Scottish ministers could be "deluding" the public
with the argument that wind turbines reduce carbon emissions,
according to a Scottish conservation charity - which dismisses
figures from National Grid and the Department for Energy and
Climate Change showing they do.
In the Scottish edition of the Sunday Times (not
online), John Milne of the Scottish Wild Land
Group (SWLG) says:
"...we fear the potential
consequences of allowing those in power to delude the public, and
possibly themselves, that the widespread pursuit of wind farming in
Scotland will make any meaningful contribution towards combating
climate change, the greatest challenge facing humanity."
The group opposes the expansion of windfarms in
Scotland because, it says, Scottish wild land is "uniquely
important to Scotland's identity".
SWLG says it doesn't know if windfarms reduce carbon
dioxide emissions, but it's not convinced. It's calling for an
independent energy commission to look into the question.
It might be easy to dismiss SWLG's argument on the
basis that international bodies like the
International Energy Agency accept
the idea that wind power reduces emissions. But the critique raises
some interesting questions about how emissions reductions are
calculated, and lets us look at the issue in a bit more