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Comment posted on Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash by Webcraft

As I have pointed out twice now to a deafening silence, one of the directors of ForArgyll not only has a property on his estate that has benefited from windfarm cash towards its upkeep but he is also is part of a community group that intends to erect a windfarm.

Now, to my mind taking money from an industry you pretend to despise is more compromising than taking money from an industry you openly support – and WWF, FOE and RSPB haver been open supporters of wind (subject to practical environmental constraints).

So, does that mean ForArgyll is ‘severely compromised’? By the daft values espoused in this article , I would suggest that it does.

The whole premise of the article is flawed. Charities such as WWF and FOE would presumably not be criticised if they received donations from Shell or BP, but if they receive donations from the evil wind industry then they are beyond the pale.

Either this is utter nonsense or ForArgyll is ‘severely compromised’ – one or the other, your choice.

Webcraft also commented

  • WWF, FOE and RSPB have always been publicly in favour of wind power, subject to what each deems as suitable environmental constraints. No real conflict there.
  • This whole thread has become very silly

    I beg to differ – it has been silly since the start.

    Silly first beause of the faux outrage that triggered the headline. Many (most?) businesses donate to charities. It is entirely logical that that they would give to charities who’s objectives they agree with, or even share!

    Silly secondly because of Newsroom’s sweeping statement We now discount – without reading or listening – anything or anyone promoting wind as ‘clean green energy’. – a clear trumpeting of a closed mind if I ever heard one.

    And silly thirdly – of course – because of the increasingly banal remarks by Malcolm Kirk.

    Best let this ‘discussion’ sink into the obscurity it so richly deserves.

  • . . . please remember this is still (just) a debate – not a mutual anti-wind backslapping forum.

    I think you could be mistaken 🙁

  • ForArgyll posed as a news site but has turned into an endless series of higly slanted opinion pieces dominated entirely by one voice and one opinion, Newsroom’s.

    As long as we are all aware of that . . .

  • I already ‘named names’ in my first post on the subject, which was widely ignored.

    ForArgyll’s ‘Internet Director’, Charles Dixon-Spain is involved in the community aquisition of Stronafian Forest with a view to putting up a windfarm and making lots of money (for the community) from it.

    The Trust are hoping to purchase the forest in Spring/Summer 2012 by a combination of commercial forest lease and grant funding. (Grant funding means public money Malcolm).

    The windfarm will be an extension to Cruach Mhor Windfarm and will be 49.9% owned by the Trust and 50.1% by Carbon Free.

    Mr. Dixon-Spain is one of the prime movers behind this project. He also owns Dunans Castle, the bridge to which has been maintained by contributions to the Dunans Charitable Trust from the existing Cruach Mhor windfarm community benefit fund.In addition, the windfarm fund has also paid for signage at Dunans Castle, which Mr. Dixon-Spain runs as a commercial enterprise selling titles and ‘lairdships’ over the internet.

    Now, unlike you Malcolm I have no objection to the community in Glendaruel getting involved in a windfarm project, and I am pleased to see that the community – including Mr. Dixon-Spain – is benefiting from the existing community benefit fund (or ‘bribe’ as you and Newsroom would probably prefer to call it).

    What I do object to is the hypocracy of ForArgyll in taking a ‘no-compromise’ anti-wind stance in light of this. It is obvious that this stance is being driven soley by ‘Newsroom’ and that ForArgyll’s internet director is unaware of or prepared to ignore these increasingly strident anti-wind policy statements.

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