I find that fighting the plethora of wind farm applications near our homes requires a certain level of stoicism that few realised they had in them. I realise that recently my blog has dwelt on the problems of energy rather than purely wind farms but of course it is the drive to de-carbonise energy for an increasingly considered failed theory of AGW that was the reason that politicians favoured wind. Before the green mafia take umbrage on that, few deny that climate and weather change, it is just the urban myth that man leads that change that seems to me extremely arrogant. Fly over this planet and the actual level of habitation is still relatively small. There are still massive areas of this world that old map makers would have captioned with “There be Dragons”.
On Panorama last night we heard Salmon trumpet the maxim that six thousand jobs over-rode ecological concerns. Unfortunately his six thousand jobs promised by Trump were as illusionary as the fifteen thousand jobs the First Minister quoted for the wind industry and possibly the two and a half thousand jobs that are quoted for the re-opening of the old rig construction yard at Kishorn. So I make little apology for moving away from turbines for a moment to consider the macro economic effect of wind on energy and energy on wind.
“If ancient philosophers were feeling particularly stressed by everyday concerns, they would find a quiet place and imagine the vast expanse of the Universe. On such occasions the stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius told himself..’Expand into an ampler region, letting your thoughts sweep over the entire Universe'”.
Well if it worked for a Roman Emperor why shouldn’t I give it a try. With that golden orb, that we have not seen that much this year, high in the sky and temperatures reaching the high twenties and too hot to work, I tried ignoring the Call of the Blog, the emails to the Community Council about noise levels from the Wester Balblair(Beauly-Denny) sub-station which is making locals life hell, and sat with a beer and let my mind wander and dwelt on the Universe. Well I might not be a Stoic, a Philosopher or a Roman Emperor but all I saw was a Universe covered in Wind Farms with images of Alex Salmond, Chris Huhne and Ed Davey rising wraith like from the nightmare. Perhaps in future I will leave stoicism to the Stoics and Philosophers and stick to a good Malt.