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Malcolm: Actually I didn’t suggest Mongolia for …

Comment posted Another part of the cost of the A83 closure by Robert Wakeham.

Malcolm: Actually I didn’t suggest Mongolia for anything, let alone the blades – it was the turbines that are shipped from China – Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, 400km WNW of Beijing. The blades ae sourced from the Vestas factory at Taranto, in the heel of Italy.
If you look at the Ardrishaig Community Trust website you’ll find an extensive photo album of the construction of this wind farm, with captions, which should correct any notions about lack of local employment, though of course there has to be ‘give and take’ – would you criticise McFadyen’s trucks on the road to and from Taranto because the drivers weren’t Italian?
Talking of claims and counter claims, your idea that ‘all our energy needs can be generated by normal means’ skates over the current debate about where we go when the remaining nuclear plants wear out, the gas is delivered at Putin’s whim, and coal remains a truly ‘dirty’ fuel.
Putting your money on fracking, and oil-fired power stations, perhaps?

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • Thought you’d gone, Malcolm, Ireland awaits?
  • A word of caution, Malcolm, you need to prepare yourself mentally for your arrival in Ireland, there’s no shortage of windfarms there, and as you’ll be a guest in their country it might be wise to go easy on spreading the Gospel According To Malcolm.
  • Malcolm, I don’t see my remarks as abusing ‘Ferryman’ as much as defending my position against people who seem bigoted, intolerant, sometimes plain oafish, and reluctant to consider any point of view beyond their own. My criticism of you is that you set yourself up as an authority but don’t do your homework – and cheerful style doesn’t make up for false claims presented as gospel.
  • ‘Serious questions’ in your mind, maybe, Malcolm, but you have built up something of a history of presenting your opinions as definite fact, or under or overstating the case for something according to your preferences, rather than reality. For example, your response to Scots Renewables’ first comment on your post 11 above: ‘…some areas round Orkney…how much power are you going to get from that little lot’ – it’s called the Pentland Firth, Malcolm, and I think that you could get rather a lot of power from it. I’m sure you’ll dig up the figures, and if it’s not worth a damn in the bigger picture I’ll buy you one of those seaside windmill toys for Christmas.
  • The challenge of electricity storage, in the context of windfarms, seems to have been causing a lot of head-scratching for quite a long time, and presumably maximum effort is being put into researching the hydrogen generation option, given the effect this would have on justifying further intermittent energy developments – and on Malcolm.

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