Britain is responsible for 2 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, of which a third comes from electricity generation.
Plans to produce 10 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources such as wind farms by 2010 will therefore only result in a fall of less than 0.1 per cent in global emissions.
This figure does not include the carbon released during the manufacture of the turbines and construction of the wind farm, including damage to carbonstoring bogs or the emissions created by the necessity of having reserve turbines to cope with the fluctuations in the wind.
If these factors are taken into consideration, it is possible that wind farms could even increase carbon emissions.
Scotland, one of the most mystical, unspoilt and atmospheric places in Europe, will be sullied by giant wind turbines and mega- pylon lines on the pretext of fighting global warming.
The sheer stupidity of these plans cannot be overemphasised when they will have no effect on climate change, but are more than likely to result in a damaged tourist industry and rocketing power prices for the consumer, who will in addition be footing the bill for the current public inquiry into pylon building.
A substantial proportion of electricity is wasted. The Executive should therefore set targets for eliminating waste and energy efficiency. This would be more effective than the present windpower fiasco. Scotland’s residents should scrutinise the figures, wake up to the truth and say no to wind power, the scam of the century.
Judith Hodgson, Edinbane, Isle of Skye.
Daily Mail; London
16 February 2007