The government would like us to believe that the future is green and renewable. But why has it been so difficult to deliver it? Is the problem dodgy science, over-ambitious targets and spiralling costs or simply a lack of political will?
All this week on PM we're examining these questions. We'll investigate what we can learn from other countries and why the debate on renewables is more rhetoric than reality. PM reporter Michael Buchanan sends these words and pictures:
What's the best thing to do with the Barvas Moor? Not a question that occupies your mind too often I'd imagine, (unless you actually live on the Isle of Lewis) but one idea was the build Europe's biggest wind farm here. Lewis is after all acknowledged to have Europe's best onshore wind resource, and its fair to say its often blowing a hoolie on the moor. But the scheme - which was project to save about a quarter of a million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission per annum - was rejected in April by the Scottish government due to the adverse effects it would have on wildlife. It would have been huge - 181 turbines standing 140 metres tall - and was wildly unpopular locally. But do we have to withstand such issues if we are to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint? Discuss."