Thursday, 7 April 2011

John Muir's Turning In His Grave

As a native of East Lothian and a huge fan of the county's most famous son, the founder of the modern nature conservation movement, it's disappointing to see the John Muir Trust continuing to dismiss wind farms as a way of reducing the carbon footprint of our energy needs.

Their latest nonsense is a report by an anti-wind campaigner and is full of holes. The saddest thing is they never offer an alternative. Turbines spoil the view for some people therefore they must be stopped. I'd like to think Muir would appreciate what a threat to nature climate change is and that adding a few turbines to the skyline as part of a renewable energy mix is a price worth paying compared to either doing nothing or using more coal or nuclear which are both devastating for the environment.

As well as hailing from Muir's old stamping ground I'm a Munro bagger and the sight of a wind farm from a mountain top always fills me with hope and happiness.

It's also disappointing to see the P&J refer to the recent NIMBY gathering at Holyrood - those involved claim 250 people attended when in fact only about 30 turned up. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story...

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