Why do we insist on destroying nature on the pretence of saving it?
WHILST completely in agreement with Struan Stevenson (“March of the wind
farms is destroying Scotland’s beauty – but we can stop it”, The Herald,
May 27) about the catastrophic effect of unrestrained wind farm development
on Scotland’s beautiful landscapes, the opinion of people living in the
Central Belt are largely ignored on this subject.
Latest figures from the Scottish Government and other databases show that
East Renfrewshire has by far the highest density of turbines in the whole
of Scotland at 1.144 turbines per square kilometre compared to 0.030 per sq
km in the Highlands. East Renfrewshire may not be classed as a scenic area,
it may not be a tourist area, but it is home to many people and we don’t
all love having turbines in view from every direction.
We have as much right to enjoy the countryside as anyone else, if not more,
because the majority are employed in the city and need respite from that
environment. Having to walk amongst the 215 turbines at Whitelee or dodge
the Neilston and Middleton wind farms alongside the myriad of single
turbines densely scattered throughout the area is not everyone’s idea of a
pleasant day out. The greenbelt has been destroyed. Why are we destroying
nature on the pretence of saving it?
I’m sure that Mr Stevenson and I both agree that we don’t need any more
wind turbines in any area of Scotland.
Aileen Jackson, Uplawmoor.
Wind power key to our future
STRUAN Stevenson’s claims about wind energy are at best uninformed.
To answer several: renewable energy now provides the equivalent of 97.4 per
cent of Scotland’s electricity consumption. Wind provides the majority of
that power.
Wind power is not expensive – in fact, quite the opposite. Wind power and
large-scale solar are the cheapest forms of new energy generation, full stop.
Mr Stevenson may also want to consider the damage which climate change will
do to Scotland’s flora and fauna: it is the greatest threat to their
existence, and decarbonising our energy system is vital if we are to tackle
it. Wind power – to which latest UK Government figures show only 10% of
Scots are opposed – is key to doing that while delivering year-round
economic benefits to remote communities across Scotland.
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables, Glasgow.
Look at the alternatives
STRUAN Stevenson’s article on wind farms points out the negatives about
their use onshore, but comes up with no suggestion as to how we are to
produce the electricity we will need in much greater quantities for our
all-electric future. He uses the word “industrial” four times to describe
turbines as if that were a dirty word rather than a statement of the obvious.
He could have pointed out some of the positives in alternative ways of
renewable energy production, such as the generation of tidal electricity in
Orkney and the Scottish firm in the forefront of hydrogen production.
He could also have pointed out some of the more glaring negatives from the
government he represented in Europe for many years.
Two obvious examples would be the abandoned Severn Valley barrage which
Theresa May considered uncompetitive, and the current Government’s failure
to build a battery gigafactory which could answer some of the objections to
the intermittent nature of renewable electricity.
Sam Craig, Glasgow.
COULD Struan Stevenson please explain his plan for “keeping the lights on”?
John Fleming, Glasgow.

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