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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RAF’s Top Guns Call Wind Farms a ‘Disaster in the Making’ for Flyers

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:

plane turbines Flyers have even more to worry about these days ….


There are at least 2 critical dangers for flyers created by these things:

1) air turbulence – generated by a sea of 50-60m blades with their outer tips travelling at around 350-400km/h – interfering with the ability of the pilot to control their kite (see our post here); and

2) slamming into them – with reasonably predictable results.

As to 1) here’s a report submitted in 2013 to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority by Ted McIntosh (a highly experienced agricultural pilot from NSW):

Date: 18-03-2013
Local time: 0730
State: NSW
Location: 9kms WNW of Gunning Wind Farm, Gunning NSW. Damage to aircraft: nil Most serious injury: nil

Whilst on descent to my operating airstrip near Biala NSW, I suddenly experienced severe turbulence at about 500-600ft AGL. The wind at this time had been approx. 5-8 knots…

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Box clever….. a cubist revival

Dougal Quixote:

Something to excite the chuckle knuckle

Originally posted on fenbeagleblog:

Box clever JPEG

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Not simply a UK problem!

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Why the Climate Change Act should be repealed

Many believe that Climate is changing and should be a great concern. Climate has changed for millennia and it will continue to change/evolve. The fact is that what some call Climate Change others call weather events. In these days of an immediate media many events are blamed on Climate Change because we know about them instantaneously. Before the internet and modern communications it was often months and sometimes years before we would hear of an event the other side of the world. However look back in history and little is new. The hundred year’s storm is precisely that. A mega event that happens once in a century. Before we jump to the assumption that an event is triggered by climate we should consider if it is new or simply a re-enactment of events in the past. The Industry of Climate Change is now all encompassing. Even the RSPB now have a training session – Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. They encourage those that are already indoctrinated to ‘learn the facts’. Can we expect a balanced debate? Can we hell! Too many snouts in the trough for that!

What we have in the world at this time is a major population growth problem and a biblical exodus from North Africa. Whilst we spend zillions on Climate and waste time and effort, the rest of the world is going to hell in a handcart. The problems need solving in the middle east, not in europe. What we are seeing now though is that same political enthusiasm to use the exodus of Syria to drive a left wing political agenda as we have for years seen with Climate Change.

Climate does change. It has since the first ice age. The last ice age arrived in six months. However the impact of man is as an ant on an elephants back. What we need to do is learn from the past and adapt to the future. I commend Douglas Brodie on his letter and support his view that the Act should be repealed.

All Tory MPs
To: Mr Drew Hendry, MP

      Lord Lawson

      Mr Murdo Fraser, MSP

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Why the Climate Change Act should be Repealed

I am a retired engineer who is horrified at how climate change political correctness is leading our country into electricity blackouts and economic decline, all for marginal climate and sustainability benefit. I have taken the liberty to sending this email to all Tory MPs because I expect that my MP Mr Drew Hendry will not support my case, as it goes against SNP policies. Only the Tory Party, now free from coalition constraints, can avert the impending disaster.

I urge you to read at least the opening and closing pages of my carefully referenced paper Why the Climate Change Act should be Repealed, which gives this disgruntled voter’s views on why so-called “climate change” is a non-problem and why the government’s efforts to tackle this non-problem are proving to be ineffectual yet destructive. My paper has been informally peer-reviewed by two professional experts. It gives plain speaking support to the arguments presented by ex-environment minister Owen Paterson in his lecture Keeping the Lights On, given last October at Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank.

I believe that considered withdrawal from the costly, futile, destructive and, if reality is acknowledged, unattainable decarbonisation targets of the Climate Change Act would be popular with the public if explained properly, e.g. by emphasising the progress on energy efficiency (as opposed to failing, ruinous decarbonisation). It would leave the leftist parties in disarray, wedded as they are to the full climate change agenda of “money no object” futile internationalist gestures and statist, interventionist regulation and control.

The issue of climate change has an important bearing on the December Paris climate summit. I very much hope that we will avoid committing to any damaging, unattainable “UN world governance” emissions reduction targets. Repatriation of our energy policies should also be a major issue for the current EU renegotiations on the terms of continued UK membership, to be voted on by 2017.

Yours faithfully,

Douglas S Brodie, BSc

15 Sutors Gate


IV12 5BW

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So the Green dream relies on – COAL!

Truth is that there is no such thing as a free Green Lunch as these images rather clearly portray.

See exactly how green turbines are!

See exactly how green turbines are!

Green Scam 2

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The Truth about Iberdrola and our Energy Minister!

Brian Wilson Scotsman
Brian Wilson: Energy switch shames Scotland

Iberdrola reneged on promises over Longannet and Cockenzie but SNP has failed to step up to the plate
Power giant soaks up subsidy but cuts and runs at first sight of costs, with SNP connivance, writes Brian Wilson

I am not easily shocked these days and outrage should be saved for special occasions. However, the sound of Fergus Ewing, energy minister at Holyrood, on radio was enough to awaken…well, shock and outrage.

Consider the scenario. A multinational company which bought into a great Scottish industry has betrayed its promises, is about to prematurely close one plant with the loss of 270 quality jobs and renege on construction of another, thereby turning Scotland into a large-scale importer of a commodity of which it has long been a substantial exporter.

I can think of no previous occasion on which, in such circumstances, a Scottish minister of any political colour would not be fighting to reverse these decisions; using the levers of government to achieve that outcome; and would be taking to the airwaves only in order to challenge the morality and legitimacy of what was being done.

The multinational company is Iberdrola. The industry is power generation. The broken promises are in respect of Longannet and Cockenzie. The implications for the Scottish economy extend far beyond these places. The minister is Ewing and his preferred role is as apologist-in-chief for Iberdrola. It is an utter disgrace.

According to both Iberdrola and their well-drilled mouthpieces, this is all about £40 million – the difference in transmission charges because Longannet is in the middle of Scotland rather than on the fringes of London, a geographic detail that presumably did not escape them when they acquired Scottish Power after the trading regime was introduced.

Even that £40m figure is misleading, as we shall see. But the wider point is that the same trading arrangements which are being blamed for these decisions have poured huge profits into the coffers of Iberdrola and will continue to do so for many years to come while we are left to bemoan Longannet, no more, Cockenzie, no more.

When Iberdrola bought Scottish Power, the package contained responsibilities as well as a lucrative set of assets. Privatisation in Scotland left our two companies with the massive advantage of vertical integration, unlike their English counterparts. For Iberdrola, one of the prizes this offered was easy access to the UK renewables market – and subsidies.

It is absurd to moan about transmission charges without considering the wider context of the British Electricity Transmission and Trading Arrangements which came into effect in 2005. They gave Scottish generators the right to sell renewable energy into the British market with subsidy paid for by consumers throughout Britain. Iberdrola has been the biggest single beneficiary of that reform.

Not only that, but to facilitate this major benefit, billions of pounds worth of new infrastructure was approved by Ofgem. Iberdrola’s grid company, Scottish Power Transmission, was in the forefront of that work while the renewables branch profited mightily from the market it facilitated.

We heard little about transmission charges because they were dwarfed by the subsidies Iberdrola were (and are) receiving via the Renewables Obligation.

To compartmentalise the “cost” of transmission charges in respect of Longannet in order to justify killing it off four years early, or perhaps even more outrageously to brand Cockenzie too uneconomic to proceed with, and thereby break the promise of a new gas plant, is a denial of all the responsibilities which came with the acquisition of Scottish Power. Why is the Scottish Government not saying so?

For Iberdrola, it is a case of take, take, take. Fair enough – their obligation is to their investors, the largest of whom is the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Qatar. The scandal is that Ewing, scion of the patriotic dynasty, should rush to the defence of this behaviour solely because he sees political advantage in turning it – quite falsely – into a Scotland v England conflict; a misrepresentation that Iberdrola are understandably anxious to facilitate.

A large part of Iberdrola’s UK customer base is in the north-west of England and north Wales, as a result of Scottish Power having bought Manweb in 1995. They also have extensive generation interests in these areas – and therein lies another aspect of this sorry tale. Iberdrola are investing in the Western Link sub-sea cable between Hunterston and Holyhead. For Scottish consumption, this was presented as a means of exporting Scottish renewables.

For other audiences, the story is reversed. The Western Link will be capable of importing 3.9 gigawatts of power into Scotland, equating to 70 per cent of maximum winter demand. With Longannet and Cockenzie closed, not to mention Hunterston and Torness thereafter, Scotland will become massively dependent on electricity produced in England from coal, gas and nuclear power. What a triumph for Scottish Nationalism.

The bond of mutual cynicism between the SNP and Iberdrola was sealed on 13 September 2010 when Alex Salmond and Ignacio Galan, chairman of the multinational, made a ludicrous announcement – treated entirely uncritically by most of the Scottish media – that the Spanish company would be investing £2.7 billion in Scotland by the end of 2012, no less. Of course, it never happened and nobody bothered to check.

At the time, it was a great coup for Salmond because he could present it as endorsement for his “Saudi Arabia of renewables” nonsense. On the same day, Salmond announced plans for Gamesa, the turbine manufacturer, to invest in Scotland. That never happened either and not a single one of Iberdrola’s lucrative wind turbines has been the product of Scottish manufacturing. We have been conned, right, left and centre. In evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee earlier this year, Iberdrola said Longannet would be viable on £10m a year transmission charges, the same as the English Midlands. The same committee was told by National Grid that Longannet transmission charges would fall in 2016-17 by £10m. So even within this compartmentalised accounting, the gap is down to £20m and falling.

Any minister worth his salt would fight to find a solution within these parameters, using the massive leverage the Scottish Government has with Iberdrola if it chose to exercise it. Instead, workers in Fife and East Lothian, along with the wider Scottish economic interest, are being sacrificed in return for yet another bogus point of grievance, while Iberdrola laugh all the way to the bank.

What’s Spanish for: “What a bunch of patsies”?

The fact is today that Iberdrola sees their future in an Obama created renewable USA. As the subsidies hit the buffers in the UK they have re-balanced their portfolio to the american market. At the same time their share value continues on a downward slide. However the SNP have made their beds with Iberdrola and continue to fawn over them possibly aware that they are drinking in the last chance saloon!

The true face of Scottish Power

The true face of Scottish Power

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Scots Rejoice as Highland Fan Plan Canned & Wind Power Jobs Myth Exposed

Dougal Quixote:

The truth is often as others see us!

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:

highland fling In the Highlands, it’s time for another wee Victory dance.


The Scots have been set upon by particularly rabid strain of wind weasel:

Got ‘Mercenary Sociopath’ on your CV? Then why not join the Wind Turbine ‘Taliban’

The wind power outfits that have set out to destroy Scotland are peopled by the usual type of bullies and thugs – that are quick to send in the muscle, in efforts to generate ‘community support’ for these things:

Scots Fight-back as Wind Power Outfit Aims to Thump its ‘Community Message’ Home

Faced with a brand of ‘corporate social responsibility’ that would have done the GDR’s Stasi proud, many might have given up and retreated to lick their wounds. But, the Scots are a tenacious bunch, who never say die:

Subsidies Scrapped: Scots Rejoice at Wind Industry’s Demise – Time for a Wee Highland Fling

And now – through their undying efforts…

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Common Sense at last

school turbines

Something this site has fought hard for over a few years. But this has been lead by Brenda Herrick at Caithness. Well done Brenda, you have truly proved a star!

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A Tourists Impression of the Highlands

guide to the highlands

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Allt Duine – The Refusal


Allt Duine wind farm

30/07/2015 10:30

Refusal due to unacceptable impact on the Cairngorms National Park and wild land.

Ministers have refused consent for the proposed 31-turbine wind farm at Allt Duine near Kincraig.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney concluded the plan does not represent sustainable development as it would result in significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impacts on the Cairngorms National Park, an area of national importance for its natural and cultural heritage, and on wild land.

The decision follows a public local inquiry and Scottish Government consultations on the potential impacts of the wind farm on the Cairngorms National Park and on the implications of the development on new planning policies.

Mr Swinney said:

“The Scottish Government’s policy on wind farms strikes a careful balance between maximising Scotland’s huge green energy potential and protecting some of our most scenic landscape and wild areas. We have been clear that wind farms can only be built in the right places and Scottish Planning Policy sets out rigorous steps to ensure wind farms are sited appropriately and sensitively.

“I have considered the Allt Duine application fully and have refused permission as the proposal would have a significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impacts in the local area, including on the Cairngorms National Park and on a wild land area.

“The Scottish Government remains fully committed to renewables and to achieving our target of 100 per cent of our electricity demand coming from renewables by 2020.”

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Individual Turbines Breed too!

Great Heck, Heck No We Won’t Blow.

we are just a local group.


I’ve made a petition – will you sign it?

Click this link to sign the petition:

My petition:

Stop stand alone wind turbines taking over our countryside, and review the FIT

Stand alone wind turbines are getting taller (75 – 125 metres tall ) being built close to small picturesque villages. They are far too tall, harm the local wildlife, over bearing and make people feel uneasy (akin to a bully standing over your shoulder). The Feed In Tariff is far too generous.

There is a wind turbine in the hands of local planning at the moment and this one is going to be built in the middle of a lovely landscape. None of the electricity produced will be used by the person/s as they live miles and miles away instead they will just be getting lots of money from the FIT estimated roughly at £220000 per year all paid for by tax payers

Click this link to sign the petition:

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Has reality dawned?

collapse of wind

Planning bids for renewable energy projects drop 80%

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Thorium – The future of Nuclear generation

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Water contamination at Wind farm sites

Can of worms

Request for Action

Click above to download a PDF for an understanding of the issue of water contamination by wind farms 

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Levy Exemption Certificates

The Levy Exemption Certificate

The Climate bonus that we all missed. Until the Chancellor cancelled it we never realised that it added so much to the value of wind farms. We all know about ROCs but LECs were a closed book. Needless to say the wind weasels were counting them all up and it is a frightening sum. A subsidy on a subsidy. To give you an insight you might be interested in these figures on Farr windfarm. Infinis quoted LECs as 6% of their turnover.

Final ROC payment for April is not yet available. That cannot disguise the fact that Farr windfarm alone received £1.083 million in extra subsidy!

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Beinn Mhor refused on appeal

The Glen Affric area has received a reprieve after the WPD’s Beinn Mhor Wind Farm was refused on appeal. The developers and landowner have proved very aggressive on this application dividing the community in a totally unacceptable way. When the application ran out of time, due to inclement weather preventing two site visits, the applicants went direct to appeal. Today we heard that it was refused and on some very interesting points. Basically transport infrastructure and visual impact especially in regard to wild land.


“I agree that the proposal would have a serious adverse affect on the enjoyment of the wild land character of this area, again due to the close proximity of the new wind farm.”

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Renewables Must Now Pay Climate Change Levy

Dougal Quixote:

Well, this was a ‘subsidy’ that they kept very quiet about.

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood



It seems the greenies are all up in arms that the Chancellor has removed the exemption from the Climate Change Levy for renewable energy providers.

The levy was originally introduced in 2001 as a charge to businesses on their electricity bills, intended to incentivise them to save energy, rather than encourage renewable provision.

Unsurprisingly, the subsidy sharks in the renewable sector are furious that they won’t be able to make quite as much money:

The UK’s renewable energy sector has attacked Government plans to change the rules governing the Climate Change Levy – a measure which was originally designed to promote the generation of clean energy.
RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, strongly criticised the Chancellor’s announcement in his budget speech that he is retrospectively removing the exemption for green energy.
RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, Dr Gordon Edge, said: “The…

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Shale has had a bit of a setback but you have to ask why?


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Was June as great on wind as the industry pontificated?

ponton on wind

An excellent resume!

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