The latest in a long line of developers to submit wind power station proposals in Galloway, Infinergy, states on its website its intention is “putting the right sized wind farm in the right place”.
It clearly means it since it has applied for no fewer than three sites in almost as many miles in the Stewartry, giving a grand total of 77 giant wind turbines.
So it must have found not one but three places of the right size which are also just in the right place – at least in the firm’s opinion!
Infinergy also states: “We are a wind farm development company, committed to renewable energy to help preserve our planet.”
Figures released by RenewableUK in February demonstrate total carbon emissions savings in the whole of the UK, not just Scotland of 10.9m tonnes over 18 months (National Grid) – at most 7.3 million tonnes per year.
Estimated UK annual carbon savings from wind generation are 7.3 million tonnes (National Grid).
Estimated global annual carbon emissions for 2012 are 35.6 billion tonnes (Nature Climate Change).
That means 7.3 million tons as a percentage of 35.6 billion tonnes equates to 0.02 per cent.
0.02 per cent annual CO2 savings expressed as a fraction of global CO2 emissions for 2012 is 1/5000
In other words, all the wind turbines in the UK, all 4158 of them, saved just one five-thousandth of the world’s total.
If the consequences of erecting these useless turbines for our land, our birds, bats and wildlife, our tourist economy and our own lives were not so serious then it would be just a sick joke.
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