For Mr Donald Trump.
For Mr Donald Trump.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Whitelee Windfarm last weekend. My wife and I took my four month old daughter Amélie Sofia around the tracks of Europe’s largest windfarm in her buggy after asking the advice of the very helpful and informed member of staff about the suitability of using a four wheeler on the paths that extend to 70km. I was incredibly impressed by the sheer spectacle of these ‘wind catching machines’ and blown away (no pun intended) by the number of them as we wandered around to see them closeup and also sprawling over the wet & windy horizon. A grand total of 140 of these huge turbines powering 30,000 homes each year have to be seen and heard, its a subtle and beautiful sound playing a harmony of a low hum & high whistle as they pass overhead combined with a visual experience you will never forget.
Most of the complaints about this type of renewable energy come from people who are interested in preserving the landscape of Scotland, which I completely understand and have had many serious conversations about with people on both sides. Although sadly there has been some more ridiculous complaints from arrogant, greedy businessmen who are looking to Scotland with a view to increase their wealth. Donald Trump is the person I direct this previous point at, he states that Scotland will never become Independent under the leadership of Alex Salmond as a result of the introduction of wind turbines (that are seemingly ugly, inefficient, expensive and a cause of the total destruction of tourism). He predicts a “third world wasteland that global investors will avoid”. I find this entire concept completely ludicrous and naive especially when the USA (Mr Trump’s home country) built more windfarms last year than the UK has altogether. Surely the very facts that Scotland is the leading nation in renewable energy, with 35% of Scotland’s energy being supplied by wind & other renewable means in 2011 is, in my opinion, very impressive indeed. Without going into to too much detail, it is clear that without the use of renewable energy we will have no where to call a “wasteland that global investors will avoid”, because quite simply we will tire our resources as we have been doing already and eventually wipe ourselves out.
On a final note, I would like to look at the positive things that come from sourcing energy from natural resources and more importantly, renewables in your own country.