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Windfarms moratorium call  

A Euro MP has called for a moratorium on windfarms proposed for peatlands.

Scottish Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson says deep peatland is a natural sink for carbon dioxide.

And because peatlands have to be drained to build windfarms, “vast quantities” of CO2 is released into the atmosphere – reversing any impact on climate change.

Carbon dioxide is absorbed into forests and plants and then stored in the ground as they decay.

Mr Stevenson said peat bogs in the UK, the majority of which are in Scotland, stored the equivalent of Britain’s output of CO2 for the next 21 years.

“In other words, if we destroy these peat bogs, we are effectively releasing all of the CO2 that our factories, coal-fired power stations, cars, lorries, buses, aircraft and every other carbon emitter would produce over that timescale.”

He added: “I hope that the evidence will be sufficient to convince the European Commission to call a halt to all future wind-turbine construction on peatland.

“In the meantime, I would urge the Scottish government to call a moratorium on all proposed windfarm developments on peatland until full scientific analysis has been carried out.”

The Press and Journal

17 January 2008

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