Comment posted Another part of the cost of the A83 closure by Robert Wakeham.
Ferryman, I’m talking about a temporary link to reduce the damage (and bring home to the Government the cost of it) when the land route out of Kintyre is disrupted – the issue of permanent ferry links to Campbeltown is a different matter.
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- Thought you’d gone, Malcolm, Ireland awaits?
- A word of caution, Malcolm, you need to prepare yourself mentally for your arrival in Ireland, there’s no shortage of windfarms there, and as you’ll be a guest in their country it might be wise to go easy on spreading the Gospel According To Malcolm.
- Malcolm, I don’t see my remarks as abusing ‘Ferryman’ as much as defending my position against people who seem bigoted, intolerant, sometimes plain oafish, and reluctant to consider any point of view beyond their own. My criticism of you is that you set yourself up as an authority but don’t do your homework – and cheerful style doesn’t make up for false claims presented as gospel.
- ‘Serious questions’ in your mind, maybe, Malcolm, but you have built up something of a history of presenting your opinions as definite fact, or under or overstating the case for something according to your preferences, rather than reality. For example, your response to Scots Renewables’ first comment on your post 11 above: ‘…some areas round Orkney…how much power are you going to get from that little lot’ – it’s called the Pentland Firth, Malcolm, and I think that you could get rather a lot of power from it. I’m sure you’ll dig up the figures, and if it’s not worth a damn in the bigger picture I’ll buy you one of those seaside windmill toys for Christmas.
- The challenge of electricity storage, in the context of windfarms, seems to have been causing a lot of head-scratching for quite a long time, and presumably maximum effort is being put into researching the hydrogen generation option, given the effect this would have on justifying further intermittent energy developments – and on Malcolm.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- McGrigor supports small scale hydro schemes but is concerned about lack of grid connectivity
If not ‘bitter’, then how about ‘negative’, ‘petty’, or just plain miserable?
Effective ways of providing energy for this country is an increasingly fraught subject, with government commitment to ‘green’ power leading to the perception that our politicians are swimming with sharks, and a proliferation of wind farms that are good for some sectors of the local economy but which are a major cause of price inflation.
And the Kintyre / Arran power emergency this spring served to highlight the fact that large scale wind generated electricity can be likened to a rough single malt – no use unless it’s blended with other spirit to make it palatable.
I live in hope that SSE’s Sound of Islay tidestream power project will prove more user-friendly – as are the hydro power plants described by Jamie McGrigor, as far as I can gather.
Here in mid Argyll we’re being shown the next windfarm proposal – 25 turbines for Electricite de France above Brenfield, which would form a backdrop to Ardrishaig, and would be so close to the recently unveiled proposals by E.ON for up to 24 turbines above Inverneill as to be semi-detached.
That’s up to 49MW plus up to 90MW, that would all presumably have to be ‘blended’ with power from elsewhere to make it digestible, and if anyone thought that ‘fast breeder’ only referred to a type of nuclear reactor, just look at the emerging cluster of wind farms south of Ardrishaig.
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
Doesn’t the SPTE have a remit to co-ordinate public transport provision here? – maybe I’m imagining it, or maybe they’re just pretending, or maybe they’re only really interested in Strathclyde bus services and the Glasgow subway (on the basis that only a tiny proportion of voters use the Gourock ferries, and politics is all)
- 31 hour shout Tobermory Lifeboat’s longest ever, ending in joint operation with Oban lifeboat
The Oban Times reported on 6th June on the MAIB report on a similar incident last July when a small container ship rammed the Isle of Bute, and apparently legal action is ongoing.
- Refloated cargo ship MV Fri Ocean escorted to Lynn of Lorne – and on into Oban
Not being a mariner, I wonder why – in this day and age of almost universal use of radar (and GPS?) for navigation – ships don’t seem to be equipped with a proximity alarm, a bloody great klaxon fit to waken the dead, that is triggered if the boat closes with an identifiable hazard.
It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
Considering how all the wind farm developers are so keen (and can clearly afford) to provide substantial funding to help local community ventures, this is surely a prime example of an exceptionally good local cause with national significance.
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