If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
EMILE ZOLA

Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age

Christopher Booker UK

"I have been following this (wind turbine) extraordinary story for ten years ever since, in 2002, I first began looking carefully at what really lay behind this deceptive obsession with the charms of wind power. It didn’t take me long, talking to experts and reading up on the technical facts, to see that the fashionable enthusiasm for wind energy was based on a colossal illusion. I first warned about what I called ‘the greatest mistake in our history’ in an article in the Mail almost ten years ago.
I described the claim that it would be the answer to all our future energy problems as a catastrophic failure of judgment. I feared that windpower was stupendously inefficient and ludicrously expensive and that by falling for the greatest energy hoax of our time, the Labour government could be consigning Britain to a very dark future. So unreliable are wind turbines — thanks to the wind’s constant vagaries — that they are one of the most inefficient means of producing electricity ever devised."


"The erection of a wind turbine creates apprehension in the general public, which makes the property less desirable and thus diminishes the prices of neighbouring property...” “Continuing scientific uncertainty over the adverse health consequences of wind turbines only serves to perpetuate the debilitating effect of wind turbines on property prices.”
Ben Lansink, Appraiser

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http://www.nowind.org.uk/charter.html#5 There is no evidence that windfarms bring significant local employment, but they can impact adversely on traditional industry and tourism and on property values, and thus the level of available investment in local businesses. • Turbine manufacturers use their own trained staff for construction, off-site monitoring and maintenance. The majority of wind farm developers in Britain are non-UK so “for an average £50m wind farm, approximately £35m will go abroad. The employment they bring to a local community… Continue reading

October 25, 2011

Author:  Markieta, Michael; and Carver, Steve

http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/damage-limitation/

Regular visitors to the Scottish hills cannot have failed to notice the increasing environmental influence of renewable energy in recent years. Windfarms now feature prominently in views from many of our most iconic ‘wild’ mountains, a trend likely to accelerate with the Scottish Government’s tight timetable to generate all of Scotland’s power needs with low carbon technologies. If many more large onshore windfarms now look inevitable, then the question… Continue reading

Sunday Herald, 04 Nov 12

Colin Donald Business Editor, Sunday Herald

http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/company-news/tourism-will-pay-the-price-if-views-not-protected.19318478

Failure to value the A68 “Carter Bar Panorama”, often seen as the most spectacular scenic gateway to Scotland, is resulting in a “major missed marketing opportunity” according to a new survey by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland.

Claiming to be the first survey of its type to be based on the responses of operators rather than tourists, the report “The Economic Value Of Landscape In… Continue reading

Credit:  By Iain Harrison | The Sunday Post | October 21, 2012

http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/10/21/scots-tourism-chiefs-take-on-wind-farms/

 

Scottish tourism chiefs have finally admitted wind farms could drive away visitors.

In a move that’s sure to put them on a collision course with the Scottish Government, VisitScotland has opposed a development near Lockerbie on the grounds it “could have a detrimental effect” on holidaymakers.

It is highly unusual for the taxpayer-funded agency to step in directly to challenge a wind farm application.… Continue reading