-listen: Paul Younger on keeping the lights on – courtesy of Radio Four  – the first time we had heard of him and in which we had found him galvanic and inspirational to the point of feeling that we had to draw attention to his knowledge and his attitudes. [Note: The Radio Four show is sadly now beyond recall.]

For the record, For Argyll has serious reservations about fracking – less in theory than in pracice. The reservations come from knowing that in Scotland, as in the rest of the UK, pragnatism rules and environmental protection goes to the wall where the dollar signs loom large. The intentional failure to police adequately the operations of the aquaculture industry is an example of this tendency.

Our concerns focus almost exclusively on the disposal methods to be employed to deal safely with the very large volumes of toxic fluid wastes which the process of fracking produces.

However, at the same time, For Argyll is on the record as seeing that the only way that the Scottish Government is likely to have a chance of paying for its increasingly extravagant spending promises and limited current ability to raise tax revenues to sustain them – is to licence fracking.

We have identified this as a major political ‘rock and hard place’ entrapment into which the Scottish Government’s contradictory actions have placed itself.

Professor Younger has said that the Scottish Government is putting itself in a position of appearing anti-science; that some young scientists no longer want to work for the Scottish Government because they fear seeing the results of their work buried if they depart from support for the politically convenient stance of the moment; and that he will  not work for them again himself.

None of this reflects well  on a potentially independent Scotland or on the SNP Scottish Government  – and none of it is likely to impact on the unquestioning worship of the faithful.

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  • What a load of cobblers!

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    Nae Fear Here May 16, 2016 8:21 pm Reply
  • Ahhh, the return of the cyber-nat cretins. Is that all you can say? Well, what more can we expect?

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    Oban4me May 16, 2016 9:06 pm Reply
    • Fact-a load of cobblers.

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      Nae Fear Here May 16, 2016 9:30 pm Reply
      • NFH/Jazz, do you work for Ms McAlpine or are you just one of life’s losers?

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        Richard May 16, 2016 10:21 pm Reply
  • The SNP stance on fracking is most bizarre when you add in their stance on GM crops.

    For fracking, the justification for delaying the start of fracking is for more research to be carried out.

    In the case of GM crops, they didn’t even bother with the science – and decided on a ban with no democratic debate, no manifesto commitment and, in fact, virtually no evidence at all.

    I think we all know the SNP will eventually support it – meanwhile it costs jobs and our economy suffers.

    I’m fairly on the fence regarding fracking – but what I can’t quite reconcile is any party who is completely opposed to fracking, but will not and probably has never campaigned against drilling for North Sea oil – something that is likely equally dangerous, and has caused all sorts of disasters over the years – in Scottish waters and elsewhere.

    Mature debate however is not something the SNP are strong at – it’s their view or no view. And Scotland is the worse for it.

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    JB May 16, 2016 10:27 pm Reply
    • And North Sea wells have routinely been fracked for years.
      They use the process, amongst other purposes, to stimulate further output from elderly wells.

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      newsroom May 16, 2016 11:18 pm Reply
      • There has to be a big difference between fracking wells under the North Sea and fracking wells under half the populations homes. Well, there is to all right thinking people but not to the greedy politicians and capitalists who just want more and more cash.
        A small country like ours can manage on what we have until we can develop these deposits economically and safely.
        There has been an interesting joint industry project carried out in the North Sea called WIN-WIN (Wind powered Water Injection). This uses a large but mobile wind turbine that is hooked directly to water injection pumps. Trials where it was tied into two injection wells met their targets over an extended period injecting an average of 40,000 barrels a day.
        This will prove advantageous in older wells, where fuel gas is not available in sufficient quantities to feed the generators, and for wells that are some distance from existing platforms as is the case with many fields in deeper water.
        It’s not all over yet, no rush to set the country on fire.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 17, 2016 12:04 pm Reply
        • Murdoch, you appear to object to fracking underground. But coal mmining under homes was okay? Aircraft flying directly overhead is okay?

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          JB May 17, 2016 12:34 pm Reply
          • You rush in without reading. I said, “A small country like ours can manage on what we have until we can develop these deposits economically and safely.”
            There are times of need and times of plenty. This is a time of plenty for Scotland as far as energy goes. Lets leave our underground deposits until we need to get down to them again. Not when some Capitalist or a government tied hand and foot to the Banksters want to steal them from us.
            This professor wants to set fire to our coal seams as well. We’ve seen what fire can do already this month. Sometimes Professors really are Mad Professors.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 17, 2016 1:22 pm
          • Scotland does not have a surplus of energy; gas production is declining and sticking with the government’s inexplicable policy on wind power means more gas will be needed to load follow the variable output of turbines.

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            db May 17, 2016 2:19 pm
          • Even the Pandas disagree with your figures, all households needs covered by renewables. Oil, Gas, you name it we have so much we give it away for nothing.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 17, 2016 9:23 pm
      • Totally different type of fracking is involved in oceanic or landbased oil production… totally different type of geology… totally different depths… totally different …. blah, blah….

        a bit like saying salt and sugar taste the same.

        As for MM’s comments on the economics of developing our oil reserves …. you are on a totally different planet…. WIN-WIN ???? older wells… ??? humbug matey… you canna squeeze a sponge with a bucket of water…. you need gas. And that why re-injection of CO2 could work. QED… anyhow, its not commercially viable (for us) when the likes of Iran, Iraq and Saudia are looking at a cost of $7 pb from un taped reserve to the tank of your car……… and our best…very best wells are around $30 pb from reserve to the petrol pump….
        You make a little more sense when you moan on about the cost of shortbread and the demise of the clan system MM.

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        Karl Hughes May 17, 2016 5:19 pm Reply
        • You need gas, my erky. Gas aeration can help wells flow better but water is far better at maintaining pressure than any gas. I was taught that when I was eleven.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 17, 2016 6:35 pm Reply
        • Self deprecating Cobblers!

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          Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 8:09 pm Reply
  • Foreign Argyll assisted by dick and Oban . Two Tory twats.

    SNP won get over it!

    SNP will stand multi candidates 1& 2 and even 1, 2 & 3 in each constituency in ABC, pushing the Tories out , sorry independents out. ABC will be SNP next year. Breslin will try and join the SNP with the help of Russell against party rules as he cant get elected any other way. More existing Councillors will try and join the SNP also. The will be left to fry in their own juices.

    Still Poor dick.

    SNP win.

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    No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 12:40 am Reply
    • The SNP ‘won’ in 2012 and look where it got us; a bunch of mercenaries slitting each others’ throats or their own at the behest of a diseased party system, leaving Argyll and Bute back in the hands of an equally diseased hierarchy the voters had attempted to get rid of. Party politics is anathema to local government.

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      db May 17, 2016 2:29 pm Reply
    • NHC…. you and your ilk are the reason Scotland is still in the UNION matey… well done and ta…
      Anything constructive to add, no ? thought not. 🙂

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      Karl Hughes May 17, 2016 5:24 pm Reply
      • Iraqi Karl

        Expects us to pay for the NHS etc while he is paying nae tax.

        Foreign Argyll holds onto the rukipp’s

        If RUK votes out will you move to your homeland or head to Switzerland or reside in Scotland in Europe

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        No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 6:31 pm Reply
  • Oban cretin. Don’t choke in your corny flakes.

    Foreign argyll – bad news.

    Some good news for the ruk exchequer.


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    No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 8:44 am Reply
  • NCH

    Once once more an ill informed input from NCH .

    (1) TOTAL took the investment decision for this Shetland development in 2010, when Brent was climbing through $80 as Brent moved to its 2012/2013 highs.

    (2) Earlier this year TOTAL indicated that, with the benefit of hindsight, with Brent trading at its current low’s it possibly was not their wisest investment.

    (3) BP has just put its comparable $500Mill Shetland Project on hold ” due to the fall in global oil prices”

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    Scotnat May 17, 2016 11:59 am Reply
    • Even more cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 3:15 pm Reply
    • True enough SN… I had an interview and acceptance on the BP job… might have been nice to work a 3:3 in Shetland…and then the letter came back that the project is on hold… I remain on file… anyhow, the glass is half full just had a pay rise ( bit of a rareity just now in the oil industry) and I continue to work on my sun tan here in 46c + bonnie Basrah.

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      Karl Hughes May 17, 2016 5:29 pm Reply
    • Magnified Cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 8:02 pm Reply
  • The Radio 4 programme with Professor Younger is still available to listen to on iplayer and to download as mp3 file, click here.

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    db May 17, 2016 2:13 pm Reply
    • Prof.Younger excels in Cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 3:19 pm Reply
      • Thank you for your commentary; you’ve clearly given it a lot of thought.

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        db May 17, 2016 4:26 pm Reply
  • Are ‘No Cheese Here’ and ‘Nae Fear Here’ related?
    Incest, by any chance?

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    Robert Wakeham May 17, 2016 4:57 pm Reply
    • Not even worth wondering about Robert. Ignore them and either they just look stupid and rather pathetic, or they go away. Either is a good result.


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      JB May 17, 2016 7:07 pm Reply
    • Uber Cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 7:50 pm Reply
  • Wacko Nope. Although sexual innuendo is something you seem to be keen on. Were you in the services (metaphorically speaking)

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    No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 6:25 pm Reply

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