Spin does not match reality
Sir, – “If only,” means wishful thinking, which applies to excited messages about the claim last month that 98% of Scotland’s electric power needs could have come from wind turbines, if only we were able to store the power efficiently.
If only the generated power could have been delivered when needed rather than only unpredictably and intermittently available.
If only, one must add, wind powered electricity generation could cut our greenhouse gas output, with hardware manufactured in Scotland rather than abroad, so creating new long term and local jobs.
If only it did not despoil our land and marine environment so much.
If only it did not slaughter avian wildlife.
If only it did not produce low frequency noise to damage the health of those living within range.
If only “wind farms” were not critically dependent on public subsidies.
If only we could stop depending on fossil fuels, the hypothesis goes,