Stop this drive for wind power now
Very informative article on wind farms in The Herald on Sunday (What is the
true cost of wind power?, August 25). Linda Holt raised some very
compelling issues in her case for the prosecution and add to these the
destruction of the land and seascapes of our beautiful country, where it is
becoming more difficult to have a view that is not interrupted by wind
turbines waving their monstrous arms. Surely it is time to call a halt to
this destruction. We could cover every inch of our country with these alien
structures and it would have no impact whatsoever on climate change.
That’s not to say that we should not be striving for alternatives to fossil
fuels; of course we should, and wind power has a part to play, but enough
is enough and it would seem that the driving force for more wind power has
less to do with concern for the climate and more about financial gain for
Scottish Renewables. Wind farms have certainly brought no financial benefit
to the consumer who has seen the cost of electricity soar, regardless of
the fact that a large proportion is generated from renewables.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the SNP government seems to have an
obsession with wind generation and has even overruled local authorities on
the odd occasion that the authority has refused planning consent for a wind
farm, so perhaps, come 2021, we should take the opportunity to replace them
with a government that has a better regard for our beautiful country. As
yet it remains to be seen who that might be.
Politicians have warned that Britain will never reach its goal to cut
greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 if the government continues to freeze fuel
duty while public transport becomes more expensive. The fuel duty in every
litre of fuel is 57.95p plus VAT of 20% = 69.54p and brings in £28 billion
a year plus VAT. As electric vehicles increase in numbers, subsidised by
the taxpayer with a grant of £3,500 and £500 for a home-charging point,
what taxes will replace the fuel duty lost?
The UK (1.13% of global emissions) could shut down tomorrow and it would
not make any difference to the “climate emergency”.
Countries responsible for the majority of emissions are still burning
fossil fuels, driving 1.2 billion petrol/diesel vehicles, increasing to two
billion by 2035, eating meat from one billion cattle, one billion sheep and
900 million pigs. The world population of 7.7 billion, increasing to 9.8
billion by 2050, is a colossal factor the climate brigade choose to ignore.