Windfarm Action Group is a collection of like minded individuals who consider that large scale industrial wind farms are inefficient, horrendously expensive subsidy guzzlers and damaging to the economy. We make no apology that we are vehemently anti industrial scale wind or that we question the conclusions of the IPCC and EU on anthropogenic Climate Change. We consider that current EU controls in the Climate Act will make the UK uncompetitive in the world market and, in effect, bankrupt Scotland. We are however supportive of renewable industries when they are truly renewable and, most importantly, conservation of our resourses. With so much propaganda from authorised sources we simply are trying to inform and educate on the alternative view points. More technical detail will be available on our web site www.windfarmaction.com
The Image above is on the North Frisia Coastline in Germany. Is this the image that Alex Salmond has in his mind as he describes his ambition for Scotland to be the Saudi Arabia of Wind? One must not forget the other attributes of Saudi Arabia. One of the most closed countries in the World where the ruling families enjoy an extravagent life style whilst those imported to work for them are treated virtually as slaves. The Highland have been there before but last time it was sheep! And what happened to the sheep farmers. They took the profit and left leaving the landowners mostly bankrupt.
Origins of wind power: Windmills were thought to be have used in Persia as long ago 9th Century but electrical power was not harnessed until 1887/8, first by an electrical engineer prof James Blyth to power his holiday home at Maryhill in Scotland. A rather rudimentary design followed a few months later by Charles Brush of Cleveland Ohio with a far more commercially viable machine. Blyth produced a secomd version for the Montrose Lunatic Asylum but never further developed the technology. It was not until much later that wind power resurfaced in the UK. In the interim, europe and the US had moved way ahead and in 1980 England got it’s first windfarm at Delabole in Cornwall. Those original ten turbines have just been decommissioned to be replace by four much larger models. There are but a handful of small scale manufacturers in the UK and no large scale manufacturing. After a shaky start wave and tidal generation is being explored in Scotland and some generation capacity is in operation. However this is a wide market with experimental generation in many parts of the world. Scottish Government banking so heavily on wave could be descibed as a high risk venture. Another fine mess you got us into, Alex!
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