UN victory grandmother attacks Alex Salmond over wind farms

August 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Mrs Metcalfe took her case to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland after committee
after becoming increasingly frustrated when trying to access information
about a wind farm built near her Taynuilt home.

The community councillor argued that the UK’s renewables policies had been
drawn up in such a way that it denied the public the right to be informed.

She claimed this prevented people from learning of the negative effects that
wind power can have on health, the environment and the economy.

Speaking about her victory, Mrs Metcalfe said: “Alex Salmond is driving an
aggressive green agenda like an express train across Scotland, bludgeoning
anyone who gets in the way as being a Luddite and anti-green.”

“It was very gratifying to find that such an important point was upheld. The
ramifications will become clearer in time. There will be resistance from
various quarters.

“No wind farm developer has ever had to explain the benefits of wind.
Evidence tells us that wind power performance shows not only no reduction in
carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions, but also the very reverse.”

The Carraig Gheal wind farm near Mrs Metcalfe’s home has 20 turbines, which
stand at up to 262ft tall (80m) and have blades with a diameter of up to
410ft (125m).

Mr Salmond has set a target of generating the equivalent of all Scotland’s
electricity from renewable sources by 2020, with the vast majority of the
increase expected to come from onshore wind farms.

The Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this year how Scottish Government
officials have written to local authority planning departments across the
country ordering them to set aside more land for wind farms.

Despite expert warnings otherwise, Renewables UK, which represents wind farm
companies, said the UN ruling would not affect existing developments.

A Scottish Government spokesman said the committee had backed its
“consultative approach when considering wind farm applications” and it was
“committed to applying strict environment assessment procedures.”

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