Monthly Archives: August 2013

Where Coal is King

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Slipping Under the Wire?

We have now become used to windfarm applications being reduced in number to appease planning only for an application for an extension being presented within a short time of commissioning or, as more recently seen at Lochluichart, before the first … Continue reading

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Destruction of a natural carbon sink

Whether you believe in the CO² scare or not is in part irrelevant. The ethos behind so much of the wind scam is that it saves CO². Well how often the Government and the Developers parrot that tale it is … Continue reading

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I wonder?

I normally keep well away from Politics but here we have something that could affect us all. We are not the world’s policeman any more. However terrible the chemical incidents are in Syria can we honestly say that we can … Continue reading

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Thousands of Solar PV Panels in Hampshire and Sussex

Coming to a field near you? These fields of solar PV panels from Sussex to Hampshire(some 18,000), has displaced agriculture and food production to guarantee the farmers a mega payday for twenty five years and all paid by you and … Continue reading

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An Electric Aeroplane!

Built in Slovenia the Pipistrel Panthera is a four seater light aircraft with an option that verges on the bizarre. Not only is it available with the more usual 210hp Lycoming engine but can also be bought with as a … Continue reading

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Aarthus Convention – The UN findings

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy after a United Nations legal tribunal ruled that the UK Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval and the “necessary information” over their benefits … Continue reading

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The Deceiver

A long, long time ago, in a far off northern land, where the lochs and mountains meet, where the Red Stags roare…d in the glens and the Eagles and Kites soared in the skies there came to pass that a … Continue reading

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Lib-Dim Energy Future

You could not make this up. To save power in a Lib-Dim future, assuming after the next  election they have any MPs, you will all be forced to buy kettles with two elements. One to boil your kettle when there is … Continue reading

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Cold Fusion – On the cusp of an energy revolution or another snake oil salesman?

If you listen to the supporters of Cold Fusion technology, the future is just around the corner and energy shortages will be a dim and distant memory. If you listen to the detractors the theory is debunked time and again … Continue reading

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Green Energy Blues

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Community Benefit – Red in Tooth and Claw

So we have a report today of another Community Council torn apart by Community Benefit. The Chair of Strathnairn Community Council, Jenny Stewart, resigned from Strathnairn Community Council as part of an ongoing and bitter squabble that has erupted over … Continue reading

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DEFRA and and wind farm blight on homes

Owen Patterson is thought to be preparing a dossier on the impact on house prices of all  renewable and nuclear technologies. DECC don’t like it but then the Renewable (Wind) industry in collusion with RICS and the DECC have been … Continue reading

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Catalina at Cromarty

Well Catalina flying boats aren’t strangers to Cromarty although the Sunderlands were the more usual aircraft to have been based there. However I am less sure whether a Catalina in the US livery has previously been so welcome. A fantastic … Continue reading

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Airprox

Airprox. In May at Drumochter a Tornado flying at in excess of 450mph and at 440ft missed a helicopter photographing the bases for the towers(pylons) on the Beauly-Denny line by less than one hundred and fifty feet. Blame is attached … Continue reading

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Disaster averted

Way off wind today but what has a mobile phone got to do with a bowl of rice. Got you on that one. Well I learnt something today that may well be of use. How many of you have dropped … Continue reading

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And NO, this is not a Joke!

This is beyond belief and certainly questions any supposed setback proposed by the Scottish Government. It may be only one but it is 35.5m and experience from the USA suggests that these houses will suffer both noise and shadow flicker. … Continue reading

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Patterson v. Davey – Ministerial Red Boxes at fifty paces

Well this is developing into a real political spat and no doubt blood and votes will be spilt on the carpet before this ends. Davey is becoming a little isolated within the walls of the DECC but the Climate Change … Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The Fallago Rig Wind Farm was hotly contested but to the horror of many was eventually passed. This picture was taken recently and superimposed is the quote from the Reporter who recommended approval to the Scottish Ministers. “Without detrimental impact … Continue reading

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The Maximum Fee for Planning a 100MW Wind Farm in Scotland is only £18k

Unbelievable as it may be a 14 turbine wind farm in Northern Ireland paid £96,238 for a Planning application, whereas up to 100MW 33 turbine Section 36 wind farm in Scotland can only be charged £18k. Maximum for an over … Continue reading

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