Sir, It is always a delight when a letter awakens a landowner.
James F Lithgow’s insult about ‘blow-ins’ is a typical trait.
I worked extremely hard to buy my farm, not being able to piggyback on my forebears’ efforts, and I didn’t ‘blow-in’, it took two forty-foot pantechnicons four days.
It is clear he has an interest in wind turbines, and no doubt with a pair of wellies, a fish farm or two.
His blinkered refusal to accept the huge body of evidence regarding fish farm contamination suggests he has an investment and it needs protecting. But only, of course, if you don’t have a commercial interest.
There is a huge amount of evidence that mechanical kelp harvesting does irreparable damage to the sea bed. Could I draw your readers’ attention to the Facebook page Stop Mechanical Kelp Dredging?
The sea bed can’t be seen, but a bank statement can.
No prizes for who is the loser. The 600 jobs in aquaculture will not last long if mass kelp harvesting is allowed to decimate sub-sea environments and the only jobs on fish farms will be pushing barrows of diseased and dead fish.
I’ve no doubt he knows that wind turbines have a 25-year life span and then the hugely disruptive process will start again if an alternative has not been discovered. It has been calculated that the energy costs of a wind turbine will never be recovered during its lifespan, but those receiving grants really don’t care. Why, given the amount of rainfall in Argyll, are hydro schemes not pursued?
It used to be a mystery, until one looks at the vast sums of subsidy given by a gullible government to so-called ‘alternative energy sources’, which actually means ‘alternative revenue sources’.
There are any number of pretty glens that could be dammed, providing an extra environmentally-friendly leisure resource, create an opportunity for aquaculture and would not require a replacement somewhere down the line.
Alexander Hamilton, Tayvallich.