Welcome to the Highlands

Welcome to the Highlands, the land of  sparkling Burns, The Heather hughed Glens, High Mountains where the Eagles soar, a land of Deer and Salmon, Kilts and Pipes. The Corbetts, the Grahams and the Monros. A place to revitalise the Spirit and the Soul. This is a land of proud people, people that will give any man the time of day.

But today a certain sadness pervades all. In a desperate drive for fame our politicians have sold Scotland and its wild places to the lowest bidder. The march of the wind factories is heard in the Glens. Tourism for Scotland is dead. Our way of life crushed beneath the greed of mostly foreign adventurers and aided by our Government and Planners.

This is the opportunity for all you to have your say and perhaps we will save something for our children.

The first great requisite of motive power is; that it shall be wholly at our command, to be exerted when, and where, and in what degree we desire.The wind, for instance, as a direct motive power, is wholly inapplicable to a system of machine labour, for during a calm season the whole business of the country would be thrown out of gear.

William Stanley Jevons (1865)

“God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.”

— John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

— John Muir

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A Massacre of the Danish Climate Policy -WWF

Apologies for the Google translation but hopefully you will get the gist. The weasels are squealing whilst reality has dawned!

Danes stop energy revolution

The Danish government wants to slow down the development of wind and solar energy. It takes more coal power in purchase to “relieve economy” the.

Parts of wind turbines

No longer in demand? Parts of wind turbines in Denmark Photo: dpa

STOCKHOLM taz | “What do you actually complained,” tweeted the weekend a local politician of the Danish Left: “The government only ensures that there will be not less but more offshore wind power.One must wait until the sea level has risen correspondingly simple. “

So much gallows humor had not others. “Idiots! I’m speechless, “said the former Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard. WWF climate chief John Nordbo spoke of a “massacre of the Danish climate policy”.


The fact that the ruling in Copenhagen quite liberal Venstre wants to end the former leadership of Denmark in climate policy, was already emerging.Slices, the climate targets of previous governments had been withdrawn since last year. Late last week, came the decisive change. One of the German EEG levy similar tax, which previously co-financed the transformation of energy, shall be deleted gradually from 2017th

This “PSO levy”, from the proceeds of which green investments in wind and solar power production are supported, had been introduced already 1998th In its present form it has existed since 2007. The PSO levy is essential responsibility for ensuring that Denmark with a wind power share of over 40 percent of electricity production now Wind power “champion” is. By 2050, Denmark should even be completely independent of fossil fuels.

Internationally Competitive

The PSO levy appears on the electricity bill of all Danish households and businesses and is designed so that it at a current price reduction of 2 Öre to 1 öre (0.13 euro cents) increases, decreases accordingly at a current price increase. Converted approximately one billion euros annually flow through it at present in the state treasury. The budget gap is now open to balancing the government with a corresponding retraction in the promotion of green electricity.

Specifically, this would mean that the plans would have to be stopped for five new offshore wind farms. “Our goal, Copenhagen by 2025” CO 2 neutral “to make is sabotaged,” said Jesper Pedersen, wind power chief of Hofor, the municipal energy company complained. The millions that have already been put into planning, were thus thrown away money. From an “unimaginable energy policy breach” spoke: Ján Hylleberg, director of the Wind Energy Industry Association. The Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall announced that it will stop its investments in Denmark, if the government implementing its plans.

JOHN NORDBO, WWF“A massacre of the Danish climate policy”

“Venstre” establishes the energy policy pivot so that industrial electricity consumers should be relieved to be internationally competitive again. “As we anticipate increasing power consumption, there is also a growing CO2 give emissions,” said environment minister Lars Christian Lilleholt.

Denmark industry have already much lower electricity costs than comparable EU countries like Germany, however, said Brian Vad Mathiesen, a professor of energy planning in Aalborg. Pranks to the PSO levy, it’ll be a real subsidy equal. Due to the lower electricity price levels, the energy transition for Danish consumers had so far come much cheaper than originally calculated, also stressed Ex-Energy Minister Lidegaard: therefore there is no reason to cancel the PSO.

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The Fifth Carbon Budget

Whilst the rest of Europe fails miserably to meet it’s targets the UK is still in thrall to the Climate acts. We do still have a lot of very stupid people in powerful positions in Westminster. The Fifth Carbon Budget resume by Christopher Booker makes uncomfortable reading. The Lunatics are still in charge of the Asylum despite the changes made in the Energy Act 2016. There is little point in adding to the detail in this  article so just click the link. Until such as Lord Debden (‘let them eat burgers’ Gummer) ,Tim (the trougher) Yeo and the ‘Baroness’ (FoE Climate Change Campaigner and Labour Peer) Worthington*are consigned to history, preferably in a locked and padded room, we will still have this festering sore supporting the “Science”(an oxymoron if ever there was) of Climate.  In reality what we have is a certain cadre amongst the political ‘elite’ and the Westminster village to whom stupidity and self interest sit close side by side. The infection of Groupthink engenders the image of sheeples rather that of Critical Thinking.

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*Lady Worthington launched Sandbag in 2008 to raise public awareness of and improve the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Initially Sandbag provided members of the public with a way of tackling climate change, enabling them to buy ETS permits and cancel them, meaning that European companies covered by the ETS would have to emit fewer greenhouse gasses. Since that time, Sandbag has changed and grown. With a general remit to ‘defend against climate risk’, Sandbag now focuses on researching and suggesting improvements to the ETS, how to phase out coal-fired power stations in Europe, and how governments and the EU can work to support Carbon Capture and Storage. Lady Worthington has been Sandbag’s Director since its foundation. 

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Energy Act Passed by Lords


As the Energy Bill which includes the removal of all onshore subsidies for new wind farm applications moves towards Royal Assent we need to address the next issue. All those existing wind farms that are still getting subsidies and could do for the next twenty five years. Simple remedy comes in two swathes. Reduce the ROCs entitlement from 0.9 per MW output to 0.4 or less halving at a stroke the income from subsidy and then repeal the climate act and reduce or remove the renewable obligation from energy retailers. As ROCs are a traded entity we would then have thousands of ROCs chasing a must smaller obligation, or none at all. This would reduce the value of ROCs to that of monopoly money. At a stroke the subsidy would be valueless and that cost would be removed from consumer and industry bills reducing fuel poverty and increasing the competitivity of our industry. For the Renewable Industry the Bubble would truly have burst!

The Battle is won but the War against Wind continues!

Latest news on the Energy Act 2016

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 May. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

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To Save the Environment are we actually damaging it?


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Cnoc an Neas – Truth will out

A short video produced for STAG Click to view

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Private water supplies at risk

Something else barely mentioned in the Wind farms’ PR onslaught

Save Straiton for Scotland

water drop

It’s now known that wind farm construction can have serious detrimental effects to water supplies. Two reservoirs and a water treatment works near Whitelees have been so badly polluted that they’ve been abandoned and a new water pipe brings water from the north of Glasgow to East Ayrshire at a cost to the public of £120 million.

If you have a private water supply and a wind farm is proposed in the area it is essential to find out where your supply is fed from. Wind farm companies should be monitoring water quality over a period of time taking account of differing weather conditions. We’ve found this rarely happens. Make sure there is a geohydrology report and contact the Environmental Health department at South Ayrshire Council if you have any concerns.

Wind farm construction which involves creating tracks, digging cable trenches, borrow pits (quarries, up to 4 metres deep at Knockskae), turbine bases (4 metres deep…

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What Energy Policy

An analysis by Euan Mearns


Private Fraser

And follow this by the Nuclear option:


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Wind farms are bad for the Environment – Official

Wind farm alters the local climate of a Scottish peatland

Dr Jeanette Whitaker, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Newly published research shows that the action of wind turbines has a measurable effect on the local climate, but this is unlikely to affect carbon storage in peatlands, where the majority of Scottish wind farms are located.

Scientists installing temperature and humidity sensors around wind turbinesResearchers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the University of Glasgow, Lancaster University and the University of Leeds placed a grid of more than 100 temperature and humidity sensors around wind turbines at ScottishPower Renewables’ Black Law Wind Farm in North Lanarkshire. Over six months, the scientific team took readings from the air every five minutes and from the surface and soil every 30 minutes, including during a period when the turbines were switched off for maintenance.

They found that when the turbines were operational at night the temperature around the turbines increased by nearly 0.2 °C and absolute humidity increased fractionally. The turbines also increased the variability in air, surface and soil temperature throughout each 24-hour cycle.

Susan Waldron, Professor of Biogeochemistry at the University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, said, “The trapped organic matter in peat bogs represents captured atmospheric carbon dioxide, which can help slow the pace of global climate change. A change in the atmospheric conditions of peatland could change their capacity to store carbon.”

Dr Jeanette Whitaker, a Plant-Soil Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology said, “In the UK, over half of all operational and planned wind farms are on peatlands which are important stores of soil carbon. This study has shown that whilst wind farms do change the local climate, changes are small and considerably smaller than many other natural variations caused by the landscape and vegetation cover. These microclimatic effects are therefore unlikely to affect carbon storage in peatlands.”

“It’s important to understand all the environmental effects of on-shore wind farms, as renewable energy is an important component of low-carbon energy systems for mitigating climate change whilst meeting society’s energy needs. This study contributes to the evidence base informing these decisions.”

Windfarm with micro sensors below the turbines
Above: Wind farm with micro sensors beneath the turbines (photo: Felicity Perry)

The study was supported by funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and access to Black Law Wind Farm was provided by ScottishPower Renewables.

The paper, titled “Ground-level climate at northern peatland wind farm is affected by wind turbine operation”, isopen access in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Additional information

Ground-level climate at a peatland wind farm in Scotland is affected by wind turbine operation. Armstrong et al2016 Environ. Res. Lett. doi: 11 044024

Staff page of Dr Jeanette Whitaker, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Aviation v. Wind Farms

Often referred to in these pages Aviation and wind farms don’t mix. Recently the family of an agricultural spray pilot in the US was awarded $6.7 million after he flew into a hastily erected unmarked, unlighted and unnotified met mast. It is by the grace of God that no similar accidents have yet happened in the UK. Back in the dark days where all the politicians thought that the world would stop on it’s axis if we didn’t cover the earth with wind farms, the RAF was routinely gagged by the introduction of the MOD Safeguarding organisation. Effectively an arm of Chris Huhne’s DECC, mitigation was the order of the day and that meant the RAF re-directing flying away from wind farms. Now as training of military aircraft is inherently risky and therefore performed over high open wild unoccupied terrain, that caused a dichotomy. Wind farm developers want to build them on high open wild and unoccupied terrain. In Wales, in a major training area, a wind farm was built after the MOD Safeguarding forgot to oppose the planning application until the last minute and then decided unilaterally it would upset the developer as he had done all the application preparation. It leads one to question whether the “Safeguarding” unit was to safeguard military pilots or the wind developers profits. Before the creation of the MOD Safeguarding most wind farms were opposed by the local military airbases. After the civil servants took over opposition was silenced. Of recent years and post the loss of two crews in the Moray Firth, opposition based on the impact to radar has regularly surfaced, often dealt with by a Section 75 planning obligation stating that a wind farm cannot be constructed until the radar issue is addressed to the satisfaction of the MOD. Interestingly two of the recent wind farms referred to by the Lords in their defence of subsidy, Sorbie Hill and Twenty Shilling Hill are both frozen on this basis. Their Noble Lords are either indifferent to pilot safety or mislead by the lobbyists from the Developers. Profits before pilots?

Now quietly we have learned that many RAF pilots have been raising serious concerns and a recent article, well publicised in Australia but ignored by the AGW compliant BBC, has come to light and is produced here:

Air disaster in the making: RAF pilots have almost 60 close-calls with wind farm
Sunday Express
Paula Murray
20 September 2015

RAF pilots flying over Britain have come close to mid-air disaster because of wind farms on almost 60 occasions in the past five years.

A “shocking” military dossier reveals a catalogue of potentially catastrophic air safety incidents, many of them related to unlit turbines and new or uncharted developments.

However, the Ministry of Defence withheld more information on national security grounds meaning the real number could be much higher.

Last night, campaigners called for an urgent review of the mapping and lighting of wind turbines to prevent a fatal crash involving a low-flying aircraft.

The 59 near-misses were classified from negligible to high in terms of severity with 15 cases – most of them from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray – in the high-risk category.

One Sea King helicopter captain revealed that search and rescue crews were having to manually update flight charts to keep pace with the renewables industry.

He said: “Occasionally up to a hundred amendments per cycle are required to be plotted and this must be repeated on up to a dozen copies of some charts.

“If a chart is used by the aircrew or becomes dog eared that chart must be replaced and the amendments re-done.

“On average, over a thousand hand plotted and written amendments are required per month, taking many hours of work.

“Cumulatively over a period of months or years the task becomes mindless, very onerous and extremely prone to error.”

One third of the reports were made by pilots or ground crew from Lossiemouth, which is often used for low-level training flights over the Scottish mountains.

A hazard report filed in September 2013 concerned an uncharted 300ft wind turbine, adding: “It is of particular concern as it is on the Inverurie Heli Lane into Aberdeen.”

It also noted that a single turbine marked on their charts had been “developed into a wind farm with over 10 turbines”.

Others relate to temporary anemometer masts, which are erected to measure wind speed. One Sea King report said: “Over the course of a 5 day detachment to Glencorse Barracks, Edinburgh, several unlit anemometer masts up to approx. 200ft were sighted… The masts were thin and difficult to see by day, and would have been near impossible to see at night being unlit.”

Last night, Scotland Against Spin spokeswoman Linda Holt said the catalogue of “shocking” incidents represented only the “tip of the iceberg”.

She added: “What about civilian aircraft, including private planes and helicopters, microlights and gliders? Aviation impact is yet another aspect of wind energy where public safety has been given short shrift.

“The problem of unmapped or unlit turbines and masts is the result of the subsidy-driven frenzy in speculative wind development since 2008.

“We know of a number of turbines and masts where aviation lights have not been fitted, or fail to function, despite being required by planning conditions. Taken together with inadequate mapping, it is only a matter of time before these unlit hazards cause fatal accidents.”

Ms Holt said ministers had to act now to prevent accidents and added: “This requires urgent action from the Energy Minister Fergus Ewing if he is not to have blood on his hands.

“He should order an immediate review of the mapping and lighting of all operational wind turbines in Scotland. A comprehensive inquiry into aviation incidents involving turbines and masts should also be undertaken with the aim of improving future planning and enforcement and reducing unnecessary risks to pilots and the public.”
Sunday Express

As an old, if not bold, pilot of the past and whose son is a professional pilot flying photographic and survey flights in the UK, I am happy to declare an interest. Not only military pilots; MOD Safeguarding once told me that military pilots are trained to see and avoid(like the rest aren’t?); but general aviation; that catch all for everything from sunday fliers to crop sprayers; to helicopter operators; fly around this country every day often at relatively low level and often under VFR(Visual Flight Rules) Unfortunately the weather, like wind turbines, is intermittent and changeable and a pilot can be forced low by clouds into that nether area where wind turbines push their flailing blades into the area habitually populated by aviators where no fixed intrusion should be. I am quite aware of helicopter pilots in particular that have experience of an encounter with met masts and indeed turbines. The concerns expressed by some sixty military pilots in the UK alone suggests that people’s lives come very low in the priority for profits and the mistaken belief that wind farms will have a positive impact on Global warming. That those sixty reports are but the tip of an undisclosed iceberg is without doubt.

WT Crash

US fatal crash with a wind turbine.

As I say an accident looking to happen!

You may find this link interesting.

Texan Senate to Curb Wind Farms Threatening America’s Naval Aviators

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The BBC interview?

the green planet

Thanks to Josh!

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The Wind Industry’s Myth of Storing Mass Volumes of Power Busted (Again)

Politicians wet dreams! Practical application/consumption in MWhr for the UK is some 335 trillion per annum. Now how big a battery would you meed to store that?



Desperation is a stinky cologne: and the wind industry is drenched in it.

Having been rumbled over the fact that wind power depends on … wait for it … the WIND, the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers have resorted to wild claims about building giant batteries – that could soak up their product at times when the wind is blowing and there’s no market for it (ie night-time) and allow them to deliver it later, on demand. Trouble is, physics and economics have other ideas.

Is large-scale energy storage dead?
Energy Matters
Roger Andrews
8 April 2016

Many countries have committed to filling large percentages of their future electricity demand with intermittent renewable energy, and to do so they will need long-term energy storage in the terawatt-hours range.

But the modules they are now installing store only megawatt-hours of energy. Why are they doing this? This post concludes that…

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Wind Energy and Human Rights- An Australian Perspective

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Subsidy Sam, The Turbine

Subsidy Sam

The children’s Story that tells the truth about the turbines in contrast to the wind industry’s Tommy, the Turbine.

Subsidy Sam was big, one of the biggest turbines you could get.

He had spent the last year, since being built, dominating the village and bearing down on the local school, its pupils and staff.  Sometimes you could even see him flailing his arms about but a lot of the time he didn’t.  He was huge.  So big he could be seen for miles and miles.  Much further than the land owner, Lord Grabbit, a filthy rich coal mining baron, had said you would be able to.  He, with the developers Green Scam Renewables, had even shown pictures to the worried villagers of what Subsidy Sam would look like but it was really hard to see him in the misty distance in the developer’s photomontages.

But today Subsidy Sam was furious.  One of his arms had blown off and jagged bits of it were spread all over the school playground.  It was so windy.  Perhaps even a Force 9 gale.  Sam had been waiting for Green Scam Renewables to switch him off before he disintegrated but they had been waiting for the National Grid to ask them to switch him off first, so that they could claim the extravagant constraint payments to not generate.

Green Scam Renewables had misjudged it today and now Subsidy Sam stood broken with one arm missing and the other two hanging forlornly at his side.

It was a good job it wasn’t break time when the children would have been outside playing. With no enforced safety zone around this huge piece of industrial machinery and its whirling blades, it was very dangerous to be anywhere near him but no-one was telling the children that.  Subsidy Sam was their friend and would help save the world.  The nice wind developer man who owned Green Scam Renewables, Mr McWeasel, had told them that.  He had come to the school with the jolly round man from the government who was wearing a tie with turbines all over it.  They told the children that Subsidy Sam would save them and had frightened them all into thinking without him they were all doomed and the planet would die and so would they.

It was scary stuff.  It gave them nightmares.

Thank goodness for Subsidy Sam.

The French Head Mistress, Madame de Gaulle, was pleased to see Sam’s blade fly pass her study window at such speed and smash into a thousand pieces.  She was relieved that none of the children had been hurt but she was glad to see the broken turbine.  ‘Good riddance’ she thought.  She knew a waste of money when she saw it.  She hated Subsidy Sam, or SS as she preferred to call him, and had put up strong resistance to him being built but to no avail.  It made no difference that she objected when they pretended Sam was a community turbine.  No-one in the community wanted Sam but deceiving the local authority into thinking he was one was the only way they would be allowed to build him. She’d heard of burly men going round the village telling people not to object or else.

People were frightened so they didn’t.

Now when the sun shone she had to close the blinds in her study to stop the strobing from Sam’s blades hitting her desk and giving her throbbing headaches.

The compensation that was offered to the community by Green Scam Renewables was offensive.  How can they pay anyone enough to make up for not being able to sleep at nights because of the incessant thumping when Sam was having a party and waving his arms in the air?

Nothing could make up for that.

Even the people who want to sell up and move away can’t because when the potential buyers see Subsidy Sam they don’t even get out of their cars.  They just speed away without a backward glance.

The tourists have stopped coming.  They see Sam and ask,  ‘Why did you build that huge ugly thing near your pretty village?  We won’t stay here.  We will spend our money in places we like the look of and that’s not here.’

Once the foreign workers who built Subsidy Sam had left, the B&Bs and guest houses stayed empty, many people lost their jobs in the tourism industry because no-one came to visit any more.

The birds were happy to see Subsidy Sam immobilised because it meant they no longer had to take their lives in their wings to feed at the nature class bird table every time they passed him when he was having one of his Edward Scissorhands on acid moments.

The caretaker was pleased because he wouldn’t have to keep sweeping up all their feathers and body bits when they misjudged it.  However, all the oil that was leaking down Subsidy Sam’s leg and seeping across the playground was hard to scrub off.

The caretaker could never understand how a wind turbine so full of fossil fuels could ever be classed as clean and green.

Still, the oil was a greenish black colour – perhaps that is what people meant.  He was just a simple caretaker on minimum wage struggling to pay his energy bill with all these ‘green’ levies on them.  What did he know?

He had wanted to object to Subsidy Sam being built but he lived in a cottage on Lord Grabbit’s estate.  It had been suggested to him that he shouldn’t object in case his home became no longer available to rent.  Without his little cottage he wouldn’t have anywhere to live near where he worked, so he didn’t object.

Mr McWeasel wasn’t pleased because since Subsidy Sam’s arm had been liberated he was unable to get the juicy subsidy for any energy the turbine might have managed to produce or the very lucrative constraint payments.  He got those when he was told to switch Subsidy Sam off when there was low demand for electricity, too much wind and the grid was in danger of being overloaded and plunging everyone into darkness.

Why should he care that Subsidy Sam was intermittent and unreliable and didn’t give any energy security?  He got paid whatever.

Mrs McWeasel wouldn’t be pleased either as she was expecting her usual two months holiday in the Bahamas, new top of the range set of wheels and that stunning diamond necklace she had set her heart on.

Mr McWeasel would have a lot of explaining to do when he got home.  After all he had guaranteed his lovely young wife a life of riches and leisure all paid for by the spoils from Subsidy Sam.  It was no matter to him that fuel poverty had increased because the supplements to pay Sam’s subsidies had been added to the energy bills of everyone, even the poor, the elderly and the sick.

No matter to him either that the children and staff were in danger every day from Subsidy Sam’s flying components, that the birds were being sliced and diced, the bats were exploding, the leaking oil was polluting the school yard or that the lights were frequently going out so that the caretaker had to crank up the polluting diesel generator.  None of that concerned Mr McWeasel or the politicians he had hoodwinked into believing his windy propaganda.  They were so stupid even Mr McWeasel couldn’t believe he had got away with the wind con for so long.

Still, that looked like it had all come to an untimely end with Subsidy Sam now broken and useless.  No more subsidies available for new Sams because that pesky government over the border had stopped filling the subsidy trough.

‘Ah well,’ sighed Mr McWeasel.  It was time to move onto other things.  He had heard that there were good returns and subsidies operating banks of noisy toxic fume-belching diesel generators now.  All needed because the politicians had over-deployed on the weather-dependent subsidy suckers and under-deployed on reliable generation.  He would need to speak to Lord Grabbit and see if he could build them where Sam was, near the school.

Mrs McWeasel would still get her holiday, her new car and her diamonds.  Mr McWeasel might even treat himself to that yacht he had always wanted as well.

Saving the planet was no longer a priority – was it ever, Mr McWeasel?

© LW Anti Wind Activist April 2016


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Wind Turbine Infrasound: German Doctors Demand Shutdown of Turbines Within 3KM of Homes

Not in SNP Scotland though. Our politicians have proved time and again they have no respect for rural residents.


computer stethescope doctor

One of the myths pedalled by the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers is that Germans – who live cheek-by-jowl with thousands of these things – are not troubled in the slightest by incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound.

Yet again, as with wind industry propaganda in the main, the truth is a whole lot different.

Germans neighbouring wind farms (‘parks’ as they call them) suffer precisely the same range of illnesses, sensations and symptoms as people do all over the world.

Now, their Medicos – clearly conscious of their Hippocratic Oath – are demanding that turbines be shut down to prevent anymore wholly unnecessary harm.

German Wind Turbines “In Conflict With Health”  Physicians Recommend 3-Kilometer Minimum Distance!
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
26 March 2016

NDR German public television recently broadcast a critical report on the health effects of wind turbines  [for a rough translation, click on the ‘CC’ tab…

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JMT Submission to SAC

Scottish Affairs Committee
for Inquiry into Renewable
Energy Sector in Scotland March 2016

SAC John Muir Trust submission

An excellent submission which draws attention to the eschewed balance of the proposed enquiry in favour of the Wind Industry.

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Editorial from P&J on Aberarder refusal

P&J ring of steel

Reality has finally dawned and the messages that local communities have been raining down on planners and councillors have finally found a voice. I think Alan Sloman originated the first definition of the Loch Ness Ring of Steel and for that we will be eternally grateful. As to Cllr. Thomas Prag comment that another wind farm is perfectly acceptable as the turbines blend in with the ones behind, we would seriously suggest he visits Specsavers. Every time he opens his mouth he proves that he has been bought by the industry. This editorial from the Press and Journal identifies two aspects. That more wind farms are unacceptable in an area reliant on tourism and that the wind industry doesn’t understand democratic decision and will appeal to the Scottish Ministers. It won’t be Fergus Ewing, even if he retains his position, as it is in his parish and assumptions that it will be John Swinney are premature prior to the elections. We wait with some trepidation the outcome and the possibility of a hard line central belt windy being given Fergus’s job in the event of an SNP victory. The electoral system so favoured by Donald Dewar as a method to prevent a single party control has failed and in it’s failure has the serious implication of guaranteeing SNP control through the regional seats. The lack of an effective well regarded opposition compounds the problem. This has a very serious effect on local democracy and the decisions of local planning authorities.

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Aberarder Refused

Many thanks to Wind Energy’s Absurd for this report. A lot of common sense from the Councillors and a lot of absurd comments from the Planning Officer, RES and Inverness Chamber of Commerces’s Stewrat Nichol. One must remember that most wind farm companies are members of the Chamber of Commerce; in fact in many cases platinum partners (ABO and RES) which means they pay extra and get all sorts of privileges including it would seem the CEO as main cheerleader. That the Planning Officer, Simon Hindson, allowed late submissions raised the eyebrows and the odd hackle but then he has proved an enthusiastic, if somewhat under performing, apologist for the wind industry.


What a very interesting meeting.

First of all Major Applications were discussed:

1. Tom nan Clach – we don’t understand the reference to this one. ‘Technical issues’ leading to a reconsultation and appearing at the May Committee meeting. The so-called repowering application was turned down by SPAC in January, so we will have to wait and see what that’s all about.

2. Druim Ba. The planners obviously pulled out all the stops and presented their report to the DPEA – it went off on 18 March.

Margaret Davidson said that the community wanted a PLI on landscape impact as substantial work had been done by the community on this issue. The Planning Manager said that this would really be better as a hearing than a PLI and it was agreed that THC would request a hearing to the DPEA.


To refresh memories, this was an RES application for twelve 130m turbines and associated works. Members of SPAC had a site visit yesterday. Planners had recommended acceptance fundamentally, as we’ve reported before, that because the Dunmaglass wind farm is already consented, Aberarder would form a sort of natural extension.

The meeting heard that from one particular viewpoint it would effectively increase Dunmaglass by 30% which led Cllr Baxter to say that if he were to extend his house by 30% it would not be considered ‘immodest’.

There was quite a bit of discussion about visual and cumulative impact, the increasing height of turbines, and about the state of the roads. The planner said that it was better to put road improvement conditions to consents rather than go the planning gain route (where money is put into a pot, basically) which led Cllr Kerr to later ask ‘where’s the gain for the community of Inverness?’

The planner told the meeting that there had been one late objection and two in support. We will deal with the support, from the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, in a separate post, rather than lengthen this one.

Now we come to the really good bit. Margaret Davidson talked about the impact from the Great Glen Way and on the 20-30K users. She said that last year she had been really uncomfortable with the anti wind farm protestors’ (Loch Ness) video and thought that it was an over statement, with its visuals and music.

However when she saw visuals for Aberarder the words ‘Ring of Steel’ came back to her mind.

She said it was too much and was moving for refusal.

Her motion for refusal, seconded by Donnie Kerr, was carried by 6 votes to 3.

Stop Turbines at Glenurquhart (STAG) have today produced an updated map showing that Ring of Steel

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Look Folks, We’ve de-carbonised!

Dominic Lawson: The Party Consensus On Industrial Sabotage

  • Date: 05/04/16
  • Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

As the prospect of thousands of steelworkers heading for the jobcentre comes closer, take a bow, David Cameron, Ed Miliband. In fact, congratulations on a brilliant job of industrial sabotage to all members of parliament who voted for unilateral decarbonisation.

This is baffling. The entire British political class is on the point of achieving one of the few objectives behind which it has been united. Yet no one seems prepared to take the credit.

The threatened closure of most, if not all, of the British steel industry is a predictable result of the decision by all the main political parties to give the utmost priority to reducing CO2 emissions.

Few businesses are as energy-intensive as steel manufacture. And none more so than the colossal blast furnace plant at Port Talbot, the heart of Tata Steel’s UK operations. Its energy demands are partly met by generating gas through the burning of coke and iron ore. This is highly efficient, but also emits CO2 at a prodigious rate. A Very Bad Thing.

Never mind: our government is close to stopping this wickedness by producing energy policies consistent with the Climate Change Act of 2008, which mandated an 80% reduction in the country’s CO2 emissions. As a result of deliberate state intervention, prices of electricity for British industrial users are twice the EU average and far higher than those paid by US firms powered by dirt-cheap shale gas — oh, those irrational Americans. […]

The most remarkable aspect of this cross-party consensus was that it advocated a policy of unilateral carbon emission reductions. This was called “leading the world in fighting climate change”. The Foreign Office liked this especially: it was thought to make us look extremely virtuous on the world stage. Funnily enough, I have never found myself being slapped on the back when abroad, or congratulated by Chinese or American people for our country’s high moral tone; but I suppose they must be grateful we have been outsourcing our manufacturing to their industrial heartlands.

Actually, they should not thank me, as I have been one of those who could never work out why a country generating less than 2% of the world’s CO2 emissions should risk what was left of its industrial base in the quixotic belief that if we set the highest targets for reducing our emissions, the rest of the world would admiringly match us.

In 2009, after the Welsh aluminium smelting industry closed down, I argued that the steel industries of the UK would follow suit as the penalties for CO2 emissions bit further: “It may well be that the steel mills will become unable to compete globally [but] deliberately to make them uncompetitive is industrial vandalism.” I spoke then to Jeremy Nicholson, the director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), representing businesses employing 200,000 people — and 800,000 or so indirectly through the supply chain. I quoted him at the time: “Outsourcing our emissions is not a solution to a global problem. Politicians need to understand that unilateral action will come at a terrible cost in terms of UK manufacturing jobs, investment and export revenue, for no discernible environmental gain.” […]

Why, though, does it show no sign of pulling the shutters down on its vast steelworks in the Dutch town of Ijmuiden (which is under exactly the same pressure from the glut of steel emanating from China)? Here’s a clue. The cost of electricity for Dutch industrial users is roughly half that paid by identical businesses in the UK, and Holland does not have the equivalent of Lord Deben, who as the evangelically environmentalist chairman of the Committee on Climate Change “advises” the British government on how to set electricity prices to meet the demands of the Climate Change Act.

It would be possible for the government to put much more of the burden of increased electricity costs onto domestic consumers, and thus shield industrial users (as the Germans do). But if the effect of that were to keep the steel blast furnaces in business, we would not see the reduction in CO2 emissions that the policy is specifically designed to bring about.

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The Anatomy of a Windfarm


Crook Hill

A disaster coming your way soon, or has it already happened. In truth the developer would say you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs and all the land will be returned to it’s pristine condition when they leave. The reality of any development is that all the rubbish will be buried on site where no inspectors can see it but will continue to pollute the area for decades. This is a photographic record of Crook Hill and it brings into stark relief the reality of Big Wind. Click here for the photos and comments!

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University of Cincinnati Cover Up Pro Fracking Study

Why is the reality of fracking been undermined by left wing activists. Surely they want poor people to be able to afford heating and a growing economy. Or do they follow that Communist reality of keeping people poor so they will fear their leaders?


By Paul Homewood

h/t Bloke Down The Pub



Apparently it is not only Mikey who wants to hide the truth from the public.

Read on:

Dr. Amy Townsend-Small, the lead researcher for the University of Cincinnati Department of Geology, released the results during the Feb. 4 meeting of the Carroll County Concerned Citizens in Carrollton.

During her presentation, which was videotaped and is available for viewing on YouTube, Townsend-Small stated, “We haven’t seen anything to show that wells have been contaminated by fracking.”

Rex Well March 14 WEB

A three-year study by the University of Cincinnati in Carroll and surrounding counties determined hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells like the Rex Energy well shown above, does not contaminate ground water.

When asked at that meeting if the university planned to publicize the results, Dr. Amy Townsend-Small, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati Department of Geology and the leader of the…

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