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Comment posted Fife Council joins Aberdeenshire in asking for suspension of wind farm applications by jake.

I just find it ironic that we’re replacing trees and forests with windfarms and claiming it cuts down on CO2. Clearly the tax breaks for forestry aren’t lucrative enough to compete with the wind power subsidies.

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  • I’m sure you are right and that the FC have all sorts of plans to see an increase in forestry. The fact remains however that they are selling off parts of the national forest estate to the private sector, albeit that they claim these parts to be peripheral and non-core. It’s true of course that some of this land will remain as a forestry investment by the new purchaser for the indefinate future ( ie for as long as the subsidies and tax incentives remain attractive), but it is also true that many purchasers ( and in particular I mean the energy companies who are VERY active in this market) are buying up the land with an eye to future use as possible wind farm sites when their obligations for the tax breaks and subsidies have been met and the forest can be felled. In much the same way as supermarkets are buying up out of town land not for immediate but for possible future development, so too the energy companies are buying up as much forest as they can lay their hands on as a short term place to invest their cash, a medium term cash generator at felling and thereafter as a land asset that can be used to site wind turbines. Energy companies that are investing in forestry land are not putting their money in planting or replanting.

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