Spin does not match re­al­ity

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

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,

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