Reading Stuart Young's letter (August 3), I despair.

Dumfries and Galloway Council's decision not to allow a wind farm at Glenluce has been disallowed on appeal, the Reporter ruling that the Scottish Government's targets to generate by renewable means took precedence over all other material considerations. I do not know the criteria the Scottish Government uses to decide on the number and siting of wind farms but the views of the people who have to live with the consequences count for nothing.

Offshore wind is one of the most extensive ways of reducing carbon emissions and one of the least cost-effective ways of generating electricity. Electricity cannot be stored, so as well as building wind farms there must also be conventional power stations. There is also the cost of building extra powerlines to collect electricity from scattered wind farms.

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While we are the only country committed by law to reach a goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, China, Brazil, the US and India seem free to go ahead untrammelled. No wonder energy firms and some landowners are falling over themselves for a share of the profits from wind farms. Electricity users foot the bill.

T G Fielding,

6 Manor Way, Glasgow.