Mountaineering Council Study: Wind Projects Deterring Visits to Mountains

Walkers are 'turning away from wind farm Scotland'

A new survey by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland finds two-thirds of people think turbines are making Scotland a less appealing place to visit.

3/18/14

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Walkers and climbers are being deterred from visiting Scotland as the rapid spread of wind farms leads to the “industrialisation” of the countryside, according to a survey published today.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCS) published a survey of nearly 1,000 people, which found two-thirds said turbines are making Scotland a less appealing place to visit.

Around the same proportion said they had already been put off visiting or revisiting parts of Scotland thanks to the presence of wind farms.

Sixty-eight per cent said they thought wind farm have made places in Scotland less appealing for walking and climbing, while a quarter disagreed.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73 per cent) said they would choose accommodation without a wind farm view compared to five per cent who said they wanted to see a turbine and 22 per cent who were “not bothered either way”.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10704654/Walkers-are-turning-away-f...

A related article can be read at: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/fears-for-tourism-as-c...

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Comment by Long Islander on March 18, 2014 at 2:26pm

Kathy - the quote is from Sep 2010 at the following link:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/7996606/An...

Comment by Kathy Sherman on March 18, 2014 at 12:54pm
Is that a new quote or old? After a survey to 1.25 mi found moderate to severe disruption of lives by modern turbines, but pre-low frequency noise regs, or from the decade that kept land based wind on hiatus? After push to 're-power' it sounds like turbine owners in Denmark don't have the sense of responsibility to neighbors that they once did. It was the corporates, remote investors and utilities like Dong that turned Denmark against land-based wind. An owner can't get up there and sound insulate blades from nacelle or nacelle from tower, sand his blades, clean his blades for today's turbines. He doesn't get to shut it off when it is loud, choose where it is located or buy 'quieter'. The incentives are too good to care. Good neighbor payments and calling it 'community' will not work - Island Inst., Mass Wind Working Group.
Comment by Long Islander on March 18, 2014 at 9:26am

Perhaps the Maine environmental groups, who look up to the Europeans ought to get up to speed on their favorite role model, Denmark.

Last month, unnoticed in the UK, Denmark's giant state-owned power company, Dong Energy, announced that it would abandon future onshore wind farms in the country. "Every time we were building onshore, the public reacts in a negative way and we had a lot of criticism from neighbours," said a spokesman for the company. "Now we are putting all our efforts into offshore windfarms."

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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