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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; 1st Edition edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780271131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780271132
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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'Thought-provoking' --Scottish Field

About the Author

Struan Stevenson has served as a Conservative Euro MEP for Scotland since 1999. He is President of the Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup and Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq. In 2010 he was appointed by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE) as a Personal Representative (Roving Ambassador) of the Chairman in Office (Kazakhstan) responsible for Ecology and Environment with a particular focus on Central Asia. His previous book, 'Stalin's Legacy', was published in August 2012.


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Succinct and very much to the point, this work, focussed almost entirely on the plight of Scotland, is carefully argued and well supported by evidence. Since it was published the enormity of the wind farm folly is now gaining some much overdue public attention. The feudal landlords and their tenant farmers are making a killing from wind farms and while consumers and taxpayer are being bled white. Windmills are not green. Often they fail to deliver any energy when it is most needed and, even more surreal, their operators are paid £millions NOT to produce lest they initiate a domino-like collapse of the network by providing surges of supply that cannot be contained by the present infrastructure. What the proponents of this most uneconomic and unreliable energy supply have failed to realise is that adding evermore windmills also adds to the insecurity of the whole system and to the number of occasions when the grid cannot accept variable supplies. The SNP/Green energy "policy" is ill-founded and will lead to the migration of industry and commerce and ever mmore widespread fuel poverty. The Scottish Government was given ample warnings decades ago but choose to ignore them. Energy supplies are fragile throughout the UK but, thanks to the history outlined in this very readable book, Scotland is the country's most vulnerable region.
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This is a very important book that demands a response from the Scottish Government. Struan Stevenson is no crank. In this book he has presented a strong economic and practical case for why the current policy of promoting wind energy is flawed. He has also presented some alternatives for energy sources and management techniques for the future that should be considered. I'm grateful to Struan Stevenson for highlighting this issue and presenting his evidence so effectively.
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This is a complicated subject and this book really helps to dispel the myth of green energy in a way that is easy to understand. It uncovers the truth behind the whole windfarm scam and shares the horrors and emotions of those having to live close wind turbines. Struan Stevenson should be congratulated on the way he exposes those who plunder our environment,who take our health, our land, our peace of mind and our taxes under the guise of being socially green.
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By Geoff TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2013
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This book is excellent in exposing the delusion, deception and deceit of wind energy. It shows just how useless and worthless it really is and how we are being duped out of £billion to fill the pocket of rich landowners and electricity companies for a miserly amount of electricity, with no reduction in CO2 emissions, or any benefit to the climate.

It is particularly good in extending our understanding about the damaging effects of offshore windfarms to the marine environment, which has seldom been considered elsewhere.

Where it starts to go off the rails is in considering alternative energy sources. Much of the discussion on this is informative and helpful, if somewhat shallow in places. Where he really goes wrong is in his enthusiasm for hydrogen energy. He fails to realise that hydrogen is not really a fuel, but is just a means of conveying energy produced by some other means. Much is said in the book about improving efficiency in the use of energy, and then he goes on about using electrical hydrolysis to produce the necessary hydrogen, even using wind energy for this, without any realist understanding of just how inefficient this process is likely to be. In this he does not seem to appreciate that hydrogen energy could, if pursued to its logical conclusion, become just as disastrous as wind energy. Certainly producing hydrogen fuel from electricity is not the way forward, and what we need is an effective means of producing liquid fuels.

I was intrigued about using algae to produce bio fuel, providing this is done in locations where there is the necessary open space and climate and it does not compete with food production and ecology, as happens with most other bio-fuel crops.
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I did enjoy reading this book by a well placed individual. At the outset I will state that I am not against wind power, but I am against the blinkered obession (particulary in Scotland), with getting our energy requirements entirely from renewables. Since the main thrust is onshore wind, we have seen the very beautiful landscape of Scotland marred by an unacceptable proliferation of turbines. Add to that the fact that tax payer £millions are being spent to achieve unrealistic political target, which also mean that all energy bill payers are also being hit in the pocket to underwrite the cost of interconnection of these wind farms to the National Grid - a cost which exceeds the value of the energy they produce. In many countries this reality has dawned, but sadly the UK is lagging behind global trends of diversification. There is also a great deal of conjecture around the number of jobs created. The numbers are routinely exaggerated, and in any event, the posts are often filled from down-sizing elsewhere in the energy industry. Read it and make your own mind up as to what is a right mix for the environment.
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