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Scotland Says No to Massive Windfarm and Job Creation

The Scottish government has refused a plan to build a massive windfarm, which would have produced significant amounts of renewable energy. Local authorities and businesses supported the plan, as a way to create at least 600 jobs and give Scotland a market edge in renewable-energy production. Around the world, individuals and corporations looking for a financial windfall are eager to invest in energy from the air.


So is the Scottish government anti-environment? Quite the opposite, actually. The 181 wind turbines — each 140 meters tall, mounted in concrete bases of up to 1,000 cubic meters — would have been build on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area, a habit for legally-protected bird species. Thus, it did not comply with EU environmental protection laws.

When businesses push for environmental solutions that ironically have a negative impact on the environment, is greed, rather than green, behind the plans? If governments want to recruit industries and corporations, do they have to allow for some collateral damage?

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I actually think wind farms are cool! On one of our road trips last Summer we drove past a few of them, some rather large, and I thought they were just beautiful. As far as bird bits falling from the sky, back in the early 1900's record temps of 130*F were recorded in Death Valley USA, and on one of those days it was also recorded that swallows flying in the sky were actually dropping out of the sky due to the heat. And global warming is a new thing lol.. whatever, that's a whole other discussion. Now since the project was planned for a protected piece of land well that's just dumb, it's not like the fact that it was protected is secret knowledge... try to find a better place to have the wind farm.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
ah! i was referring to those who are mean and nasty and then disappear. but yes, i have been guilty of having to disappear, or just plain forgetting that I was in a conversation. :)
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
I look forward to reading that brochure Kris since I myself do make comments and then tend to not resurface. Reason being I work and go to school full-time and so things happen during the course of the day that interrupt my social networking habits. :( Believe me Id love to argue all day long. Hell I'm off to class to probably argue for most of the evening. Is anyone else's guilty pleasure the art of arguing? In regards to the blog post here. I agree with the statements the idea has to be fully analyzed for its positives and negatives. It does seem counterintuitive to disrupt nature to conserve it.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
I look forward to reading that brochure Kris since I myself do make comments and then tend to not resurface. Reason being I work and go to school full-time and so things happen during the course of the day that interrupt my social networking habits. :(Believe me Id love to argue all day long. Hell I'm off to class to probably argue for most of the evening. Is anyone else's guilty pleasure the art of arguing?In regards to the blog post here. I agree with the statements the idea has to be fully analyzed for its positives and negatives. It does seem counterintuitive to disrupt nature to conserve it.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
that's gross! my dog would love it though. she'd be snarfing at the air!
syako syako 8 years
:cry:
syako syako 8 years
:cry:
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Well I do like McNuggets... Now if only it could rainy honey mustard...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Where do you think they get chicken Mcnuggets?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Where do you think they get chicken Mcnuggets?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
eeeek bird bits falling from the sky... yuk!
stephley stephley 8 years
I think neighbors claim that wind farms are ugly and birds keep flying into the blades.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
You're on to something Cabaker, because I would imagine land is at a premium there, and being that there is so much historical stuff, bogs, and other important things it's probably not so easy to find real estate for windmills. And goodness knows you can't dig an inch over there without finding a bogbody or something really old. I'll bet it's difficult, even once you get started.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Isn't that what most people have a problem with when it comes to wind farms? That they are eye sores?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I wonder if they chose the spot because its excluded and therefore wouldn't bother residents or tourists... hmm..
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I wonder how much damage would be done the bird habitat?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
Yes Stephley, back to the seriousness of the matter, and the fact that they COULD be innovative and try something else. like another spot! maybe they are, and they are somewhere in Glasgow hashing it out right now.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
kris :rotfl: love it!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
kris :rotfl: love it!
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't think it's a simple line between green and greed, people often do things with good intentions that end up having a negative impact on something. Why did they choose the Protection Area for the wind farm, are there less-damaging alternative sites?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
this brochure accompanies "How to dissent on a web-forum gracefully and without being an a-hole," which includes a section on "ungraceful tone and/or disappearing after initiating argument."
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
i agree 100% sy Kris, I look forward to reading your brochure...
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
i agree 100% syKris, I look forward to reading your brochure...
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
sy, this sort of situation deals directly with the office of homeland attitude adjustment. I think we SHOULD care about these things, but be reasonable about it. In the case of the person who wanted to cut branches from their neighbors' redwoods, I would also hand them the brochure about "how to not behave ridiculously in disagreements, part I."
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
sy, this sort of situation deals directly with the office of homeland attitude adjustment. I think we SHOULD care about these things, but be reasonable about it. In the case of the person who wanted to cut branches from their neighbors' redwoods, I would also hand them the brochure about "how to not behave ridiculously in disagreements, part I."
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