Comment posted on Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash by Karl Hughes
Hi…surely it is up to the developer to ‘assess the impact of the argyll array’ and up to the developer to consult with the local community…we ask the questions based on available information and in some cases have to draw on the mass of pro and anti information available…why? because trying to get answers from SPR, Marine Scotland, Historic Scotland, SNH, RSPB,A&B council or the Scottish Government is worse than trying to squeeze blood out of gabbro…
‘There is some evidence that wind farms alter their local climates. The latest report is evidence of slight warming at night under them. But the evidence is weak and equivocal.’…I suggest you check the available facts..the size and location of existing wind power stations that have had study’s relating to nano and micro climate change completed ‘prior’ to construction…
In regards to rhetoric we are seeking answers to questions that have not been answered…trying our best to bring the subjective into the light of objectivety.
You might also like to investigate the unique nature of both the Tiree Array and it’s geographical relationship to an Island community…that may be forced to live in it’s wind shadow…I also refer you to the letter I have posted in For Argyll.
You may not be aware that there is currently no provision in any future EIA for study of local climate change implications and there is currently no legislation that states this should be investigated.
Scottish Power Renewables are doing their best to comply with only bare minimum of existing legislation…this is a corporate fiscal decision and has nothing to do with the expansion of a responsible development of the existing environmental licensing framework.
Given their corporate stance on climate change and Scottish Power Renewables much publicised green credentials, I would have thought the company would embrace the opportunity to ensure that any ‘possible’ future consequences to the climate of Tiree would be of some importance to them.
To negate the issue once it has been raise by a community that they are duty bound to consult with, is deeply disturbing…if a perceived problem is highlighted: it is a recognised corporate responsibility issue to both investigate it with vigor and, openly discuss it with the possibly affected party, in this case the: 800 or so folk who live on Tiree.
I also refer you to BBC News today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17871300 Wind farms affect local weather
This is an issue we will pursue with total commitment, it is an issue which could directly affect our agricultural sector.
I would have prefer to expand on the issue of ‘local micro climate change’ via consultation with the developer, the community have tried their best to get SPR onboard, but again no two way consultation is offered by either SPR’s Tiree based liaison officer or SPR’s ghuru’s in Glasgow.
I am a deep believer in cause and effect…and as with the Great Northern Diver issue I will also pursue this issue to what I view is a satisfactory conclusion…the GND issue was highlighted by NTA and may have indeed caused the delay recently announced by SPR…hopefully this issue will also make sure they step up their game…or at least start communicating with Tiree…
Hounding SPR and the governmental licencing agents over issues that will completely change our home isle should be part of a democratic system. If SPR and the powers that be show that there is no reason to object to the Array…so be it. But what would you have us do ? sit back and watch our home change and just say ‘Yes’ ?…be neutral and take whatever comes our way ? this is not how the real world works…SPR have come to our home uninvited…we intend that we dictate the route of any change by saying ‘NO’…
plus or minus 1c is the difference between freeze or thaw, liquid or boil…how much is the global climate expected to change during the next 8 years ?
Karl Hughes also commented
- THE chief executive of environmental campaign charity Friends of the Earth Scotland will leave the organisation next week.
Stan Blackley has been at the helm of the organisation for just a year, after he took over from former chief executive Duncan McLaren. He will leave on Tuesday. “During this period, Stan has also improved the organisation¹s financial situation, maintained its public and media profiles and delivered considerable campaigning activity.
Anotherone bites the dust…and this comes upon Iain Grays sensible retort in regards to the SNP renewables policy being out of touch with reality…(Alex…whan questioned about the viability of his renewables crusade simply ‘winked’ and said “believe”…YOU COULD NOT MAKE THIS UP
- “Scotland’s top civil servant has been accused of acting like “an SNP lackey” in a fierce attack on his political impartiality. In rare public criticism of a leading mandarin by all three opposition parties, Sir Peter Housden, the Scottish Government permanent secretary, was accused of “failing to uphold” the impartiality of the civil service”.
Do they all dance to the tune ? When a number of NTA members managed to get a meeting with the civil servants of Marine Scotland…we were told the following when we pointed out a long list of failings in the current licencing system…”…we are understaffed, over worked & under pressure from upper government (SNP) to be the open stop shop for offshore wind…” Just what is going on in Hollyrood…are we really heading into the realms of power facism…it seems this SNP government is even ignoring the civil service…?
- Totally agree with this point…if we want change we know it is going to hurt…integrated public transport and only one car per household would start to put things on the right track…
We are all barking up the wrong tree…dancing to the needs of big business and not the needs of the planet.
- Unfortunatelly the weather is horrid here.
Lateral thinking ?
Maybe the simplest policy for all is that all windfarms however big or small are decided on a case by case basis…by the affected encumbant communities or land users. They should decide on ‘if’ they want a development on their doorstep, in their hills or on their shores. ? what benefits they require in exchange…and though this might cause an explosion of replies (playing the devils advocate)remove all tax payer subsidies from all power manufactures…and impose a Tax for energy waste on all home and business owners, all architects and all designers of modern electrical appliances. Lower duty on hauliers, and public transport companies…and seriously investigate why a family of 4 living in the same house needs 4 cars…
And while we are on it BAN all high octane motor sports much as we have banned smoking ! maybe that will get somebodies attention…
This would remove much of the debate…and prick up a few ears !
I am just throwing some questions out into the ether.
- Or Alternatively we could have ‘small group of under 16′s seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash’ get real webcraft
This was an idea the kids came up with…good effort I say, they must have got the idea from the wee eck…for he is leading by example…ultimately they could be the people who have to live with the consequences for the next 30 or so years…!!
Given the 3 or so years of stress we have already had on the island (something that is being noted by the islands medical proffessionals) and no doubt affects our children too…I think it shows the strength of feeling in our community when 80% of the children are against the array…
Its only a junior version of phoning a foreign owned news group for votes or supporting a foreign developers purchase of a links for golf development.
As it happens…the windfall fund (Community turbine) has generated some of the cash instead…obviously Iberdrola can’t or won’t afford to help them at the moment !
But I will save your suggested headlines just incase. Thanks
Or Alternatively we could have ‘small group of under 16′s seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash’ get real webcraft…you really do get up in the mornings and have windmills with your porridge don’t you ?
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Tiree has had a baby boom over the last 5 years…seems the intake in pre-5 is on the up…don’t have exact figures…but certainly the school is sustainable
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This is an article on re- processing…not generation ! FYI the Argyll Array estimated cost is 7.6 billion….thats before a milli amp is generated.
And there is Gas plus Englands own wind industrialisation…drive
The fact remains why would the rUK buy from Scotland when they can get it cheaper from across the Channel or their home market….we don’t even have the grid to export…who will pay for that…England, naw…dont think so.
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Scotland gets indy from the rest of the United Kingdom….and then outsources governance services across the border or to the EU….we pay more. DVLA and Currency just small ( LMAO ) examples….lets face it we are joined at the hip…the nationalist dream is built on insecurity and greed for the black stuff….what a burach…
When the oil goes…for whatever reason…Salmond thinks we can export electricity to the UK and EU from our swaths of turbines….why would anyone pay for this when they have secure energy in nuke.
The SNP are digging a large black hole that will be populated by quangos and empty promises, and capped by handouts and begging letters….LMAO
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MR RUSSEL ,
Seems to me that the you have not made any point at all…simply squirmed your way into the political vacous speel that you and your ilk always revert to…Simply correct anything you see as subjective….Politics and politicians … your self included seem to have forgot you work for us…the folks who pay your wages…so earn your coffers and put some meat on the NEWSIE post……
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And lets thank all junior doctors in Oban and further afield for working long hours for a pittance of reward…the helicopter crews for acting with continuing professionalism…and Tesco’s for their wonderfull prime pork sausages…..
Suggest MM reads the following before he blows a gasket.
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