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Your concern over the extra costs in time …

Comment posted on Another part of the cost of the A83 closure by Malcolm Kirk

Your concern over the extra costs in time and money of bringing in the Allt Dearg wind farm blades is misplaced. There is no shortage of money available to cover all eventualities when it comes to wind farms. Each of these turbines are guaranteed over the next 20 years to receive £83,767.50 per annum in subsidies, approx £20 million over the supposed operational period plus we, the consumers, will have to pay twice the normal price for their electricity a further £167,535 per annum – so annual guaranteed income £251,302 per turbine with huge net profit margins for all concerned – cash cow – gravy train – call it what you like. So anyone switching on a light in a city housing scheme, or a pensioner on limited income boiling a kettle, will be paying the considerable profits allocated to these land owners and for a lick of paint over Ardrishaig. I’m sure they will be pleased to know they are contributing ?
The innocent will say – ‘but there must be benefits for the rest of society somewhere in there’
Afraid not. The machines themselves are probably all made abroad – Robert above in an earlier forum suggested Mongolia for the blades – where are the massive gearboxes manufactured ? – where are the transformers made ? – whose ships transported them here ?
Do any British businesses play a major part in the wind industry or does all our money go straight out of the country to Denmark, Holland, Spain, China ?
There was a wind farm built in the Galloway area where all 44 men on site were Spanish – perhaps we could have an accurate figure on these pages for the number of local men working on Allt Dearg and more especially how many will be employed on a daily basis when the installers have moved out.
So why are we already paying a billion pounds a year in subsidies plus anything from twice to nine times our normal electricity prices for worthless renewables.It all started with a failed American presidential candidate and grew like topsy until all politicians decided they could not be seen NOT to be saving the planet from Global warming, plus for some there was a lot of money to be made.
Over the last few weeks there have been several new claims and counter claims over whether or not the very modest increase in global temperature is just a normal cycle in the earth’s history or have we humans contributed. There are heavily vested interests determined to prove that the human race is totally responsible and that the world will end unless more windmills are built !
I commend you to the NETA website where you can see for yourselves all the info necessary to show that wind farm contributions to our energy supply is normally fairly pathetic – look at the July figures. All our energy needs can be generated by normal means – no Power Station will be shut down because of wind farms but the fact is wind farms need Power Stations – Power Stations don’t need Wind Farms.
Incidentally – a friend commented just yesterday that they had not realised that if the wind blows overnight and the the Grid can’t use the electricity generated from Wind Farms they are asked to shut them down – and here’s the rub – we still have to pay them for the electricity they haven’t produced – comes to millions per annum – nice one !
A rant against landowners and the good people of Ardrishaig – No. There’s not one of us given a few hundred acres would not be tempted to take advantage of the totally legal generation of income on offer.
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/~dcurtis/NETA.html
http://scef.org.uk/

Malcolm Kirk also commented

  • Robert – Here’s one I made earlier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoagogruVnY
    Doc and anyone still following this – Please read the Express Article – says it all really
    The Guardian deliberately misconstrued the evidence in that piece – patience – all will be revealed when I come back.
    How much renewable energy would I accept at the present rip off costs – NIL.
    I love the way you and SR keep implying I am being obsessive – no – just trying to work with honest decent people to establish fair play for the consumers in this country.
  • There is no subsidy given to fossil fuelled Power Stations.
    Which bits have SR and you been avoiding – where do we start :-
    Allt Dearg / Ardrishaig / gravy train / excessive subsidy income / exorbitant electricity costs / up to 9 times in some cases / massive massive guaranteed profits / ridiculous 20 year contracts / ever increasing household bills / community bribes / virtually nothing manufactured in this country / our money paid straight out to people abroad / actual jobs -mainly Spanish hot air / questionable man made global warming / NETA graphs proving the uselessness of wind power / July figures pathetic / present daily subsidy £27.4 million whether they generate or not / who else gets paid millions for not working / billion pound subsidies to be quadrupled/there is probably more !
    You have 45 lines in which to match my suggested topics with answers. And please don’t say you are too busy – you appear on all these Forums all too often for anyone to believe that.
    I am not a subscriber to the Daily Express but I have just been sent todays headline ” Energy bills to rocket by £300 pounds.
    Now I must go – all Ireland awaits !!!!

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/338051/Energy-bills-to-rocket-by-300

  • Almost forgot:- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9457102/George-Osborne-Britain-must-be-more-attractive-to-remarkable-oil-and-gas-industry.html
  • Morning ! You will be sad to learn that I am off later on a round Ireland trip in a 36 foot diesel guzzling 42 knot Red Bay fast RIB. OOOh Nooo I here you cry – yep – afraid so.
    Doc – I am worried about SR – he has been much quieter and less abusive than I am used to – do you think he is OK or are my well reasoned arguments finally getting through to him ?
    You, yourself, were asked and asked to give the contrary proposition to my mini thesis posted above as No 2 – that you have patently avoided doing so will be obvious to everyone following this Forum. You also failed to condemn Wind Farm operators who demand £800 from the National Grid for £55 of supposed losses – nothing to do with balancing – just sheer unadulterated greed.
    You will no doubt come up with some supposedly clever retort but I really think we can all see through you by now.
    Robert – I’ll let you get back to abusing the ‘Ferryman’ and saving up your pennies for your tunnel under the Clyde.
    Remember – keep a good sense of humour about you at all times !
  • Welcome back – you are nearer the truth than you think – Yes I have owned sailing boats since my teens – yes I was a Royal Yachting Offshore Instructor for twenty years – yes we had our own Sail Making business – yes my sons were two of Scotland’s top sailors – yes I am getting on a bit and yes my beard is fairly white. Does that make you feel good ? ( PS – I have also heard all the StarTreck jokes )
    However back to reality – if you were incompetent enough to allow your diesel tank to run dry so you were left floating around offshore with no means of propulsion then you would soon find other things were beginning to run out as well for example water / food / your crew’s sanity. You can live in your dreamworld lassie of always being supported by others who work their socks off, if you want – but in the yachting analogy I would make sure that until you thought things through properly and took proper responsibility for your actions, you would never go to sea with a crew gain.
    My Occupation – work 6 till 6 – walk two splendid dogs – build and fly radio controlled model aircraft – presently fitting out an old Cadet sailing dinghy for one of the kids at the local sailing club – make anti wind turbine videos and post to youtube – work on two thirds of an acre of garden with greenhouse etc – do as my wife asks (joke) etc etc. Check out achnandarrach youtube or:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyNDgoH5dBI
    SO WHAT DO YOU DO NORMA ?

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