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Why are these grotesque subsidies needed?

...neither ScottishPower nor energy minister Allan Wilson bothered to mention that it will cost electricity users more than £700,000 a week (£38m per year) in subsidies (equivalent to £190 per "household" per year).

While boasting that Whitelee, one of Europe's largest wind-power factories, will meet the electricity needs of most of Glasgow's 200,000 households (April 28), a gross exaggeration by a factor of three, neither ScottishPower nor energy minister Allan Wilson bothered to mention that it will cost electricity users more than 700,000 a week (38m per year) in subsidies (equivalent to 190 per "household" per year). We are told again and again that, with the price of fossil fuels rising, wind-powered electricity will soon be as cheap as using coal. So why, then, are these grotesque subsidies needed?

Nor did they say that the back-up needed to ensure that the lights stay on in Glasgow will come mostly from coal shipped from Bolivia or South Africa via Clydeport to Longannet power station (described as the country's "biggest polluter") or that the project will fell two-and-a-half million trees, quarry six million tonnes of rock, lay 80-odd kilometres of roads and dig up acres of precious peatlands (rendering them susceptible to collapse).

No mention of the futile gesture that Whitelee will make towards climate change: it might at best reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by a farcical 0.0014%. Three large jets... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
While boasting that Whitelee, one of Europe's largest wind-power factories, will meet the electricity needs of most of Glasgow's 200,000 households (April 28), a gross exaggeration by a factor of three, neither ScottishPower nor energy minister Allan Wilson bothered to mention that it will cost electricity users more than £700,000 a week (£38m per year) in subsidies (equivalent to £190 per "household" per year). We are told again and again that, with the price of fossil fuels rising, wind-powered electricity will soon be as cheap as using coal. So why, then, are these grotesque subsidies needed?

Nor did they say that the back-up needed to ensure that the lights stay on in Glasgow will come mostly from coal shipped from Bolivia or South Africa via Clydeport to Longannet power station (described as the country's "biggest polluter") or that the project will fell two-and-a-half million trees, quarry six million tonnes of rock, lay 80-odd kilometres of roads and dig up acres of precious peatlands (rendering them susceptible to collapse).

No mention of the futile gesture that Whitelee will make towards climate change: it might at best reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by a farcical 0.0014%. Three large jets flying out of Glasgow airport will produce more carbon dioxide per hour than the Whitelee wind factory will save.

It would also appear that Allan Wilson doesn't think that the people of Glasgow are entitled to look out over a non-industrialised landscape. I therefore beg any pensioners struggling to heat their homes to take a last look at the southern skyline of Glasgow: it will soon be desecrated with monster wind turbines and scarred by the environmental damage that comes in their wake.


Source: http://www.theherald.co.uk/...

MAY 2 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/2392-why-are-these-grotesque-subsidies-needed
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