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.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- 4 decades on, new report literally takes stock of jellyfish in UK waters
‘…can be kept as pets’ – are they affectionate?
- Chancellor announces £19 million for life sciences in Glasgow to Commonwealth Games business audience
And these publicly funded enterprises would be more successful than the Portavadie platform building yard, would they?
- Transport Scotland confirms repair plans with Historic Scotland for Fort William’s Old Fort
Not sure how it falls within the remit of Transport Scotland, there must be more to this story than is apparent.
- Triumph for Helensbugh CHORD as Summer Festival gets going
There is inspiration in this country – for example a SAGE (Sow and Grow Everywhere) project in Glasgow on Shuttle Street, making use of an empty site where the new academic research buildings are going up just east of the Merchant City – where the Greyfriars Garden ‘pop up allotment’ that hasn’t popped down again (yet) is open the next two weekends 12 midday to 4 pm.
- British Virgin Islands presents stamp to HMS Argyll in tribute to long relationship
I think you just have to put it down to Willie indulging in a mega-whinge day – not so much a bee in his bonnet as one of those American killer hornets.
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