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Scotland’s Energy Vision Ignores The Needs Of Industry

January 27, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Philip Bratby








There is a commentary piece in the magazine, Engineering and Technology by David Watson, a chartered electrical engineer.

It is a powerful indictment of energy policy in Scotland, and by implication the wider UK:






  1. roger permalink
    January 27, 2017 2:59 pm

    Why would a country that proudly announced that it had over a million registered disabled want industry?

  2. January 27, 2017 3:13 pm

    Unfortunately the Scottish Government believes that WWF-Scotland, RSPB-Scotland and Friends of the Earth-Scotland are experts on the energy industry. The same is true of the UK Government and The UK versions of these NGOs. The view is reinforced by the likes of the BBC with their propaganda. Has anything like the contents of this article been said by the bureaucrats in DECC or BEIS? I think not. Nor is it said by National Grid, who will always profit from fixing the problems caused by Government policy. One day the chickens will come home to roost, but it will then be too late for many people and many industries.

    The unfortunate thing with these articles from expert chartered engineers is that nobody in Government can understand what they are talking about.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      January 27, 2017 4:50 pm

      We really have got ourselves in a pickle with the enviro-NGOs, haven’t we? Why did anyone ever think they knew what they were talking about on the subject of electricity generation and transmission?

      But the telling section in that article is WWF’s barefaced cheek (anyone have a better phrase?) in stating almost in so many words that we can make Scotland fossil-fuel free but only by nicking electricity from England when that doesn’t work. It beggars belief. Even the eco-nuts are usually a little more subtle than that!

    • January 27, 2017 6:06 pm

      If those in gov’t cannot understand a Chartered Engineer’s report, then (1) why don’t they ask someone to explain it so they can understand, (2) how are they there at all, and (3) why do they only listen to the fairyland reports from WWF and FoE, and not apply hard nosed scepticism to them before lavishing huge amounts OUR tax money on these pixie dust renewable projects?

  3. Alma Knack permalink
    January 27, 2017 4:20 pm

    Is Tidal Lagoon Energy going to redress the balance?

  4. Roy Hartwell permalink
    January 27, 2017 4:52 pm

    I’m afraid Scotland (or at least The Sturgeon) are convinced that the EU will come riding to their rescue because they are displaying such loyalty to ‘The Cause’. Methinks they are in for a VERY rude awakening !!

    • January 27, 2017 6:07 pm

      The question Sturgeon need a loud and constant reminder of is; how many will die in the process?

      • Tom O permalink
        January 27, 2017 6:57 pm

        To answer, in part, your question – how many people will die from this? The answer is simple – all the expendable, deplorable, poor, old, and disabled, but not to worry, we will replace them with robots anyway, if they live or if they die.

        In a world of AI, robots, and self driving cars, exactly what purpose is there for “man” anyway? What the greedy money wringers forget is this – without people, there is no need for products. Without WORKING people, there is no one to buy them, either, no matter how cheaply robots and AI can produce them. but the rush to profit overlooks that rather simple fact.

  5. markl permalink
    January 27, 2017 5:34 pm

    It’s through the incompetence of the enviro wackos and by design of the politicians that industry is not included. Fossil fuels are being demonized in the West to bring about the destruction of Capitalism. It’s never been about temperature and saving the world is the bogeyman.

    • BoyfromTottenham permalink
      January 28, 2017 7:28 am

      markl – What makes you think that the ‘enviro wackos’ like WWF et al are incompetent? They are getting coverage of their mis (or better dis-) information in the media, apparently without anyone questioning their hyperbolic claims. I’m sure they would count this a great success. Truth has nothing to do with propaganda, except to make their lies credible to the weak minded. Try looking up the word ‘disinformation’ to get an idea of how sophisticated this type of CAGW propaganda has become.

  6. Bitter&twisted permalink
    January 27, 2017 6:48 pm

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha………
    Most comedians would die for material like this.
    WWF & FoE comic geniuses

  7. AlecM permalink
    January 27, 2017 7:54 pm

    Definite proof that Scotland is ruled by retards voted in by retards.

    Another way of demonstrating this would be to flood Holyrood – about a third of the amphibian MSPs would just swim around, expecting to be fed regularly with Koi Food.

  8. January 27, 2017 10:40 pm

    They’re not doing their economically important tourism industry any favours by plastering wind turbines everywhere either. What’s wrong with these folk?

  9. tom0mason permalink
    January 27, 2017 11:31 pm

    Thank-you Paul Homewood and Philip Bratby for allowing us to see this outrageous report.

    I’m really at a loss to understand how David Watson, as a mere engineer, could feel he has anything to offer over the heads of the FOE, WWF and all the self-acknowledged experts of world famous NGOs, in keeping the magnificence of Scottish Government Ministers informed on energy matters.
    Such blasphemy surely requires to be made an example of. With scan regard of ‘blue-sky’ thinking he has twisted the possible glorious future into a picture of gloom and chaos by offering mere qualified facts and logic. Such technical sophistry, hopefully, will cut no ice with Scotland’s mighty leaders.
    How does he think real progress moves? It takes a brave vision and cleared imagination to see so far beyond just the facts and figures. Like a shimmering Northern mirage, Scotland shows the rest of Britain what solid imaginative thinking can do, what the future can truly offer when the natural blessing of the land are harnessed with renewable energy.

    May this visionary clear sightedness stay North of the boarder — where it belongs.

    • January 28, 2017 6:46 am

      Golgafrincham B Ark awaits the loading of WWF, FoE, RSPB, Greenpeace and Scotland’s mighty leaders. Telephone sanitisers are no longer available, so there will be plenty of room alongside the account executives, hair dressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives and management consultants.

      • tom0mason permalink
        January 28, 2017 7:43 am

        Remind them to take their towels.

  10. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    January 28, 2017 10:47 am

    When you strip away all the people and economic activity from Scotland, you are left with a beautiful landscape and fantastic mountain scenery. This is Scotland’s greatest natural asset. It underpins their culture, history and pride. The destruction of that asset by the politicians and the wind industry will be seen in the future as the greatest act of environmental vandalism every perpetrated on a small scenic nation.

    The concrete plinths, the tracks, the benches, roads, pylons are the ugliest form of urbanisation and desecration one could ever impose on that landscape.

    They will go down in history as the greatest and most irresponsible fools ever. An infinitesimal cost for a tiny and highly polluting gain.

  11. Jack Broughton permalink
    January 28, 2017 7:29 pm

    Sadly for Scotland the SNP, having about 45% unflinching support from the anti-English minority, will continue in power indefinitely. Their only real policy is separation and I have given up visiting Scotland now: used to go to the Ed Fest every year, but no more.

    All of their economic policies are cloud-cuckoo land nonsense sadly.

  12. Andrewa permalink
    January 29, 2017 6:50 pm

    @ Tom0mason,
    I was going to comment about how a lowly chartered engineer had the checek to advise politicians who have superior ppe degrees as their highest qualifications, but you did a much much better job of it than I would have done

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