Alex Salmond has said that onshore windfarms do not spoil the countryside and actually make Scotland more attractive. He told delegates at a renewable energy conference in Edinburgh that he did not think there was any serious evidence that windfarms were incompatible with the landscape.
The Scottish Government has said that tourists are largely indifferent to sensitively sited turbines.
The Scottish Government has also set a target of generating 100% of electricity from renewables by 2020.
This shows how much its politicians know about tourism and energy generation.
It also shows the degree to which it is in touch with the needs of ordinary people.
Her remarks were seconded by Douglas Ross, Moray Council planning convener. He said that Alex Salmond's comments would reinforce people’s fears that the SNP would erect turbines in inappropriate areas to meet green energy targets.
He made the point that reasons for refusal include visual intrusion on the landscape. The first minister's comment that they have no impact is therefore untrue.
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