A local landowner has invested £4 million in a number of eco chalets (Eagle Brae) and is now faced with this horror of horrors right in front of his investment. The SNP party talk about investing in Scotland, oblivious to the fact that wind farms invest in German or Danish equipment and engineers, pay often absentee landowners vast sums of money and load us with the cost of this expensive unreliable energy. It is of no satisfaction that one translation of ‘carach’, the invented name of this wind farm, is “un-reliable”. The fact is that contra to the doctrine of wind developers ‘investing’ in Scotland(raping it is more accurate), the truth is that many tourism operators such as Eagle Brae will not invest in Scotland and more importantly will not bring the much needed jobs to the Highlands if they are not protected from such a damaging proposal. Scottish Tourism currently employs 250,000 and generates £40 billion in income. Rather different to the 2,000 employees in the wind industry and the very negative cash flow they “generate”. After all for every £1 of energy sold over the border the vast majority will disappear abroad to service the debt, to line the pockets of the developers or to the off-shore banks of the landowners. The 1 or 2p of community benefit will have simply been skimmed from the subsidies we pay. Suggestions have been voiced that strike prices will in future be paid from taxes instead of subsidies, much vaunted by the EU. Are we that stupid? Who pay the TAXES? We do! Nothing will change but it will be like handing you back your change whilst the DECC have their hand in your wallet!
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