The Oban Times - - Agenda -

For the elec­torate and peo­ple suf­fer­ing from tur­bine im­pacts, in­escapable facts re­main. Those paid to rep­re­sent us have no right to im­pose an en­ergy pol­icy that is harm­ful to our phys­i­cal, men­tal or eco­nomic health or the en­vi­ron­ment in which we live. We, con­versely, have a right to re­ject the rapid im­po­si­tion of poli­cies based largely upon weak/ un­proven the­o­ries, ide­olo­gies, or po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency, which dis­pro­por­tion­ately ben­e­fit the few to the detri­ment of many.

As spec­u­la­tive wind power ap­pli­ca­tions rise through­out Scot­land, vested in­ter­ests mask prob­lems re­lat­ing to en­ergy pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies which have the ca­pac­ity, through ex­ces­sive im­ple­men­ta­tion, to cause the op­po­site ef­fect. Be­fore im­pos­ing an en­ergy pol­icy upon a pop­u­la­tion, claims re­lat­ing to emis­sion sav­ings and ben­e­fits must be first proven - and that it is be­ing done with­out in­flict­ing ac­tual or in­di­rect harm. This in­cludes full trans­parency of plans and com­pli­ance with In­ter­na­tional Treaty le­gal obli­ga­tions. If we do not in­sist that those in power act in our best in­ter­ests via the rule of law and com­pli­ance with treaties in­volv­ing hu­man rights and as­pects in­volved, we are risk­ing a loss of democ­racy.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment de­nials of ad­verse im­pacts upon tourism and vis­i­tor num­bers, ev­i­dence of peo­ple suf­fer­ing harm and of plum­met­ing property prices, show an in­abil­ity to ac­cept that in re­al­ity all those things are hap­pen­ing.

‘ Wil­ful blind­ness’ is an apt de­scrip­tion of the sta­tus quo. Un­bi­ased politi­cians un­afraid to depart from party lines are few. If any ex­ist with a ca­pac­ity for se­ri­ous re­search, will they please step for­ward to as­sist col­leagues who don’t.

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