/ NEWS: Call for Tourism To Save Scotland From Wind Farms
As part of their lobbying against wind turbine farms in Scotland's mountains, MCofS's Chief Officer, David Gibson is attempting to mobilise travel and tourist businesses to voice their dissent against this 'industrialisation'.
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The response we've had here in Snowdonia is that the land and its natural formation/resources have always been exploited by humans for industrial purposes, even back to the Iron Age and beyond. How does one argue with this?
Not happy :(
Fun version: http://my2050.decc.gov.uk/
Serious version: http://2050-calculator-tool.decc.gov.uk/
Now look at how much energy you'll gain from covering the last of our wilderness in turbines and ask yourself, do you think it's worth it?
I've nothing against a but of wind power here and there but wilderness has a value too. Alas it can't be so easily quantified in kilowatts or tonnes of CO2 so we run the risk of ignoring it.
Can't say I'm with the MCofS on this one. If it's a choice between nuclear power stations and wind farms I'd take the latter. At sites where the wind turbines have been removed, they leave no lasting impact.
As climbers/walkers, I think we're also on shaky ground complaining about spoiling wilderness. Look at the tracks on all the popular munroes, are they any more unsightly than windfarms?
We have to produce energy some way and if windfarms are the most environmentally friendly way to do it, so be it.
Mikey and Brendan both make good observations. However, it is incumbent on all of us to consider this in a bigger context. Our electricity use as a nation needs to be satisfied (unless we all start to use a lot less),and it has to come from somewhere. The dominant source to date has been burning stuff (coal / oil / gas), which I am sure we would all agree a much bigger impact than windmills. Nuclear is not much better, although it defers the downsides for much greater periods of time.
As I look at the comments and the issue, it seems that aesthetics are the main concern being expressed, whether it be the sight of pylons or roads? Is this the main concern?
Mikey makes a very good point, in that there are plans for large offshore wind farms around Scotland in the coming years. The Onshore Windfarm applications and approvals seem to be moving in the direction of smaller scale installations across Britain (unless I am ill informed).
The tidal flow systems are also promising by the look of things, but at a pretty early stage in teh commercialisation of the technology. No doubt this technology will grow. Personally I applaud the commitment of the Sottish government to renewable energies. It may result more visibility of windmills, but I think it is selfish to reject this important direction on the basis that some people don't like to see windmills when they are on the hills.
We need a viable way to produce as much non-polluting electrical power as possible. This will inevitably mean that a mixture of onshore/offshore wind, tidal and solar will be required nationwide.
I don't think anyone seriously advocates covering every available area of land with a wind turbine, but if we are not to ruin an entire planet irrevocably then something will have to give, and with abundant areas of hills there will have to be development in Scotland.
There are arguments against any green energy option at some level - Severn tidal power ruining mudflats, wind turbines scarring landscape, same for any sort of solar farm, wind farms affecting birds, water turbines affecting marine life... Not all of these arguments can be entertained if we are to make some sort of serious change.
To me they are a positive addition to our already industrial countryside they will attract visitors to the area the more the better. I think itís sad that most of these objectors do not realise the harm they are doing and need to get their heads out of the sand. We are wind rich in this country and need to use it to our advantage for both electrical power and jobs
Is it the 8m wide roads all over the hills, the borrow pits, the substations, the 50m square concrete bases or the pylons that are beautiful to look at? You don't make that clear...
Do you really think that is a balanced picture that you are presenting. Very sensational, a bit like reading the daily mail.
So what do you propose as a realistic option?
Who is going to buy your expensive electricity?
I have visions of the future landscape of the upland areas of Scotland, and they aren't pretty. The alluvial/peat plain of the Lochy area of Fort William has now started to be develpoed for a huge out of town Tescos and Hospital complex, plus lots of new housing. I'm sure there are plenty of arguments FOR this kind of develpment (as there are for windfarms), but it's sad for me to see more wild land built on.
With this is mind, I plan to paint an 'artist's impression' of how I see the area I live in, in 100 or 200 years' time. Quite an interesting project I think.
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