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Alex 'Butcher' Salmond has destroyed Scotland [windfarms]
Telegraph - UK ^ | October 20, 2012 | James Delingpole

Posted on 10/20/2012 6:28:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Today is the Scottish National Party conference in Perth. At some stage, SNP leader Alex Salmond will no doubt be crowing, as he is wont to do, about his success in transforming Scotland into the "Saudi Arabia of renewables". This is inaccurate. What he has actually done is transform Scotland into the Saudi Arabia of tourism, which is to say he has turned a once-beautiful country into a vast, inhospitable desert which no one in their right mind would want to visit.

Scotland's landscape was, until recently, one of the great glories of our national heritage. What made it so special was its vastness, its remoteness, its stark, unspoilt magnificence. Though, of course, man has played his part in shaping it – the stone walls and bothies built by crofters, the patchwork colours on the hillside caused by burning sections of heather on the moor in order to provide new shoots for the grouse – but till now his presence has been discreet and has enhanced the country's beauty rather than detracting from it. No more, however. Wind farms have ruined everything.

This must-read article about the devastation wrought on just one part of Scotland – remote and rugged Caithness – says it all. It was written by a man who genuinely loves and appreciates nature – as opposed to all those misanthropic environmental zealots who are destroying the planet while pretending to save it with "renewable energy". Here's a sample:....

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Science
KEYWORDS: alexsalmond; caithness; dedevelop; economy; energy; enviromentalism; europeanunion; greenblight; renewable; scotland; scotlandyet; unitedkingdom; wind Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

Scotland's wind farm footprint:

"The August 2012 version of the map is available below. We have changed the format of the map this year as the labelling was getting too difficult on a single page. The new format splits Scotland in to 4 sections and provides a more detail map for each, with a numbered key for the wind farms. The first page still provides the national overview, minus the names of the wind farms......" Source

2 posted on 10/20/2012 6:36:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Monuments to pure stupidity. Windmills would devastate our tourism industry in Michigan.

Proposal 3 would require that the state add as many as 13 times more wind turbines in Michigan than currently operate. Proposal 3 would mandate that 25 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources. Wind is expected to be the primary supplier of renewable energy if the proposal passes.

Advocates and experts predict 2,300 to 3,790 nearly 500-feet high wind turbines would have to be added to meet the 25-percent mandate. Michigan currently has 292 wind turbines in operation.


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3 posted on 10/20/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why would the Scots be interested in wind energy anyway? There is no profit and the gusts blow their kilts up to expose their hairy naked bums adding, if nothing else, to the national nausea..


4 posted on 10/20/2012 6:38:30 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("God helps those who help themselves ergo The Second Amendment")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The environmentalists don’t see what eyesores these giant windmills are, covering acres and acres of once beautiful land, yet can’t see the hypocritical stance they take to prevent a few oil rigs in ANWR because they claim it will destroy the pristine environment. A place thousands of miles from where 99% of the human population will never be able to get to.


5 posted on 10/20/2012 6:48:23 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (Scats for Newt!)
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To: 3catsanadog
The environmentalists don’t see what eyesores these giant windmills are, covering acres and acres of once beautiful land, yet can’t see the hypocritical stance they take to prevent a few oil rigs in ANWR because they claim it will destroy the pristine environment.

An oil rig stands for a few months, windmills are forever.
6 posted on 10/20/2012 6:54:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And I bitched about cell towers.


7 posted on 10/20/2012 7:01:06 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Vinnie

The dirty secret is that you can build 10,000 windmills next to a large city and you cannot shut down a single power plant! The plants must all remain running for when there are lulls in the wind.


8 posted on 10/20/2012 7:24:08 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Windmills are not only next to useless in reliably generating electricity, they are a blight on any landscape. I have seen in southwestern Minnesota virtual forests of these 300 foot monstrosities that extend literally from horizon to horizon. Often as not you drive by and see only a few if any turning in the wind... billions of dollars invested in electric power generation that depends on fickle winds is pure folly.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 7:31:12 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: cripplecreek
Not always:


10 posted on 10/20/2012 7:37:50 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The 0bummer Penguin: I played this country like a harp from hell.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
Scottish National Party... leader Alex Salmond will no doubt be crowing... about his success in transforming Scotland into the "Saudi Arabia of renewables"... What he has actually done is transform Scotland into the Saudi Arabia of tourism, which is to say he has turned a once-beautiful country into a vast, inhospitable desert which no one in their right mind would want to visit.

11 posted on 10/20/2012 7:39:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The first image for: Scotland wind farms


12 posted on 10/20/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Greece has windfarms in south Greece which all sit iddle and useless.


13 posted on 10/20/2012 7:46:26 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping


14 posted on 10/20/2012 7:54:20 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That looks photoshopped.
So unnatural. Scary.


15 posted on 10/20/2012 8:00:26 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I have been to this part of Scotland many years ago. It is truly magnificent, or was anyway.


16 posted on 10/20/2012 8:07:21 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: longtermmemmory
There is already an entire windfarm in Hawaii which has simply been abandoned.
17 posted on 10/20/2012 8:12:10 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

perhaps we should start a thread montage of abandoned windfarms.


18 posted on 10/20/2012 8:18:25 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

who wouldn’t want to vacation there?

(sarc)

seriously, northern Germany looked like this a decade ago, can only imagine how it looks now


19 posted on 10/20/2012 8:35:14 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: 3catsanadog

***The environmentalists don’t see what eyesores these giant windmills are,****

Forty five years ago enviros were crying that power poles were ruining the view of many places. Now they demand windmills.

Can’t please them.


20 posted on 10/20/2012 8:43:33 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

The envirowhackos believe in magic!

Wind driven power makes sense only in very limited areas for very specific uses.

The cost to extract energy from the wind and get it to the end user is not economical ,and probably never will be.But if all the coal,nuclear ,and hydro plants are shut down,THEN wind and solar become absolutely wonderful!


21 posted on 10/20/2012 9:00:40 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
And when their subsidies run out, they are often abandoned and left to rot. There are no laws that require wind turbine owners to bank funds for future cleanup of abandoned sites (unlike nuclear energy, which is required to maintain an adequate decommissioning fund). If you think they are ugly when they are running (which they are), this is what you are left with:


22 posted on 10/20/2012 9:13:50 AM PDT by chimera
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ll disagree with Delingpole on this one. I took a trip through a lot of Scotland last May-June, and it’s still breathtakingly beautiful. Can’t recall seeing much or any wind turbines. Not to say that it might yet become a problem.


23 posted on 10/20/2012 9:17:19 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The new variety of windmall reminds me more of the "Tripods" that take over earth than the old variety (See the "White Mountains" trilogy).


24 posted on 10/20/2012 10:49:29 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: The Great RJ
Windmills are not only next to useless in reliably generating electricity, they are a blight on any landscape.

I've spent a lifetime as an engineer and I have to say that windmills not only blight the land scape and prove a danger to wild birds, they are a terribly inefficient depending as they do on the vagaries of the weather. The greatest flaw in the current crop of wind turbines is the placement of all of the heavy mechanical equipment atop the tower. If it becomes necessary to service any of the rotating equipment you need to bring in a crane somewhat taller than the tower. Servicing the rotor bearings (beyond an oil change) would require dismantling the blades and the pitch control. Servicing the speed increasing gear box or the generator itself would require removal of the components to the ground to allow disassembly and would seriously unbalance the pod housing at the top of the tower unless the blades were removed as well.

A better approach would be to place the mechanicals at the base of the tower and go with a vertical axis turbine. In truth it would solve some problems but nothing can remove the necessity for 100% fossil/hydro/nuclear backup of any wind power scheme.

Regards,
GtG

25 posted on 10/20/2012 6:50:28 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Scotland will fit right in the EU, and will do as it's told.
Note: this topic was posted 10/20/2012. Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.

26 posted on 09/13/2014 12:23:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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