Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Please Help Save Scotland
The Germans are arguing and it's not about the EU or immigration. In June 2011 Angela Merkel's government launched a new energy policy which was prompted by the Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe in Japan.
Now the German environmental movements, the Green Party and the conservative Christian Democrats, are at loggerheads. Many environmentalists want to see the expansion of renewable energies at any price but there is now a conflict because those who have been feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the way things are going have decided they can keep quiet no longer.
What has happened is that the environmentalists role has changed from fighting road and rail projects to protecting birds and rare frog species. Now they are forced to defend massive high-voltage power lines while being careful not to scare off their core environmentalist clientele, (those providing the basic funding).
A senior German politician claimed that investors in renewable energies were being 'serially harassed by the low-level regional nature-conservation authorities' and the state government wasn't helping to combat this.
According to the Speigel wind energy's fast growth has ended in Europe and nearly every country that subsidises renewable energy has been tinkering with changes or rewriting regulation.
At the moment the Scottish government continues to permit turbines to be built all over the beautiful Scottish scenery. Soon the scenery on a journey from Perth to Edinburgh will include turbines for most of the trip and planning departments continue to approve applications very frequently.
I had no problem with small wind farms being built to aid small communities or a few major projects which would provide energy to the cities but do we want our famous and loved scenery to be blighted by turbines at every turn in the road? I say no and concur with Rhona Weir's opinion. Rhona Weir is the widow of Tom Weir and is a great champion of the Scottish landscape. You can hear an interview with her and windwiseradio here.
The petition to save our countryside is here and the deadline for signatures is this Friday, the 15 March. I would ask you to contribute by adding your signature if you agree with Rhona Weir.