Skip to comments.Alex 'Butcher' Salmond has destroyed Scotland [windfarms]
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 ...
"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
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..
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.
And I bitched about cell towers.
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.
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.
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.
Greece has windfarms in south Greece which all sit iddle and useless.
That looks photoshopped.
So unnatural. Scary.
I have been to this part of Scotland many years ago. It is truly magnificent, or was anyway.
perhaps we should start a thread montage of abandoned windfarms.
who wouldn’t want to vacation there?
seriously, northern Germany looked like this a decade ago, can only imagine how it looks now
***The environmentalists dont 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.
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!
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.
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.
Note: this topic was posted 10/20/2012. Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
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