Letters / Objectors vindicated

Many will have thought that Dr Erwood’s intimation that her cat had slain 27.5 windmills’ worth of whimbrel mocked the grave, august legal deliberations over the Viking Energy dispute.

Indeed, I laughed heartily when I read it, immediately visualising John Cleese and Eric Idle as the barristers and Graham Chapman as the judge.

Allen Fraser’s amusing play on words was about the “least-worst” recovery that could be made from this.

“The game is up for Sustainable Shetland”, I reasoned, “never has their position looked so bleak.”

It is often said, nonetheless, that the darkest hour is just before the dawn and now we have Andrew Gilligan, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, about a Scottish Government-funded study into the effect of wind farms on peat lands.

It says the damage to carbon stores far outweighs any so-called “carbon savings”, which has effectively blown the case for wind farms in such locations out of the water.  


Many may wonder why the cavalry saving Sustainable Shetland have arrived from such an unexpected source.

Could it be that Alex Salmond can see the writing on the wall for renewable energy and is looking for an escape hatch with a tunnel towards shale gas and coal bed methane reserves in the Scottish Midlands?

Either way, Sustainable Shetland’s argument about peat land “carbon stores” appears to have been vindicated.

John Tulloch

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