Misleading figures from our politicians

SIR, - Your headline article about the withdrawal of Fred Olsen Renewables from the proposed Forth Array offshore wind farm must bring some relief to the Eyemouth and Dunbar fishermen but their wish to concentrate on onshore wind farms in the future is disappointing.

Your article stated that only 2.5% of generating capacity of Crystal Rig and other Lammermuir wind farms was produced in the freezing conditions.

Last week The Scotsman published a graph showing that only 2.6% of all our energy needs in the UK was produced by wind farms. In the same issue, our SNP Energy Minister claimed that renewable energy accounted for 27.4% of our energy needs in Scotland.

A recently-published article about a single wind turbine for a farm showed that the manufacturers claimed a potential annual profit of £14,220 (including £10,680 of taxpayer-funded Feed in Tariff) whereas the actual realistic figure showed an annual loss of £199 per annum!

The difference must presumably have been because the manufacturers based their figure on installed capacity whereas the past year’s figures have shown UK windfarm generation to be only 19% of installed capacity.

At recent exhibitions for the proposed Corsbie Moor and Brunta Hill wind farms in the Gordon and Westruther areas, their senior staff told me that in Germany they had more or less decided to follow Denmark in putting a stop to onshore wind farms to concentrate on offshore ones. Interesting that Fred Olsen from neighbouring Norway should have decided that there is little potential for these!

Given these sort of misleading figures presented by our politicians, is it any wonder that more and more of the public are becoming sceptical about “global warming” (or “climate change”, which seems to be the new title for weather problems).

Historically, there have been many periods in the past millenium when the world has got significanly warmer and others when it has got equally colder

I am of an age that can remember very severe winters at the beginning of World War 2 with temperatures dropping to -25 deg C in the Borders and really bad winters such as 1947 and 1963; but also 1976, so warm that drought threatened the country’s water supplies.

But think of this: why did we not have severe CO2 problems in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries when virtually every house had a coal range for cooking and at least one other fire burning, every town and many villages had their own gas works, all factories had huge chimneys, all railways and shipping were coal-fired, all belching out vast quantities of CO2 - and causing “smog” that was so bad it killed many of the prize livestock at the Smithfield Fatstock Show in 1952?

IAN SCOTT-WATSON,

Harelaw Moor, Greenlaw.