Timothy Pitt, in his Platform polemic (“Scottish renewables crying out for wind of change”, 9 February), indicates that we should dispense with most of the planning system to reach his obvious Scottish nirvana: a landscape covered in turbines.
The notion that many might object strongly to his proposal seems to have escaped him; objectors are quite simply collateral damage. And all just to achieve some arbitrary target or turbine number plucked out of thin air, something that is becoming familiar from this the present government. Renewables have become a religion. The costs and benefits approach requiring detailed scrutiny of different options has been discarded, it would seem, in favour of fiat.
Mr Pitt should not hold up Germany as any kind of sensible example. Discarding nuclear and favouring turbines has doubled electricity prices there, the result of Green fundamentalism that has become the curse of the age. German industry, consequently, is looking elsewhere to locate.
At one time, Green organisations concerned themselves with the important policies of conservation and I thought would protect the environment against its destruction from concrete and steel, but they are too busy conniving in its destruction.
Our priceless Scottish ecological heritage is being sacrificed by those like Mr Pitt who fail to understand that human needs are the same as those of the earth.
Prof Anthony Trewavas
Scientific Alliance Scotland