Wind Industry Keeps Losing ‘Hearts and Minds’: Community Opposition Rolls & Builds

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Irish Uprising: 10,000 hit Dublin last April.
And, surprise, surprise, they weren’t there backing wind power.

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Remember all the guff about everyone just “loving” wind farms: you know, the spin trotted out by wind industry spruikers – like the Clean Energy Council – in Mickey Mouse “surveys” that claim 150% of your compatriots just can’t wait to spear thousands of giant fans into YOUR slice of heaven (not theirs, of course).

As we’ve pointed out before, though, the answer you get depends very much on the question you ask (see our post here).

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And – funnily enough – it also depends on WHO you ask.

Sure enough, a gullible-green-voting-skinny-soy-latte-sipper from inner city Melbourne or Sydney is going to Tweet his support for wonderful ‘free’ wind power to Getup! – with exactly the same level of conscious ‘thought’ directed to the energy-end-game as when he’s madly re-Tweeting yet another 100 cat videos to his bearded-band of BFFs.

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Oh yeah, we’re like totally for wind power; and cat videos.

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But ask anyone with a basic grip on reality – and the facts – and you tend to get a very different response.

Around the world, rural communities are fighting back hard against the great wind power fraud.

Wherever wind farms have appeared – or have been threatened – big numbers of locals take a set against the monsters being speared into their previously peaceful – and often idyllic – rural communities.

Their anger extends to the goons that lied their way to development approval – and the bent officials that rubber-stamped their applications and who, thereafter, help the operators ride roughshod over locals’ rights to live in and enjoy the peace and comfort of their own homes and properties (see our post here).

Australians are in there fighting hard – with the numbers solidly against wind power outfits that cause nothing more than community division and open hostility wherever they go (see our posts here and here and here and here). In Australia, the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers have completely lost their grip on the ‘game’ (see our post here).

The Irish have already hit the streets to bring an end to the fraud: some 10,000 stormed Dublin back in April last year. The sense of anger in Ireland – as elsewhere – is palpable (see our post here).

Rural Ontario is seething, with locals taking the law into their own hands – sabotaging turbines and construction equipment in order to defend their (once) peaceful and prosperous communities (see our post here).

And the Scots have joined in – tearing down MET masts in order to prevent wind power outfits from gaining a foothold and, thereafter, violating their right to live free from turbine terror (see our post here).

The back-lash against wind power outfits has been mirrored in the US – with communities rallying to shut down projects before they begin; and a raft of litigation launched by neighbours (see our post here) – as well as 23 Texan turbine hosts suing the wind farm outfit they contracted with for turbine noise impacts and loss of property value, etc (see our post here).

As community and political opposition to the great wind power fraud rolls and builds across the world, the charge that opponents are red-necked climate change deniers, infected with a dose of Not In My Backyard syndrome, starts to ring hollow.

Surely that charge can’t stick to each and every one of the 1,000 who signed the petition against the Mt Emerald wind farm proposal in Far North QLD – and the 92% of locals there who are bitterly opposed to it (see our post here)?

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The same level of opposition arises at the local level – wherever wind power outfits are seeking to spear turbines into closely settled agricultural communities (see our post here) – and extends to efforts that result in the destruction of pristine and fragile desert environments (see our post here).

That includes dozens of communities across the Southern Tablelands of NSW, where locals are up in arms at efforts by wind farm outfits and the NSW Planning Department to sack and stack “community consultation committees” to ensure their development applications don’t face any real scrutiny (see our post here).

At Rye Park, 91% of locals are opposed to the wind farm Epuron plans to spear into their peaceful and prosperous farming community (see our post here).  And here’s the results of a survey carried out at a community meeting held there last year – taken by organisers to determine the level of support for wind power development in Boorowa, Yass, Rugby and Rye Park. After the speakers finished, the crowd delivered their responses to the survey to organisers: of the 104 in attendance, 88 people participated. The results were:

  • “I do not support wind power development in Boorowa, Yass, Rugby and Rye Park”: 80 votes (91%)
  • “I do support wind power development in Boorowa, Yass, Rugby and Rye Park”: 6 votes (7%)
  • “I am undecided about wind power development in Boorowa, Yass, Rugby and Rye Park”: 2 votes (2%).

No surprises there.

And communities like Tarago have erupted in anger at plans to destroy their lives and livelihoods (see our post here).

Australian farmers – who had signed up to host turbines based on the promise of a few thousand dollars a year per turbine – and, initially, sucked in by the lies pedalled by the hopeful wind power outfit concerned – have told the companies concerned to stick their fans where the sun don’t shine (see our post here).

A little while back, the usual response from those opposed to wind farms was along the lines of: “we’re all in favour of renewable energy, so long as wind farms are built in the right place”.

But that was before people understood the phenomenal cost of the subsidies directed at wind power through the mandatory LRET (see our post here) – and the impact on retail power prices (see our post here).

Fair minded country people are usually ready to give others the benefit of the doubt; and, not used to being lied to, accepted arguments pitched by wind power outfits about the “merits” of wind power: guff like “this wind farm will power 100,000 homes and save 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions” (see our post here).

Not anymore.

Apart from the very few farmers that stand to profit by hosting turbines, rural communities have woken up to the fact that wind power – which can only ever be delivered at crazy, random intervals – is meaningless as a power source because it cannot and will never replace on-demand sources, such as hydro, gas and coal.

And, as a consequence, that wind power cannot and will never reduce CO2 emissions in the electricity sector. The wind industry has never produced a shred of actual evidence to show it has; and the evidence that has been gathered shows intermittent wind power causing CO2 emissions to increase, not decrease (see our post here; this European paper here; this Irish paper here; this English paper here; and this Dutch study here).

The realisation that the wind industry is built on series of unsustainable fictions has local communities angrier than ever and helps explain the remarkable numbers opposed: 90% is what’s fairly called a solid “majority” in anybody’s book.

The hostility that’s erupted among pro-community groups to the great wind power fraud is a world-wide phenomenon – with more than 2,000 groups doing their level best to bring an end to the greatest environmental and economic fraud of all time (see our post here).

And, for the wind industry and its parasites, the situation will only get worse from here. In our travels we’ve met plenty of people that started out in favour of wind power and turned against it.  But we’ve yet to meet anyone who started out opposed to wind power, who later became a supporter.  Funny about that.

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For the wind industry, it’s all downhill from here-on.

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So, with that in mind, let’s have a look a little survey conducted where the right questions were asked of the right people, which gives a fair taste of the scale of the community backlash brewing in New Hampshire: of 353 residents (to whom surveys were sent) 41% are opposed to wind power plants; of the 226 that responded to the survey, 64% are dead-against.

Poll shows Groton voters oppose new wind plants
New Hampshire Union Leader
Dan Suefert
18 December 2014

GROTON — A master plan poll of town residents by the planning board shows most people in town are against adding more wind-energy plants.

According to planning board Chairman Steve Spafford, the board sent 353 mailings to all of the residents on the voting list, and received 226 of them back.

Of those, 89 people said they would approve more wind-energy plants, and 145 were opposed to the idea, Spafford said.

The town, which accepted the plans of Spanish wind-energy developer Iberdrola Renewables and allowed the Groton Wind Power Project, a 25-turbine, $120 million, 48-megawatt plant which went online in 2012, to be built.

In return, the town is given payments from the plant each year which were set at an amount that is roughly the town’s budget amount.

After some debate and legal questioning, the town accepted a proposal from EDP Renewables of Portugal this fall for a test tower on a local hill. Since then, EDP officials have announced that they will be filing an application for a $140 million, 15- to 25-turbine wind project called Spruce Ridge, which, if permitted by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee, would be built on land in five towns, including Groton.

The town is hoping to update its master plan in 2015, Spafford said, and needed to “get a sense of how people are feeling about new power projects, in this case wind projects.”

Earlier this month, the board mailed a survey to residents, asking, “Do you support more wind projects or oppose them?”

“We got a pretty strong response,” Spafford said. “We will likely add some wording on this for the master plan, and now we have something to tell the SEC when (EDP) files for this new project. according to our vote, the town is against more wind projects.”

EDP officials did not return requests for comment.

A local group opposing more wind power plants in the area, New Hampshire Wind Watch, said EDP should not ignore the vote.

“Industrial wind developers take notice, you are not wanted here,” said Wind Watch President Lori Lerner. “We have one huge turbine complex here already. One is one too many.”

“People live in this area because we don’t want to be urbanized. Now that the region has been ‘turbanized’ by (Groton Wind), residents in all towns in the region are coming together to fight this latest industrial scourge from EDP as the residents of Groton did so overwhelmingly (in the poll).”
New Hampshire Union Leader

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What’s not to like ….

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Keith Staff says:

    At a time of universal deceit by the wind industry, telling the truth
    is a revolutionary act.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  3. I cannot understand why any pollie or government official would go out and support these torturing pieces of crap: ‘torture’ to any animal or human being is a criminal offence. Are these people simply supporting torture?

  4. ‘One (wind farm) is one too many’ says Wind Watch President, Lori Lerner. For roughly fifteen years or so, Pacific Hydro staked out and snatched up fully supported by the authorities, the area of Portland and erected FOUR Wind Farms. Codrington, Cape Nelson North and South, Cape Sir William Grant, You could say five or six when you consider Cape Bridgewater is also divided into two sections. All four stages forming the PWEP.

    Planning changes now allow wind farm operators to increase blade lengths and make other moderations, to virtually add a second story level to preclude the need to erect more turbines in limited spaces. These moderations supposedly soup up performance and outputs when the wind blows and will increase the impacts on habitats including the neighbours.

    While noise and vibration and health issues near wind energy plants are unresolved the ‘social licence’ to operate diminishes. Holding community meetings and spreading ..erm…community funding or in my view, conducting,, biased community surveys does not abate or amend the growing frustration at an industry abiding its own merry yet tragic rules.

    Keep the very trusting rural public frustrated for long periods of time without resolution of the disastrous impacts to their lives, then understandably the bewilderment, frustration and deep resentment and anger at the many intrusions grows and it festers.
    It festers at being told repeatedly the problems only occur from undue influence in communities using scare tactics or jealousy etc. etc. It festers when reading inadequate noise monitoring regulations or biased results. It festers at the prospect of or damage done to many environments and communities.

    We Folk from the far South West have been patiently waiting for the systems and authorities to wake up to the reality of this unsustainable nightmare, to rip off their green coloured glasses and play catch up, to tag and resolve the many problems disguised through active inaction and profiteering. We patiently wait and wonder, while feelings of anger at the many injustices grows.

    • Jackie Rovenksy says:

      Melissa, you’re right. Here in Australia people have been patiently waiting, your voices have, and are now, being heard by more and more people in positions that can do something about it.

      What is needed is not continued patience but more and more voices rising up and saying STOP THESE THINGS, stop the lies, stop the misappropriation of our lives and environments, and stop handing out our money to those who give nothing back but illness and rising energy prices.

      We are a large country, and the spread of these things across isolated rural areas has enabled these companies and their supporters to use that isolation to their advantage, but the more they ram these things into communities the more people realise the fight has become theirs and not just someone else’s; the more they spread their towers of misery and destruction the more voices rise up.

      In a few short years the wealth of knowledge and work undertaken by a relative few, the dedication of those like Dr Sarah Laurie and the Waubra Foundation, and the work of STT has enabled those threatened to have quality information and avenues to speak out and be heard.

      It’s now time for the media to wake up and stop cosseting themselves in the arms of the companies and their hangers on, and start to report the truth of what is happening to their country and their rural communities.

      It’s time they exposed the lies and became a voice for truth.

  5. Stand against wind says:

    Great summary once again STT!

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