Monthly Archives: June 2013

Does the First Minster need enhanced security

At a time when George Robertson, the Scottish born former Defence Minster in the previous labour administration in Westminster, questions the practical possibilities, or in his words “improbabilities” of a Scottish Defence force any better than Dad’s Army, when Salmond … Continue reading

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Will the Back Bench Revolt?

So, I have been unusually quiet about the Government announcement on Strike Price. Call it shock, disbelief or confusion if you will but I had a Victor Meldrew moment: “I don’t believe it!” Still I am unsure on the ramifications. I … Continue reading

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White Throated Needletail killed by wind turbine on Harris

Well the last thing you want is for an extremely rare bird being watched by thirty twitchers from all over the UK(witnesses) to fly into a wind turbine and be killed. After flying all the way from Australasia it does … Continue reading

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UK Anti-Wind Farm Conference – Welshpool 2013

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Only 4% of Green Energy Experts believe that England will reach it’s Renewable Targets

An interesting article that quotes the average output of UK wind farms is 30% but it can be 15% some years? Talk about spin. Only a 100% variance. The London Array’s Project Director, Richard Rigg, refuses to say how much … Continue reading

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The sums don’t add up!

This is a base for a 100m, 3MW turbine and contains in excess of 900+ tonnes of Concrete. Cement is one of the most CO² polluting elements of constructions today. This will use something in the region of 126 tonnes … Continue reading

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A Word of Caution to all Community Wind Turbines

Buying into a turbine for the Community as part of a large development may sound shrewd and savvy but a note of caution should be added. Beware Greeks bearing gifts. As Fintry has discovered the way is not paved with … Continue reading

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Beatrice and Moray Wind Farms

The Saudi Arabia of Wind? – When this comment was first muted we just saw it as hyperbole. The Spin doctors were spinning out of control. Now we see that it has elements of truth. What is Saudi Arabia if not … Continue reading

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Nigel Lawson: The Worst Energy Bill in Living Memory

Nigel Lawson, House of Lords  House of Lords, 18 June: My Lords, like other noble Lords who have spoken, I begin by declaring an interest. It is a non-remunerated and non-pecuniary interest, unlike some noble Lords’ interests. It is the … Continue reading

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Climate – Relationship between Greenhouse Gases and Global Temperature

I try where possible to keep off climate change on my site for two reasons. One: it is an extremely emotive subjects and tends to polarise views and two: there are masses of sites dedicated to the subject that go … Continue reading

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Wind Turbine Blades throw debris over wide area.

Wind turbine blades are composites and all composites embrittle with age and sunlight. It has been suggested that we will soon have a mountain of 250,000 tons of redundant turbine blades which cannot be recycled and EU law prevents burial. … Continue reading

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The Irish have cloned Alex Salmon

How can a Government Minister stand up and say effectively “Sod the little people”. Especially in Ireland.

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SNP pressures councils for more Wind Farms

A Freedom of Information request has exposed the pressure that SNP Ministers are putting on Councils and Planners to identify even more Wind Farm sites. Even those such as Dumfries and Galloway, already drowning under a sea of developments and … Continue reading

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Our Electric Future?

On the day that the Scottish Government increases the ROCs for Floating off shore turbines, and yes I know that floating turbines rates alongside rocking horse manure and fairy dust in availability stakes, perhaps we need to actually look at … Continue reading

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Yatch crashes into Tidal Turbine

We hear how Scotland leads the world into research into tidal and wave technology but this is misleading as this turbine was commissioned in Strangford Lough in Ireland in 2008 and there are many other countries such as Norway, New … Continue reading

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Salmond’s post independence Scotland

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The Word from Westminster

A letter from Together Against Wind and Chris Heaton-Harris MP I just wanted to let you know about Thursday’s announcement in Parliament about changes to planning law which will ensure local residents affected by wind farm proposals will actually have … Continue reading

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Miracles do happen!

Well we were due some good news. The Minister Fergus Ewing turned down Dunbeath Wind Farm near Wick in Caithness today. Usual preamble about how good wind is for us, no doubt written by an Energy Consents wind enthusiast but … Continue reading

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Has Westminster fallen out with Big Wind?

Before we start cheering from the rooftops, we must carefully consider what has been said. Communities will have greater say and Bribes (sorry, Community Benefits) will be five times larger. When we see the subsidies removed I will get excited. … Continue reading

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A wind farm consequence I have never seen reported – From ‘the Grumpologist’

  Last week the Mrs and I visited Clacton, a town I know quite well having lived nearby and attended school there in the 60s and I somewhere I have visited frequently during the 50 years since to see friends. … Continue reading

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