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Dave Morris, director of Ramblers Scotland, is against anything that happens in the Highlands. He is also objecting to the proposed Coire Glas hydro-electric pumped storage scheme, which is not in or near a national park, is not visible from any great distance and wil only be seen by a handful of walkers and munroists. I agree that building a huge windfarm just outside the borders of a National park is not ideal, but too many environmental and green groups - whose members mostly do not live in the areas they are seeking to 'protect' - seem to be setting their face against renewable energy because it is threatening to spoil what they see as their private playground. At the moment bodies that are in no way representative of the local population (such as JMT or Ramblers Scotland) find it easy to stir resentment and gain local support for their campaigns. There would be far fewer genuine objections from people directly affected by windfarms being built in the areas they live and work in if more direct involvement and financial benefit to the community was evident.
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Feb 28, 2012