Campaigner petitions Scottish Parliament about National Scenic Areas

Comment: Much appreciated support for our National Scenic Area Petition from Scotland’s foremost environmental Non Government Organisation, the John Muir Trust.

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John Muir Trust

A Loch Awe community council is calling on the Scottish Parliament to review the NSAs designation process

Christine Metcalfe, on behalf of Avich & Kilchrennan Community Council in the Loch Awe area of Argyll & Bute is petitioning the Scottish Parliament, asking for the Scottish Government to review the process for designation of National Scenic Areas (NSAs) and to consider increasing the number of NSAs in Scotland to protect the natural landscape and support the tourism sector.

Currently, there are 40 NSAs across Scotland. As recently as 2015 the Scottish Government indicated that it had no plans to designate any further NSAs but this latest petition argues that it is becoming clear that due to pressures from various quarters, including those of the renewable energy industry, some areas deserving of the title of National Scenic Area have not yet been recognised as being in urgent need of this. The petition cites the specific case of Loch Awe in Argyll which it argues has a distinct and unique regional character, and provides an increasingly rare, quieter experience in an unspoilt landscape. It is extremely narrow, and is therefore vulnerable to significant detrimental impacts from any large renewable energy or infrastructure projects unavoidably visible to both sides of the loch.

These potential impacts on the tranquility and beauty of the area will have a subsequent impact on the locally dependent tourism sector and upon the natural wildlife in the Loch Awe area (which includes the Glen Etive and Glen Fyne Golden Eagle Special Protection Area).

Although Loch Awe has been used by way of a specific example, the petition argues that the impacts of large infrastructure projects might also affect many other areas of Scotland that have their own distinct and unique regional character.

Take action!

The John Muir Trust supports this petition to ensure the protection of Scotland’s important landscapes from industrial-scale development. Members of the public can sign the petition and give comments before it closes on 7 June, prior to further consideration by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

Sign the petition here – closes 7 June!

 

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DAMAGES & COSTS FOR FAMILIES FORCED TO ABANDONED THEIR HOMES

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DAMAGES & COSTS FOR FAMILIES FORCED TO ABANDONED THEIR HOMES

Ireland’s wind industry has been put on notice.  Damages and costs will be decided for the families adversely harmed by the noise emitted from wind turbines.  The implications for the industry will no doubt reverberate worldwide. (Read prior court ruling by following link below)

Enercon Admits Liability in High Court Ireland

Court Case Has “Serious Implications” For Wind Farms – Local Campaigner

The future of wind farms in Ireland could be called into question this week.

Seven families from Cork, who claim they had to leave their homes five years ago due to noise levels, will have damages and costs decided by the High Court tomorrow.

It is the first action of its kind in this country and may open industrial wind developers to further legal challenges.

Laois woman Paula Byrne, PRO…

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Neighbours Sue Wind Power Operator – Infigen – for $20m Damages Caused by Devastating Wind Farm Fire

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On 17 January 2017, wind farm operator Infigen sparked a blaze that ripped across the southern Tablelands of NSW and destroyed 3,400 hectares (8,400 acres), hundreds of sheep and cattle, sheds and at least one home. STT first reported on it on 25 January: Wind Power Setting the World on Fire: Infigen Sparks Devastating NSW Bushfire

The losses suffered by neighbours are in the tens of $millions. A class-action just launched by some of those neighbours is chasing Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit for $20 million in loss and damage, with more neighbours set to join the action and add many $millions more to that number.

Wind farm company sued over bushfire caused by electrocuted crow
The Australian
Matthew Spencer
4 May 2017

The owners of a wind farm near Canberra are being sued for sparking a catastrophic bushfire in January, in what is believed to be the first…

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Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy

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Matt Ridley | The Spectator

The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market last year’.

You may have got the impression from announcements like that, and from the obligatory pictures of wind turbines in any BBC story or airport advert about energy, that wind power is making a big contribution to world energy today. You would be wrong. Its contribution is still, after decades — nay centuries — of development, trivial to the point of irrelevance.

Here’s a quiz; no conferring. To the nearest whole number, what percentage of the world’s energy consumption was supplied by wind power in 2014, the last year for which there are reliable figures? Was it 20 per cent, 10 per cent or 5 per cent? None of the above: it was 0 per cent. That is to say, to the nearest whole number, there is still no wind power on Earth.

Even put together, wind and photovoltaic solar are supplying less than 1 per cent of global energy demand. From the International Energy Agency’s 2016 Key Renewables Trends, we can see that wind provided 0.46 per cent of global energy consumption in 2014, and solar and tide combined provided 0.35 per cent. Remember this is total energy, not just electricity, which is less than a fifth of all final energy, the rest being the solid, gaseous, and liquid fuels that do the heavy lifting for heat, transport and industry.

Such numbers are not hard to find, but they don’t figure prominently in reports on energy derived from the unreliables lobby (solar and wind). Their trick is to hide behind the statement that close to 14 per cent of the world’s energy is renewable, with the implication that this is wind and solar. In fact the vast majority — three quarters — is biomass (mainly wood), and a very large part of that is ‘traditional biomass’; sticks and logs and dung burned by the poor in their homes to cook with. Those people need that energy, but they pay a big price in health problems caused by smoke inhalation.

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My Enemy Flicker: Neighbour’s Video Depicts Misery of Life in Wind Turbine’s Pulsing Shadow

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For those unfortunates forced to live cheek-by-jowl with these things, it isn’t just incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound that drives neighbours nuts.

At sunrise or sunset, those with turbines on their doorstep find shadow flicker – the pulsing beams of light that compete with rolling darkness inside their homes – is just another source of irritation to be suffered at the hands of an industry utterly devoid of human compassion or decency. The piece below tells the story of the video above.

Dashwood couple’s problem with shadow flicker raises ire
Chatham Daily News
Lynda Hillman-Rapley
5 May 2017

Matt Metzgar’s video has gone viral.

Filmed April 28 and then uploaded, the video of the shadow flicker his parents live with at their RR 1, Dashwood home has been viewed over 44,000 times and has been shared 740 times.

Metzgar filmed and then shared the video to draw attention…

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Top Sleep Specialist Slams ‘Nocebo’ Nonsense: Wind Turbine Noise Obvious Cause of Sleep Deprivation

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Dr Wayne Spring is a sleep specialist with a lifetime’s experience of dealing with those suffering from sleep deprivation from all manner of causes. Recently, Dr Spring went into print, slamming those from the wind-cult who spend their time deriding the wind industry’s victims, rather than listening.

One of its victims, who will never be silenced, is STT Champion, Annie Gardner who let rip in the Hamilton Spectator with this thumping letter to the editor, picking up Dr Spring’s sharpest points along the way.

WIND TURBINE IMPACTS ECHO SEASICKNESS
Hamilton Spectator
29 April 2017

IT’S most important that Dr Wayne Spring’s willingness to expose his experience of treating many wind farm victims, referred to him for sleep deprivation, is released to the people in your readership area, particularly as so many will become exposed to the same problems particularly around Macarthur and Oaklands Hill. Below are excerpts from Dr Wayne…

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New Book from Danish Journalist Peter Skeel Hjorth

New book documents the wind turbine industry’s abuse of power:

A HIDDEN POWER

From the media press release:

“Wind turbines are not noisy! We hear it again and again from both the wind turbine industry and the politicians. But why then are there people that suffer because of the noise? And why was a professor at Aalborg University fired, and his apparatus to gauge wind turbine noise confiscated?

Professor Henrik Møller is an expert in sound. He has invented an apparatus that can gauge low frequency noise from wind turbines inside a house in a very simple way. And ready to lend to people that feel that the wind turbines in their vicinity are noisy. Finally providing a way to get a clear picture!

But Aalborg University has fired Henrik Møller and his apparatus is not being used. In En skjult magt (in English: A Hidden Power) prize winning journalist Peter Skeel Hjorth shows how the Danish universities, authorities and politicians are bullied by the wind turbine industry. The book also shows how the municipalities especially are subjected to an extreme – and unlawful – pressure from the wind turbine industry.”

See full press release here: En skjult magt – A Hidden Power (PDF)

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