I have remained silent for some time on the issue of Viking Energy’s proposed giant windfarm for Shetland, which is now on the back boiler as far as the Shetland community is concerned, as the future of this project is now in the hands of the [next] energy minister.
I note from your Readers’ Views page that a Facebook poll is now being used as an indication, and thus interpreted by some as definitive confirmation that “we” are for the Viking project.
Given socio and demographic users of Facebook, it is true to say that that a great percentage of young people are on Facebook compared to other age groups, while in the main older people are neither interested in nor know how to access it, and therefore will not be contributing to the poll. Therefore, of course, this poll should not be used as in any way representing the views of “the Shetland people” as a whole.
It does not take a genius to work out that this is just one more desperate attempt by Viking Energy supporters to justify their claims that a majority are for it, when actually common sense tells us that generally more young people could be for rather than against the giant windfarm. But we already knew that.
The letter from Peter Jamieson was puzzling in that he questions the motives of a member of Sustainable Shetland, yet says nothing about the conflicts of interest of a local councillor who has been, and still is, paid by Viking Energy (via the charitable trust) to actively promote it. Where is the integrity or morality in that? You can be sure that the Shetland public will be at the bottom of the pile when it comes to benefitting financially from this project.
And I ask: what legacy would we leave our descendents – the detritus and concrete footprint from a giant windfarm across our hills? These islands do not belong to us, we belong to them – we are merely the custodians for the future generations.
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