Sunday, 5 June 2011

Feersum Endjinn

I can't remember exactly when I first saw a wind farm in Scotland but I think it was about 5 or 6 years ago, on the road to Oban. Now, if I want to see one, I just need to drive about a mile and turn left. Go a wee bit further and there's another one. In the next year or so, I'll be able to see one from my front garden.

The proliferation of these things continues apace. Depending on which side of the fence you sit on, it's either driven by an overwhelming desire to save the planet or pure, old-fashioned greed. Personally, I think it's the latter. There's a huge amount of money to be made from "renewables" and there's folk out there grabbing it with both hands, aided and abetted by our (Scottish) government.

The public at large are blissfully unaware of (or perhaps don't care about) what's happening. Maybe if they planted a couple of turbines in Holyrood Park or Princes Street Gardens, folk would feel differently? While they're at it, they can change the sign at the border: "Welcome to Scotland The Klondyke"

It angers me. And I'm not the only one. Alan Sloman has done a power (no pun intended) of work and you can read about it here. It compelled me to get off my arse and do something. I hope it gets others to do the same.

Burn Motherfucker, burn....

Update: Additional Links

John Muir Trust - Info on the Campaign Page
Mountaineering Council of Scotland - Access and Conservation


Alan Sloman said...

Thanks for the link, Kev.

It is quite surprising, even amongst the outdoor community, how little it is known how many wind farms are coming our way on wild land. Another couple of great resources are the John Muir Trust and MCofS websites, who are both doing sterling work objecting to wind farm planning proposals.

Big Kev said...

Thanks Al. Links added. Most folk I know are unaware of what's going on so I'll be on my soapbox every chance I get :o)