The fact is that the Scottish people - as opposed to their politicians - are waking up to the realisation that wind power is one of the greatest hoaxes of our age.
Anyone who thinks that wind factories are environmentally friendly should Google "Cefn Croes Photo Gallery", to see 100 chilling pictures showing how many miles of unspoiled Welsh countryside were disfigured to create the largest industrial site in Britain: all to "save" annually less than a quarter of the CO2 emissions from a single jumbo jet.
Wind is like having a car that's out of fuel when you need it the most
Wind farm, that’s a spin term. I call them wind turbine industrial zones.
It would be naive to think that green energy ventures were going to run perfectly. But did scientists and public officials not think this through at all?
A wind farm is an industrial installation of vast proportions, and, if erected on the loftiest ridges, its industrial flavor becomes the new focal point for all view-sheds within a 15-mile radius.
Londonderry recognizes industrial wind energy for what it really is - an unreliable and very very modest energy source masquerading as a solution for global warming with significant costs to the town’s environment, economy and quality of life.
David Howell & Carole Nakhle
“Wind power may have a small place in the long-term energy future, mostly at the household and residential level. But its impact on the near-term security scene will be minimal and the enthusiasts (and lobbyists enriched by subsidies) who have rushed into extensive wind farm developments will be seen in due course to have taken public opinion for a colossal ride, although this may take some years to emerge.”
What am I going to do with a house I can’t live in?
It is commonly asserted by representatives from these companies that the high-tech Merlin SCADA system can shut down turbines when birds are approaching. The question though, is not CAN they, but WILL they? This morning, apparently, no.
But most of those who are pumping money into the alternative energy sector -- and investing heavily in ethanol, wind and solar power -- are just shrewd people, who understand that it's hard to go wrong when Uncle Sam is helping hedge your bets and guarantee a return on investment.
Even if wind turbines were built in Hawaii, excess capacity would have to be built to handle peak loads in the event that the winds weren’t blowing or the islands would experience brown-outs or black outs. The fact that the periods of highest demands would coincide with a drop off in wind speed means wind turbines cannot be counted on the meet peak load demands in Hawaii. So electrical generating capacity would have to be built twice, first as wind turbines and second as backup peak capacity protection.
Dr Frank Mastiaux, chief executive climate and renewables division, German E.ON
The UK targets were 'extremely challenging'. Future wind farms will need to have thousands of turbines, each so big it would be like a football field turning on top of a steel mountain.
Dr John Constable, Director of REF
The [UK] government's own data shows that in spite of its unpopularity the wind industry is in fact having an easy time in planning, with the vast majority of schemes being forced on unwilling local populations. Very high subsidy levels have resulted in an overheated market and a rush of development that is inappropriate and environmentally damaging, as well as being extremely expensive for the consumer.
Dr. Brian L. Horejsi, Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert, George Wuerthner
The recent proliferation of wind turbine farms is just one more case of the serious aggression and destruction that reflects the continuing expansion of an extremist private property and commercialism agenda. This socially, legally and politically defective agenda and process is being exploited by corporations, some local residents, and local governments. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not freedom and it is not democracy; it is vandalism and oppression in the name of commercialism.
Dr. Bryant Macfie
Environmental activism is a new religion infecting science. The crucifix has been replaced by the wind turbine.
Dr. John Etherington
Wind power is becoming one of the most scandalous planning issues of our time, guided in England, Wales and Scotland by advice documents which presume in favour of the industry almost irrespective of public feeling
Dr. John Etherington
The landscape is being raped [by large wind turbines] with governmental collusion and fraudulent claims.
Dr. Merlin Tuttle
If I were an investor and wanted to keep my green image intact, I would be deeply concerned about building turbines on forested ridgetops.
Dr. Michael Soulé, retired biologist and founder of the Society for Conservation Biology
“By far [habitat fragmentation] is bigger than climate change. While the serious effects from climate change are 30 years away, there’s nothing left to save then if we don’t deal with fragmentation. And the spearhead of fragmentation are roads.”