Comment posted Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash by Techroom.
Webcraft, I think Newsroom has really very adequately answered your query. However, in the interests of giving you my take on things: I read the article with interest, was disquieted by much of it, have filed some of it away to research more properly and moved on.
We have a very open editorial policy here, and as Lynda says both myself and John Patrick are very much more pro-wind than she is. However, in broad terms we adhere to the idea that everyone has a voice, and a view, if that view is contradictory, if it sits in a grey area of opinion, if it espouses a different view, then that is to be encouraged because it widens the debate and gives the conclusions one draws from it depth and strength. As you have so plainly put into the public view on this thread, I am committed to the community I live in, I chair an organisation which is acquiring a forest, and that organisation is also looking at a windfarm. As for Dunans Castle, you are conflating a social enterprise with a Charitable Trust, and it should be clearly stated here, that it was the charitable trust which benefitted from the funding from the Windfarm Trust, for which the Charitable Trust was very grateful.
So to your last paragraph: there is no hypocrisy at ForArgyll, only openness, both to a multiplicity of views and people, and to the right to express them. I’ll turn this around: why is it that you want to accuse us of these things? Why are you going for the messenger? Surely, what we need here is not a picking over of the personal, but the examination of a significant and worrying issue.
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