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Scotland: 5 million trees chopped down for wind turbines (That’s what’s called “saving the planet”)

(Somehow these idiot politicians just don’t get that trees are needed for the eco-system of this planet to be relatively stable and thrive.  For decades we’ve been lectured about losing the Amazon forest.  Well it’s all connected!  The trees in Scotland and Ontario, etc. are just as important to the earth as the Amazon forest is, in one way or another.  Chopping down this many trees to put up useless 400-foot concrete and steel structures is a crime against nature and only makes sense in the minds of the truly eco-delusional.  Yet the diehard wind supporters will make excuse after excuse for doing such incredibly stupid things in the name of ‘saving the planet’. — DQ) 

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Ilona Amos — The Scotsman — January 2, 2014

Forestry Commission statistics reveal that about five million trees – almost one for every person in Scotland – have been cut down to clear space for turbines in the past six years but less than a third of them have been replaced.

Of the 2,510 hectares stripped of woodland to make way for turbines since 2007, just 792 hectares were reforested after construction was completed.

The Scottish Conservatives, who obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request, claimed the figures are evidence that the Scottish Government is “destroying nature” in a bid to meet its own climate targets, which aim for all the country’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020.

MSP Murdo Fraser, energy spokesman for the party, said: “The SNP is so blindly obsessed with renewable energy that it doesn’t mind destroying another important environmental attribute to make way for it.

“It’s quite astonishing to see almost as many trees have been destroyed as there are people in Scotland.”

The government has hit back at the claims, saying the figures do not represent the full picture.

Environment and climate change minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “We have replanted nearly 800 hectares and have restored significant areas of important open habitat where this is best for the environment. The result is that, of the area felled for wind farms, only 315 hectares of land suitable for another rotation of trees has not been replanted.”   Read full article here…..

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3 Comments on “Scotland: 5 million trees chopped down for wind turbines (That’s what’s called “saving the planet”)”

  1. 1957chev January 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Time to chop down all the useless turbines, and plant more trees. If CO2 was really an issue, they would NOT be chopping down trees. It’s a scam people. Do not fall for their money grabbing scheme. It will NOT help our environment one iota, as a matter of fact, it is very harmful.

  2. Dougal Quixote January 2, 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Reblogged this on windfarmaction and commented:
    We have an obfuscation of the truth at every turn. 5 million trees absorb a lot of CO² and it takes eight to ten years for any replanting to develop to any size. To attain the same level of carbon take up from mature stands of timber takes sixty years. Truth is the ScotGov and Forestry Commission Scotland are simply looking at the profit enhanced by the high value of timber at this point in time.

  3. windfarmresearch January 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on Wind Turbine Locations, Maps, Lawsuits, Setbacks.

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