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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Iraq ? more problems ? I don’t think its in any doubt that this part of the world will have more problems…
I accept that there would be no assistance from the UK govnt… it takes a bit of soul searching to come to places like this … something I would not expect your ilk to understand….somebody needs to come here…and some of us were asked to come here by Iraq.
You individuals are part of the problem NC/K… you can never be expected to be part of the solution… you simply do not have the necessary skills or life experience.
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Jazz, you and your policies are in fact condemning more innocent and desperate people to death.
Merkels economic based decision is condemning more “migrants and “refugees” to abuse and death while seeking to travel to the EU.
Taking “real” desperate cases into our countries can alleviate some of the hardship these people are going through ( Families/Old/Young) solving these issues at source is the only realistic humanitarian option that makes sense… multiplying the aid given to the UN camps, vetting at these camps for the most needy cases… these camps are safe Jazz, have you ever visited a refugees camp ??? I have, many.
The countries dealing with the Middle Eastern strife and at breaking point are Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon these should be the benefactors of much needed foreign aid… and that is what we are providing and plan to provide more of, not only tents and clothes…but also teachers and doctors… the refugees in these camps are with people of the same ethnic and cultural background…and that helps these people with some semblance of normality until the issues raised by IS are resolved…
To answer your initial question as to if I “sleep at night” yes I do… 3 or 4 years ago when the local Shia and Sunni where knocking shit out of each other I did not sleep so well… but Basrah is now a dammed sight more peaceful than then, safe even… the economy is growing and the infrastructure is coming back online… there are no starving or suffering people here now… yet daily young guys, the educated and professional folk are packing up and moving with the exodus north towards Europe… this has implications for us at home, but also massive implications for Iraq… its is causing a national brain drain … a drain on Iraqi national resources that is filled by foreign workers like myself.
And now because a photo of one of the thousands of dead children has hit home at your previous head in the sand mentality, the left… narcissistic, “I” really care factions are stuffing these people …you feel en mass that you have to be seen to “care”… if you cared you would not be asking these people to risk all in some sort of EU green card lotto death walk…. Wake up and open you dammed eyes.
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So what do you suggest Mr Jazz ?
Do we take the refugees or do we take the economic migrants ? or both ? hows about some thought out comments from you ….
Merkel has put all of the exodus parties in the same pot, lessening the available support for the refugees from war and giving more to the migrants from poverty…. at some point we have to make choices as to who we can help,….oh and if you have not noticed Germany and Austria have now too shut their borders…
There is nothing nationalist or racist about what I have posted… realist yes.
Far from saving peoples lives…Merkel has sentenced more people to death in the Med and crossing the Sahara.
Maybe you would like to contribute to the solution to all of this hardship Jazz…maybe you have some thoughts of your own……then again, maybe you do not.
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