How to fight the Big Wind Onslaught

The following article first appeared on www.windturbinesyndrome.com in January, 2009.  Calvin Luther Martin is a former university academic who is married to Dr Nina Pierpont. He has a PhD in history, is a prolific author and a leading light worldwide in the anti-wind powerplant movement.

Dr Pierpont’s peer-reviewed book, Wind Turbine Syndrome, is now referred to globally as a benchmark study into the health impacts of living close to wind turbines.

Calvin Luther Martin

Calvin 2bYesterday I turned 61. I’ve been fighting the wind bastards well over 4 years. Four years devoted to almost nothing else. Put a big book on hold with Yale Univ. Press for this. In those years I’ve answered thousands of emails from people around the world. Japan. Cyprus. Norway. Sweden. Czechoslovakia. Australia. New Zealand. Ireland. England. Wales. France. Canada. Many states of the Union. On and on.

In those years, which included years of fighting the wind thugs in three or four different iterations in my backyard and beating the sons of bitches (at least for now), I’ve learned some valuable lessons. I oughta write a book. Consider this the first installment of that book.

I am no longer an academic. I’m a writer. Writers write to convey something in the most appropriate language for the matter at hand. For wind energy the most appropriate language is profanity, vulgarity, and obscenity. The louder the better. These are not honorable people. Wind energy is not an honorable enterprise.

Big Wind is obscene, profane, and vulgar.

Okay, rough draft of book:

Chapter 1. Courtesy doesn’t work.

Chapter 2. Questions don’t work. Stop going to meetings and asking questions. Problem is, you’re asking questions of the wind sharks. This is akin to the hens asking questions of the foxes who are about to pounce on the henhouse. Wake up!

Second, stop expressing your concerns at meetings. Weenie word. Your biggest rhetorical enemy in this fight is this word, concerns. Drop it! The media (see below) loves to describe you as concerned. (“The hens expressed some concerns to the foxes.”) Screw concerned and start getting angry and defiant. And stop asking the windies questions and start informing them of the fact they and their goddam monster turbines and substations are not welcome in town. This is the your conversation with them: Get the hell out of Dodge!

Chapter 3. Real evidence doesn’t work. The wind sharks fabricate their own, using whorish little companies to perform noise measurements and do environmental impact studies, including bird and bat studies. Companies often consisting of four guys with sweaty balls and BS degrees from nondescript bullshit state colleges, from which they graduated three years ago. But they’ve got a website and stationery and PO Box — and they’re rarin’ to get those permits for Big Wind. Give me a break!

Chapter 4. Meetings with state senators, governors, premiers, department heads, county commissioners, the media, other various and assorted lawmakers — don’t work.

Chapter 5. Following the rules at public meetings does not work. The meetings are (a) a charade, (b) a farce, (c) a hoax, and (d) altogether a mockery of public participation. The fix has already been made, the deal bought and paid for. Refuse to be silenced by Robert’s Rules of Order. Screw Roberts! Major Henry Martyn Robert never had to abandon his home to a wind turbine!

Chapter 6. Lawsuits don’t work. They might appear to initially, but ultimately, at some level of court, they fail. With very few exceptions, lawyers and lawsuits are a waste of time, money, and mostly strategic advantage. You’re barking up the wrong tree with a lawyer. Your town board and county commissioners are poised and prepared for you to take them on legally; they’ve got attorneys on retainer and they can swallow you whole in the byzantine legal process.

Don’t bother going down that road. Dr. Martin Luther King (see below) didn’t use lawyers. Neither did Gandhi, who was a trained lawyer. Wrong strategy. If you think the Big Wind Onslaught is not on the scale of a Gandhi and King, but just a minor issue — think again. I suggest you do some reading on the English Enclosure Movement. Look for parallels. The Big Wind Onslaught is a big deal. Stop imagining otherwise. This from a (retired) professional historian (see attached c.v.).

Chapter 7. Wind energy is bullshit. Nitwits who begin their case by telling the local newspaper, “Well, Gee, we fully support renewable energy, including wind energy, and we feel wind turbines are marvelous so long as they’re placed in the right spot” — nitwits who start off their campaign with this are doomed. Wind energy, folks, is horseshit. From beginning to end. Fairy Godmother economics. Right up there with the Easter Bunny. This is 4.5 years of reading thousands of documents, yes, much of it on the physics and economics of wind energy. (By the way, my BA is in science and I did several years of graduate training in hard core science. Science doesn’t scare me.) Wind energy, when subjected to Physics 101, falls apart. It’s laughable. Buy a textbook in introductory physics. Start reading.

Chapter 8. Wind energy works because of (a) carbon credits (an unspeakable scam), (b) federal and state subsidies of various sorts, (c) a slow bleed from your monthly energy bill (check it out), (d) PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) arrangements with communities, and (e) huge tax write-offs for wind investors, including big Wall Street banks. It does not work because it is economically feasible — it’s not — or because it produces meaningful electricity — it does not. And if I hear that it “gets us off foreign oil” I’m gonna scream. For that statement, you need not a beginning physics text, you need your head examined.

Chapter 9. Wind energy companies are bullshit. I guarantee you, you know virtually nothing about that wind company that’s been schmoozing your town board. You know nothing about their financial records, background, credit, or trustworthiness. Nothing. In fact, you know nothing about 98% of their personnel, including what they like to call the Principals. (You will love the pretentious names they bestow on themselves.) These people just drop out of the sky — like snake oil salesmen in the Old West. No different. They’re carnies, carpet baggers, grifters, and cons. All of ‘em. Including more than a few Enron re-treads. Amazing, in fact, how many are from Ireland. (I’m Irish.) To treat these people with respect is hilarious. Like treating the Three Stooges-who-turn-out-to-be-your executioner with respect. One more thing: most of these companies are 200% leveraged (no money of their own).

Chapter 10. Most of the jerks who sign wind leases either (a) don’t live there, or (b) if they do, their property’s big enough they make sure those turbines are next to your house, not theirs, or (c) they’re so stupid and such losers and so desperate for money they’d sell their first-born for several grand a year. Successful, smart farmers don’t sign wind leases. Except for a slight modification. It’s called the Domino Principle. It’s insidious. Consider Farmer Brown. He’s smart, he’s successful. But he’s surrounded by Farmers Jones, Smith, and Martin — all of whom are losers and pikers. Jones, Smith, and Martin have signed on with the windies. Brown realizes he’s gonna be looking at these damn things and listening to them whether he “hosts” them or not. So he turns to Hortense, the wife, “Jeez honey, we might as well have a couple and make some money, too, since we’re gonna have to be dealing with these friggin things anyhow.” Nasty, yes. Remember, it’s called the Domino Principle. Windies play this game every day. It’s their favorite strategy for winning the hearts and minds of the community.

Chapter 11. We need to take a look at Economics 101. This is a long one. I apologize. America (insert any nation here, as you wish) is in a profound recession. Profound in the sense it has exposed a systemic, structural flaw within the nation’s economy. A strong argument can be made that America’s economy has for decades (probably since WWII) run on “bubbles.” Perhaps it would be more accurate to say the “bubble” ratio in the overall economy has grown since WWII.

The most recent bubble, the housing bubble, accounted for a surprisingly large part of the nation’s economy. To wit, people used their homes as piggy banks, and Wall Street rode this bubble (mixing metaphors, but we’ll let it pass).

My point is for you to notice that at the bottom of a bubble is something which appears to have real value. Your house. Or that house you’re thinking of buying over there and which you know will increase dramatically in value, real quick. (Remember, the USA no longer has a gold standard, so gold ain’t it.) There was a whole financial sand castle built on the back of your house. But, alas, the sea inexorably came in and washed away the sand castle (Wall Street, mortgage lenders like Countrywide Financial), and your house has gone back to being worth far less than you dreamed it was. (Or your house is on its way to readjusting to its more realistic value. May not have reached that level yet.)

Now listen. We need another thing that gives the appearance of value. That seems tangible, solid, ubiquitous, and can somehow enter the nation’s financial account, funny numbers, Enron-esque imagination, and bizarre Wall Street lingo. And, on the back of this New Basis of Bubble we will build the Next Big Bubble.

I’m here to strongly suggest that your property value has become, and is becoming, the basis of the Next Big Bubble.

Consider Barbara Ashbee, in rural Ontario. You can read about her plight on the windturbinesyndrome.com website. Barbara’s a realtor, which makes this story even more poignant. Barbara and husband Dennis are just like you and me: our major investment is in our home and property. Notice this: she just had her property value stolen from her. Bam, just like that. Her property, to her, is now nearly worthless. Same with Daniel d’Entremont (Nova Scotia), Gerry Meyer (Wisconsin), Jane and Julian Davis (England), Charlie Porter (Missouri), Cheryl LeClair (New York State), and so on. Hundreds of people? Nope, thousands. Or more.

Now, think: Who just gained from Barbara Ashbee’s loss? The wind developer. Worthless wind power and worthless turbines have now acquired something worthwhile and real, something tangible, something that gives the appearance of value — the value of your property (even though you are not “hosting” turbines) and, even more so, the value of “host” properties.

More than this, wind companies now control the value of whole communities. Churubusco, NY (next door to me), Chateaugay, NY (next door to me), Bellmont, NY (next door to me), Ellenburg, NY (next door to me), Altona, NY (next door to me). All these communities have become (or are becoming) industrial wastelands — in my eyes and yours. But not so for wind developers and their stockholders and the banks that own them: this is now financially controlled and financially-manipulable land. Read those lease contracts.

Even without a contract your property value plunges when turbines go up in your community. Land use has now changed from “lovely rural bucolic I want to live here and raise my kids it’s so quiet and nights are dark and magical we’ve farmed this land for eight generations and I want to pass it on to my kids” to “I can’t stand living here I hate these turbines the noise drives me nuts and the spinning blades are horrible and the whole landscape looks surreal and nobody in his right mind would move here and my kids won’t live here when they grow up and dear God I pray the developer buys me out.”

In Enron and Wall Street economics, the value of your community — a value that has now shifted to Enron-spawned wind companies and Wall Street banker control — is something that can be traded, bought and sold, reassigned, financially speculated in, financially gambled with, sold as hedge funds, investments, preferred stock.

I’ll stop with this, since it gives you the gist of what I believe is happening. I admit I don’t have the details worked out fully, and one can certainly make corrections and additions and refinements to my argument, but I suspect you, dear reader, are creating the basis for the next bubble. The Renewable Energy Bubble (read, Wind Bubble), built on the stolen value of your land and your town’s value.

Anyhow, ponder this and consider that this forms yet another reason to stop being polite and cordial and reasonable with the wind/Wall Street sharks. Wall Street: You don’t believe me that big banks are heavily invested in that cutely-named wind company that’s moved into town? Better look harder, buddy.

Chapter 12. Given the last chapter, why on earth do you think any lawmaker or other government official or agency is going to listen to your pleas about not building wind turbines in your backyard? Are you nuts? Wind energy is the perfect storm, as I keep saying: it’s our solution to Global Warming, The Energy Crisis, Jobs, The Economy, The Recession, Environmentalism, Foreign Oil, General Electric’s Bottom Line, and Fill-in-the-Blank. (Note to Barbara Ashbee: Wind energy is the answer to Ontario Premier McGuinty’s most fervent wish and fantasy. Even Obama, clearly an intelligent man, has embraced Big Wind with the devotion of a Born Againer.)

One of the problems with nukes, by the way, is that they don’t provide a basis for a New Bubble: nuclear plants don’t rob millions of people of the value of their land, which land the wind developers in a weird sense now control (for trading and investment purposes).

I have been paying attention to the feverish activity of little wind companies going around and snapping up “wind leases” even as the bum economy prevents them from building “wind farms,” as yet, on those properties. One company in particular, whom I won’t name, has been working New England and the Midwest (now Minnesota) even as this company, to our eyes, appears to be bankrupt. Hmmm. Interesting.

(Here’s a tip to anyone unscrupulous reading this: Wanna get in on the ground floor of The Next Bubble? Form a bullshit wind energy company and start buying up wind leases which, I believe, also control underground rights. There you get into natural gas and fracking. Fracking? Look it up and be prepared to be horrified. Fracking is now about to move to the Marcellus Shale, NY State and indeed much of the Appalachian region, from the West and Southwest.)

Okay. What works, and the only thing that’s going to work, is . . .

Chapter 13. Civil disobedience. Use it imaginatively, floridly, boisterously, loudly, and as obnoxiously, extravagantly, creatively, and brilliantly as you possibly can. Start this weekend.

Here is exactly what I mean by civil disobedience. Signs, placards, banners, handbills, marches, demonstrations, picketing, shutting down public meetings both large and small and both high falutin’ and low falutin’, shouting matches, getting arrested for refusing to shut up and sit down. As Rosa Parks did, when she sparked the Civil Rights movement: you need to refuse to give up your seat to the wind bastard on the bus. Do this with the wind sharks and your town officers, all the way up to state and federal government.

Here is exactly what I don’t mean by civil disobedience: Breaking the law. Nor am I advocating violence. I detest violence. For me, violence is not only illegal; it’s abhorrent, it’s inelegant, and nothing can be stupider. It accomplishes nothing good. Ever. I say this as a former professor of history. I stand with Gandhi and M.L. King on this matter. My sympathies lie with Quakers, not jihadists.

I believe in working within the system, and the system includes the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

This is all you need. Add in the right to vote, by the way. Working within these parameters, apply what Martin Luther King in his letter from the Birmingham jail called direct action.

“The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation …. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action …. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored …. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.”

None of the public agencies and bureaucracies will take seriously any of your marvelous evidence about the follies and dangers of wind energy (including Nina Pierpont’s, or Rick James’s, or Glenn Schleede’s, or God’s for that matter) until — à la Martin Luther King — you demonstrate to them that they are going to have to take your evidence seriously.

The operative word is demonstrate. This is not done by reason or argument or a sense of fairness or justice. Sorry to disillusion you, and sorry to shoot down one of the cornerstones of academia: that “the truth will set you free” and “reason prevails over ignorance.” Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King all knew the vital word in their struggle was demonstrate.

Dr. King had plenty of sociological and economic and constitutional and statutory and even theological evidence in his briefcase — but it was going nowhere until he showed Alabama and the nation and the US Attorney General and Congress: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are all going to take my evidence of racism and Jim Crow and lynching and economic and political harassment and general disfranchisement very seriously, okay? And to drive home my point that you whities are gonna take the evidence seriously, we colored folks are gonna get in your face about it until you take us seriously.”

It’s precisely for this that he wound up in the Birmingham jail.

Let me rephrase. You can have all the Nina Pierponts and Rick James and Glenn Schleedes you want, yet they amount to nothing if you have failed to convince your audience (lawmakers) that they are going to have to take this seriously. This is the role of civil disobedience. Reason, meetings, arguments, fairness, justice: reliance on these will not and does not work. Civil disobedience. King’s “direct action.” Nonviolent tension that’s “so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door” to being listened to. This is the route to follow.

The wind developers and their shills? You will never convince them. They are not your audience. Don’t make the blunder of imagining them to be your audience, and don’t argue with them. Cut them out of the discourse! Don’t rise to them! The people whom you need to impress with your nonviolent tension are not the developers; it’s the lawmakers.

By the way, stop reading wind developer websites. These carpetbaggers are not your audience: I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s like reading the handbills distributed by snake oil salesmen at 19th-century carnivals. Why bother? For entertainment, yes. But for truth, use your brain. As in, “If it smells like a turd and looks like a turd and tastes like a turd, chances are it is.” Likewise, “if it sounds almost too good to be true: it is.”

The media? Simpering assholes who have all gone with the wind. (Don’t you love it when they interview the smilin’ smirkin’ salesman sayin’ “Them turbines, folks — why them turbines is gonna electrify 35,000 American homes” — except nobody mentions it’s only if the wind’s blowing 25-35 mph 24/7, 365 days a year. That’s my all-time favorite line, right after “Don’t you worry ’bout them turbines and noise. No louder than a hummin’ ‘frigerator, and God’s my witness!” Newspaper reporters always fall for this crap. Always. Everywhere.)

Anyhow, media. This is where you need to place large, costly, frequent ads in the local newspaper. And start your own website.

You’ve got your facts, your figures, your data. What you don’t have is civil disobedience. Till you do, your facts, including your Wind Turbine Syndrome facts, are valueless. Remember M.L. King. He knew his facts (Jesus, he even had the law on this side!) were worthless until he began marching and picketing and getting in their face.

Whether you call it civil disobedience or direct action, I suggest that before you begin, check with your local police department and find out the local regulations on peaceful demonstration. (Matters like not blocking public access, not blocking automobile traffic, etc.) If you need a permit, get one. Police and the courts are not your enemy. Police, the law, and the courts are not the issue; the issue is demonstrating to lawmakers that your evidence and your plight must be taken seriously.

Second, when elections come round in November, it is essential you run anti-Wind candidates for town board, county legislature, state senator, etc. But mostly town board. Work within the electoral process: it works! To elect these people means you’re going to have to do a lot of leg work and advertising. Lots of door to door. Pamphlets. Leaflets. Public meetings to meet the candidates. It works.

Many people seem to think the Big Wind Onslaught doesn’t call for such measures. People are being driven from their homes, and made ill besides — and they don’t seem to think these measures are appropriate. They write letters to bureaucrats. They speak politely at town meetings where the Wind Mafia are “presenting.” These thugs need to be shouted down. These meetings need to be legally obstructed to the point where they can’t function.

Best of all — ready for this? — get arrested. Before TV cameras: arrested. Hundreds of you. Old ladies, ministers, college professors and deans, doctors. Arrested. Little kids too. Then, watch to see how the county commissioners and the conniving lawyers — watch how they come around. It’s miraculous how they change.

Big Wind is being given a free pass to destroy communities and lives and homes and health. Pretend these assholes are Martians, with little antennae and a Mother Ship parked somewhere, and they’re taking over your community. (When you survey an operating windplant, the analogy is not far fetched.) What would you do then? Still discuss the matter politely with your county commissioners and health commissioner and department of environmental conservation and town board? Still “follow the usual channels”?

Hell no! You’d take to the barricades and the streets and shout to these commissioners, “Hey, wake up! We’ve been invaded!”

My apologies for being cranky. I’ve been playing games with wind bullshit for too many years. I’ve seen too many sheep led to the slaughter. Sheep now have to take up the instruments of civil disobedience. Otherwise sheep is toast. (Mixing metaphors again.)

One last time: What doesn’t work in this mass movement (which I’ve outlined above in caricature) is polite discourse. Nor do letters to politicians berating them for not doing “their job.” Their job! Their job? Their job, dear reader, is to promote big business and big ideas and panaceas. That’s their job. To think otherwise is naïve.

Politicians hate (make that HATE) public demonstrations. Nothing worse. They hate marches and banners and slogans and placards and picketing. The television crew arrives with cameras rolling, the klieg lights suddenly switch on, and the town board, minister of the environment, county commissioner, state senator — writhe.

Consider Barbara Ashbee’s home. It’s worthless. Toxic. She’s a realtor; she knows better than I that she could not give away her home. Nor can she bear to live in it. She’s now in the horrible world of the d’Entremonts: Abandonment.

Abandon your home: that’s really the only option for many people, isn’t it? Or get bought out by the so-called developer. (Isn’t there a more appropriate name for people who do this to you?)

Big Wind picks you off, one township at a time. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

So, what have you got left? You’ve got your pen, you’ve got your voice, your wits, and your anger. Use them effectively.

Calvin Luther Martin

Ph.D. (History) 1974 University of California, Santa Barbara

Author, Keepers of the Game: Indian-Animal Relationships and the Fur Trade (California 1978). Winner of the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award 1979 for the “best book of the year in American History.” Subject of Shepard Krech, ed., Indians, Animals, and the Fur Trade: A Critique of Keepers of the Game (Georgia 1981).

Editor, The American Indian and the Problem of History (Oxford 1987)

Author, In the Spirit of the Earth: Rethinking History and Time (Johns Hopkins 1992)

Author, The Way of the Human Being (Yale 1999). Winner of the Westchester County Library System’s Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award 2000. See Calvin Luther Martin, Insanin Yolu, Turkish trans. by Ayse Sirin Okyayuz Yener (Phoenix 2002).

Author, The Great Forgetting (K-Selected Books 2010)

Author, Eve’s Breast: The Origin of Consciousness, Language, and the Erotic (K-Selected Books, 2011)

Author, The Language of Wildness (Yale, probably. Slowly forthcoming)

Hartwick College, assistant professor 1974

Rutgers University, assistant professor 1975, associate professor (with tenure) 1978

Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), visiting professor 1978

Dartmouth College, visiting professor summer 1983

Alaska (Native) Moravian Seminary (Bethel, Alaska), visiting professor 1995-1996

Hartwick College, Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Humanities, 2000-2003

Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian 9/73-6/74

Henry E. Huntington Library, summer 1976

Henry E. Huntington Library, June 1980

National Endowment for the Humanities, July and August 1980

National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship 7/81-6/82

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship 7/82-6/83

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship 7/86-6/87

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Comments

  1. Jacinta says:

    It was wonderful to read this article by Dr. Martin. He helped our group tremendously in our fight against big wind in Ellis County, Kansas. We followed his advice with civil disobedience and getting a man elected to the county commission who helped provide enough confusion that the wind company backed away. Unfortunately we were involved in a lawsuit in the end. But the good news is that what was started in 2005 as a sure thing: that Ellis County would host 100 industrial size turbines, some as close as 1000 ft. of our home, has not come to pass. Thank you, Drs. Martin and Pierpont, from the bottom of my heart

  2. Harry Makris says:

    Calvin, your Nation’s wounds are deep….

    As I have said before…Gandhi encouraged civil disobedience….but when this idea turned into violent protest, he objected to this interpretation. and engaged in a self-imposed hunger strike….”I will not eat until the violence stops…..”

    When I was a young man I encouraged a group to express their frustration in similar fashion to your words…..What ensued was the release of this wild animal of rabid fury…mad….vicious…devoid of the dignity of which you speak…… and that was not my intention….and I know it is not yours……

    I made a Vow that day never to do it again……

    We have other arrows in our quiver which fly faster… longer and straight into the Hearts of men…
    All the best….

    Sir Laurence Olivier on the subject…….

  3. Andreas Marciniak says:

    Thank you to Calvin, I was one of the people that wrote to Calvin about 2.5 years ago,and told him what was happening in Waterloo and asked what we can do, and he told me about a wonderful Lady in Australia that had taken up the course and would be able to let me and my friends, neighbours and Families know what was happening to us in the small town of Waterloo after they stared 37 Turbines, we had no response from E.P.A,& Council or any where ells we asked, until Dr. Sarah Laurie, the lady that Calvin put me in touch with, after I invited her to come and see me, it all stared with a email to her, and NOT like some might want you to believe, she came to town and told us what was going on, I INVITED Her to came , because we had no where ells to go.
    Good on you Calvin and Dr. Laurie.

    ps. after getting letters back from Council , E P A , and Wind Company, I was told that the Waterloo Wind Turbines are meeting all E P A standards and there is nothing at all wrong , like saying it’s all in you Head.

    • What they fail to mention, is that the standards are set so low, that they are failing horribly in the job they were supposed to do. The noise limits, as well as the rules of the game, are all set up to advance the case of the wind company, and discredit their victims.

  4. I love your article and your thoughts but today we found out that our paradise is to be destroyed by big wind.

    The candidate for the largest party in our coalition government fought the last election stating that his party was implacably opposed to wind. So we all now know the British Conservative party will tell any lie they think will get them elected.

    Interesting that you abhor violence but encourage people to be obnoxious. You urge people not to break the law. I don’t know where you live, but in the UK being obnoxious is regarded as a form of violence and you are breaking the law. I suspect the law is moving in that direction everywhere.

    Here in the UK all we can do is bend over and take it.

  5. September 2004, Nina & I entered the Alice in Wonderland world of “wind energy” — a maze of deception, mendacity, fantasy, horror, bullying, greed, pain, illness, folly, all made possible by flagrant government complicity.

    In September 2004, Nina & I began the costly and exhausting process of booting the wind thugs out of Franklin County, New York (USA).

    We were not entirely successful. We formed a group, we were led by a passionate woman who became the wind developers’ worst nightmare, and we managed to keep these scum out of several townships in the county.

    We lost a few towns, and those towns, today, are industrial wastelands.

    Most importantly, we followed all the principles explained in my intemperate broadside, above. They work!

    Understand, as you read these words, that I was a professor at a worldclass and venerable university. I was raised with cultural sophistication and polish, and even with wealth. My wife, Nina Pierpont, is from a patrician New England family — a family of wealth and education and sophistication. But, to fight the Big Wind Machine, I had to set much of this aside and turn myself into a hellcat brawler. This did not please me, yet it was necessary.

    The wind energy thugs intend to slit your throat, and the throat of your beloved community, from your guzzle to your zatch (to quote Dr. Seuss). And they intend to do it by taking advantage of your innate politeness, courtesy, reasonableness, calmness, good neighborliness toward your scoundrel neighbors who have signed leases, etc.

    Rephrasing this, the Wind Mafia which is going to bury you and your community, is counting on the fact that you, dear reader, will not turn yourself into a hellcat brawler — that you will be, instead, docile, decorous, polite, and accept your “execution” (as it were) quietly, without much complaint. Like the proverbial “sheep led to slaughter.”

    In this you must disappoint them. I implore you: Set aside your practiced powers of goodwill and courtesy and amiability, and start breathing fire and brimstone and rain all of this, in the form of civil disobedience, on the heads of these villains.

    Do the same with your neighbors who sign leases. Their signature on that lease is the death warrant of your community. These people, your neighbors, are assassins — assassins of “community.” Let them know this.

    Let them know they will be forever shunned. Pariahs. They are no better than Judas. I don’t give a goddam if “they can use the money”; let them, rather, live in dignified poverty than destroy the holy fabric of “community” — community which takes many generations to cultivate and nurture.

    Nine years I have been watching this horror unfold around the world. Civil disobedience is what works. Tyranny has always collapsed before determined, relentless civil disobedience.

    Wind energy is a tyranny. Until you grasp this and take to the barricades and shouting matches and shutting down these farcical meetings, you are wasting your time and, not incidentally, you are losing, inch by inch, your human dignity.

    Get mad. Stay mad. Make history.

    Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

    • Thank you Calvin, I’ve been using your advice to fight the wind company in my area, and I am the only nasty bee with an itch that they are willing to negotiate with. My friends and acquaintances say it is because I treat the wind weasels with total irreverence, and show absolutely NO fear of any one or anything. I threaten, harass, insult, and expose these miscreants for the carpetbaggers that they really are, and I can’t imagine anyone silly enough to give the time of day to a host farmer. Between your good advice, and the attitude I’ve developed since realizing that it genuinely was, the health and well being of my family and my community at stake, I’ve managed to stay afloat, and the turbines are not yet approved. I have a “bit of a reputation”, around town, and the nasty little mayor despises me for all too often standing up and telling the truth, (even when everyone is listening!) My motto is….I will make them every bit as miserable as they are trying to make all of us, and I will stop, when they do. Too many palms being greased, and they don’t even feel the need to hide it anymore. This whole scam needs to be exposed for the world-wide pyramid scheme that it is. I will keep on pushing the government at every level, to end this fiasco. Thankyou for being a fellow wind warrior, and a damned good one at that!!!! Shellie Correia

    • Libby Wheatley says:

      Thank you Calvin, your posts are always informative and inspirational.

      Calvin and his colleague (the wind developer’s worst nightmare), were instrumental in helping me fight off BP’s 100 MW project around my home in West coastal Michigan, USA.

      After I presented a massive pile of materials objecting to BP’s setbacks and sound limits, especially evidence of adverse health impacts, our planning commission amended its ordinance in a way that, to this point, has blocked the project. The ordinance now limits low frequency noise. We also have much longer setbacks (3000 feet), which, in Michigan, are sufficient to stop the project in its tracks.

      Michigan has the most lenient wind zoning in the WORLD. There are no statewide regulations. Wind developers can get away with murder in townships with self-serving politicians or in townships that are not prepared for, or already educated about, the atrocities of Big Wind. People need to be prepared to get down and dirty in all out war to fend these criminals off. I agree with Calvin: being polite makes it that much easier for the thugs to succeed. Propriety sets the stage for Big Wind’s colonization of your community. People need to be willing and able to expose the frauds, enablers, and assassins of your community.

      Thanks to Calvin and the Wind Turbine Syndrome Site for its contributions to my continuing education on Big Wind.

      And thanks for the postings on Stop These Things, I especially appreciate the recent post on John Madigan, whom I consider to be a living Saint. We need more politicians of his ilk in the United States to bring to light the truth about Big Wind,and to shame the creeps and thugs of this industry.

      Libby Wheatley
      Montague Michigan, USA
      .

  6. Jackie Rovensky says:

    It is so true, at a meeting held by Acciona we asked lots of questions that they did not have answers to or probably for to the point did not want to answer, we voiced our angst, and eventually we were told they did not know what we wanted!!!! This elicited a loud emphatic response – Go away, leave us alone and don’t come back- this was after having asked what they would do if the whole town said they did not want them here, with their response being – nothing we would still build it.
    The shear arrogance and complete failure to stand by what they portray themselves as – at one with local communities.
    In the application REpopwer sent to the DAC in SA for the Ceres project on YP, they go on about how many jobs will be created – then say in their application that most will not be local and more to the point the social economic impact on the local community will be negative over time.
    In other words they are saying there is no advantage to the community of this monstrous project they want to force onto the community.

    Unfortunately the authorities given the job of approving these projects appear to either be unable to comprehend the intricacies, inconstancies and twists within these applications, or are in general unwilling to take the time to do so.

    But well done on this intorductin to your book, your suggestions are well worth considering.

  7. Harry Makris says:

    Thank you Calvin,..for reminding me of Gandhi’s Words..
    A Master of Civil Disobedience….

    “…..I Remember that…. all through History…
    …..the way of Truth and Love has always Won…..

    ….There have been Tyrants and Murders,,,..
    …..and.. for a time they can seem Invincible…

    …..But in the End ….They always Fall…

    …..Think of It…. Always……..”

    I included his voice in this video………

    . .https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=XaeKFeJtO5M

  8. Terry Conn says:

    I agree with each of Calvin’s points, especially that it’s time to stop saying ‘wind farms are fine if put in the right place’. Time to call it as it is ie. wind farms are rip off from ‘go to wo’. Politicians need to be told that if they support wind farms then we intend to see they ‘lose their seat’.

  9. I agree, we are to silent. We sit by our computers every single day and night trying to fight these monsters with letters,emails meetings etc., well researched but still seems to have little or no effect. Some good media stuff stirs the pot for awhile then simmers down, which wind industry know all this.
    I can not get past the fact that while we all do endless hours of research in the hope that it may help, whilst missing out on precious family time, my neighbours (hosts,pawns call them what you like) are sailing along with life as if they were on a set of Happy Days.
    Make no mistake, these developments would not get built without the consent of your neighbours. We need to expose them, instead of playing the peaceful community responsible neighbour game.
    There is no turning back, choices have been made so we should get these wind devotees out of the closet. They are fostering an industry that will destroy lives, friendships and communities , but of course they are not of the same belief because they have been protected and shielded from the truth.
    I can tell you from one who marched for our cause at Parliament house for the first time, it felt good. I’m up for another go.

  10. Don Quixote says:

    Sadly, every point rings true and can be directly translated to our situation here in Far North Queensland. A big thanks to STT for bringing us together and sharing sage advice from those who have gone before in the battle against Big Wind.

  11. I can’t get enough of this website and this recent post by Calvin makes me want to attend the next protest and get arrested!! Calvin, you are so right: for seven years now we have been trying to fight our local wind farm with no avail. Quietly writing letters, making non aggressive phone calls and not putting up signs in case of offending someone. Enoughs enough! Time to throw the s#%t back in their face.

  12. Thank you so much for posting this excellent article….STT. It is one of my very favourite ones, and I live by his advice on how to fight the wind weasels. Every single windwarrior should read this, and take it to heart. He knows of what he speaks. I have bought many copies of Dr. Nina Pierpont’s book, “Wind Turbine Syndrome”. I have found they make great gifts for uneducated politicians. Together, this couple has contributed greatly in the fight against Big Wind!

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