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The Scottish Government Has Big Plans For The Stiff Highlands Breeze But Not Everyone Is Pleased

PJ-18-Jan-2014-1Local Scottish highlanders are forming up the ranks and preparing for a bit of a scuffle over something that many people think is just a slam dunk great thing: renewable energy.  In Scotland the preferred renewable energy resource could be the strong Scottish winds blowing across the awesomely scenic and (at least presently) wild highlands.  Plans for numerous large ‘wind farms’ are in place in the hills and mountains around Loch Ness and elsewhere.

It is important to keep in mind the fact that while the energy is renewable, a perfect landscape view is not.  Wind turbines are monumentally huge and will dominate any landscape they encounter.

Watch this video to learn more.  Warning – stick with the video – it really is about wind farms and it is an informative piece.

If you would like to dive into the action, here are two links to online petitions:

Scottish Parliament Petition

Protect Scotland’s Wild Lands From Development

Care to monitor and learn more?  We understand groups are being organized and websites are being created.  We’ll keep you up to date as we receive additional information.

5 responses to “The Scottish Government Has Big Plans For The Stiff Highlands Breeze But Not Everyone Is Pleased”

  1. http://inhabitat.com/wind-energy-made-beautiful-with-these-silent-wind-tree-turbines/

    New silent wind turbine trees installed in France; much better than the old etc.. please look into these! Thanks! (my ancestors are from Loch Ness area; I’ve never been there but plan to someday with my children and would rather see the silent trees 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Mary! We will take a peek at the silent trees from France. Sounds like a fine idea.

  3. B Duri says:

    There was a lot of opposition to windmills when they first appeared in the the Netherlands; now they’re the No. 1 tourist attraction.
    I get terribly worried when people go on about the “unspoilt” and “original” Highlands, Borders etc, when the entire landscape was created by humans by felling the trees and putting sheep there instead.
    BD

    • admin says:

      Fact: Humans are part of the highlands ecosystem. I get worried by people who try to draw a bright line separating humans and ‘nature’ or humans and ‘animals’. Or place value judgments upon landscapes affected by human involvement and landscapes without it. Humans do not exist separate and apart from the land. We are just one more species noodling around out there. The view out my bedroom window at Bowhill last summer was nothing short of perfect in my mind and I have a fairly wilderness oriented mind, mind you. Of course the Borders fields around Bowhill are very heavily manipulated landscapes but awesome nonetheless. And they are functioning in fairly good order. Many would say that native biodiversity has been reduced by the pastoral manipulation in the Borders. Probably. It has been altered, no doubt about that. It is, however, a fully functioning ecosystem that has sustained itself within its means for centuries. Good job fittin’ in humans. Alberta Tar Sands mining? Not so much.

      Just about all species leave their mark on the landscape. Why are people so dumbfounded to find that Yellowstone is a very different place with wolves than without them. The presence of top predators has a tremendous impact on the landscape – as does their absence. Ever seen a berry patch after big buddy bear has spent an afternoon rolling around there? An elk wallow? Can you say ‘destroyed’? Consider, for a moment, the complete domination of the local landscape by the every busy but wee harvester ant. Good thing those skinny little guys aren’t 150 pounds a piece! Oh, then there is Mr. Beaver. Change the landscape? Like nothing you could imagine. For the better? Depends upon who’s opinion one seeks. But humans – or ‘Umans as they are called in Texas – can destroy the entire planet you say? And how important is this little planet in the larger universal astro view of things? I certainly do not advocate destroying Planet Earth but I also do not see myself or any other human as sitting at the very the pinnacle of the universe. We just might be living on a whisker on a giant’s chin. I think we ought to be aware of that. The sun does not rise in our elbow and set in our arse.

      Humans affect the environment and the landscape and the ecosystems and the diversity, just like every other species. In every wilderness canyon or valley I have every fallen in love with, I have imagined that the view would be dramatically improved with one wee log cabin issuing smoke and the smell of taters and onions frying just down there by the stream. But nobody elses. And no windmills unless I need one. It’s still wilderness to me but not to the guy glaring down at me from the next ridge.

  4. I would like to see the blog updated for 2016. In addition, if we have a news item that we would like to have published is this the venue to use?
    Thank you. John McKinnon-Chairman- Clan MacKinnon Society

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