In the Scotsman today there’s a report on Jim Mather and the SNP wanting to fast track decisions on wind farms shows how the SNP’s attitude has changed since they came to power. Back in January 2007 Alex Salmond said. “There is a real difficulty with public acceptance of onshore wind. There should be a cap on future developments. We should concentrate the development of onshore wind into suitable areas.” He also said that financial support for onshore wind farms should be looked at again as he believed there was a danger onshore wind developers were getting too much financial support.
Now I’m sure that our First Minister and the SNP will argue that there’s no contradiction here, but has anyone heard them mention a cap on wind farm development or a cut in subsidies since they were elected? The SNP should be ashamed as all they are doing is encouraging the on shore renewables industry. We are fast approaching the tipping point where the effect of wind farms on people’s homes and lives; our tourism and our environment is irreversible. This isn’t about saving the planet, it’s about big business, and landowners, making millions out of the destruction of our natural heritage.
Posted by Richard Haver
7 December 2007
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