Onshore Wind Farms
by Benjaminnevis » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:48 pm
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has launched its Manifesto on Onshore Wind Farms in which it calls for the Munros and Corbetts to be protected from the proliferation of wind farms in Scotland's push for renewable energy.
The MCofS believes Scotland can achieve its aims for renewable energy without industrialising our most important mountains. The MCofS is calling for an immediate moratorium on commercial wind farms which encroach on the highest mountains, the Munros (peaks over 3,000ft) and Corbetts (2,500-3,000ft). The MCofS says, “These are among our finest mountain landscapes and are vital to our cultural and historical identity. They form a clearly identifiable group and are among the last parts of the UK free from obvious, or extensive, human presence.”
“The manifesto reflects the determination of the MCofS to defend this precious resource and it examines some of the issues and proposes practical action to balance the need for clean energy with the need to conserve our natural heritage.”
Ron Payne, the MCofS Director of Landscape and Access, said: “The mountains and wild places of Scotland are a national asset beyond price, yet they risk being irrevocably damaged by commercial wind farm developments.”
He went on to say: “As the recognised representative body for Scottish mountaineers and hill walkers we believe our uplands and wild places are at risk from climate change. They are also in danger from our response to climate change – industrial-scale wind farms in landscapes which should remain wild. The threat is not just from individual schemes, but from their cumulative impact. With ever-more schemes in the pipeline we need urgent action.“
The manifesto can be found on the MCofS website.
by NickyRannoch » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:00 pm
However by putting out a blanket statement saying they should not be near munros and corbetts is a ridiculous reactionary statement that leaves our representative body( ha ha!) with very little credibility on the issue.
I would rather a wind farm was built on the cairnwell than on the trotternish ridge. its beyond me people persist with this fantasy that by being a munro an area is automatically wild and unspoilt( actually its.not beyond me it is a lucrative industry).
Lets have a sensible debate on where windfarms and other human intrusion into the landscape are sited and where they are not. however, this manifesto is parochial, territorial and nimbyism on the largest of scales.
by welshwalker » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:17 pm
I would stick them offshore, that way we also don't need to worry about giving landowners massive incentives to allow them to build on their land. These incentives are so big that there are actually intermediaries who work on behalf of energy companies, taking their cut.
by Ranger » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:42 pm
If it's about money, the windfarms will sweep all before them - to the wind energy companies the monetary value of scenery and nature weighs in at a fat zero on their balance sheets. They are slaves to their shareholders who want profits.
As such you'd think we should put our trust in the public bodies to regulate this industry. One problem though...
Fat Salm is motivated solely by showing Scotland can stand on its own two feet and there's no chance of him or his party putting the brakes on anything that will hold back the march of the 'Wind Industry'.
It'll be up to the ordinary folk who care about Scotland's landscape and the NGOs who can see past the £ signs to make the stand, because our elected representatives certainly won't.
by benno » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:02 pm
by Benjaminnevis » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:07 pm
by Gythral » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:47 pm
Benjaminnevis wrote:Would i be correct in thinking a national park such as the cairngorms would be protected from wind farms.
Not really! there are plans waiting on a Public Enquiry (jobs for the boys, waste of our money) for areas just out side the park and visible from most high points and most of the northern park (Allt Diune - Kincraig)
by yellowbelly » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:22 pm