Reply To: Something to do with Iain’s mention of a possible wind farm on Skye, sort of…

  • richard ruschman

    December 27, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    I will jump in here. I have practiced commercial real estate law and environmental law here in the US for some 40 years, have represented many developers, but no developers of toxic wind farms. Back in the late 1920s and the 1930s (during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt presidency), the federal government and many state and city governments and many newspapers were sympathetic (or at least not hostile) to the organization of electricity service companies organized and owned and operated by cities or by “rural electrical cooperatives,” which did not have to constantly validate their existence by earning quarterly profits in amounts satisfactory to bondholders and shareholders—the electrification of rural areas (farmer communities ) was very effectively and efficiently accomplished in the US by the rural electrical cooperatives between 1920 and 1960, many of which still exist. After the 1930s, large publicly traded electrical utility companies gradually subverted and destroyed the majority of the city-owned electrical utilities and a substantial part of the rural electrical coops through bribery of city officials, intentional sabotage from within, and intentional degradation of the quality of electricity services provided by the non-private companies, and never-ending imposition of extremely burdensome rules and regulations and taxes on the non-private providers by bribed or blackmailed unelected federal and state government bureaucrats, and propaganda spread by bribed or blackmailed newspaper/television publishers and reporters. This process continues. The process can be reversed only by an awake and informed and upset electorate—we do not have that today in the US or the UK or the EU (well, Hungary and Serbia are the exceptions to the rule), but we may have that 2 years from now or 5 years from now, as things are falling apart quite rapidly, and development of “micro grid” technology which enables small scale, but economically viable, electricity service providers to pop up and operate is happening right now. The smaller the non-private electricity service provider is, the smaller its number of disfunctional employees (corrupt and incompetent bureaucrats and sociopaths) will be ( as human organizations of all sorts begin to “rot from the head” once they have more than about 100 members), and the more responsive that provider will be to the wishes of the community as to environmental concerns. Let us all say our prayers, with great earnestness and conviction.