How to Wreck Landscapes for Eternity: Just Add Wind Turbines


Duane Hyland, 82, of Golden, Colorado is a retired software engineer who, horrified at what the wind industry has done to America’s Mid-West, penned a pretty solid warning to all-comers: “Steal the Wind Reap the Whirlwind.”

Here’s the thrust of Duane’s call to arms.

Wind turbines to ‘mar’ horizon for eternity
Argus Leader
Duane J. Hyland
10 August 2016

South Dakota residents should think carefully before agreeing to give up tax revenue for the privilege of having their landscapes marred by thousands of massive mechanical machines and hundreds of miles of new transmission lines.

I am from Colorado, but I have spent hundreds of hours driving through S.D., while commuting from Denver to southern Minnesota between 2007 and the present.

Rather than traveling east on I-80 and north on I-35, I always chose to travel north on Hwy. 83 from North Platte through the Sand Hills up to that “rare jewel” that is S.D. I would encounter only one wind turbine between the S.D. border and the Minnesota border.

This turbine, now still and silent, was at the Rosebud Casino south of Mission. Too costly to remove, it will likely stand silent till the end of time.

From Mission I would travel east, stopping at a farm near Winner for the night, where I would savor the evening sunset and the morning sunrise, marveling at the rare beauty of this still somewhat remote land.

In the morning I would continue east and north to Chamberlain, across the Mighty Missouri and east on I-90, knowing that I could travel all the way to the Minnesota border without seeing a single massive turbine.

At the Minnesota border the view changed with the beginning of a 70 mile transmission line, constructed to carry power from the wind turbines that begin to appear.

Thousands of miles of these new transmission lines have been built here in the U.S., the European Union and wherever these massive forests of spinning machines are erected.

Further east on I-90 are mile after mile of wind turbines. The serenity of S.D. was gone. Iowa to the south is almost an impenetrable “forest” of wind turbines and transmission lines.

Beginning in 2007, I witnessed the rise of hundreds of wind turbines around Grand Meadow, Minn. They sprouted from the fertile farm fields, the “farmsteads” soon surrounded by giant propellers, the shadows and hum interrupting bacon and eggs in the morning and beef roast and mash potatoes and gravy in the evening.

I was born about 15 miles from Grand Meadow, so I was very aware of the disappearing beauty. The name of the town did not lie. It truly was a “grand” meadow. It was being witness to the destruction of the original beauty that gave me the name of my book, “Steal the Wind Reap the Whirlwind,” and the motivation to write it.

“Environmentalists” would, in times past, raise the alarm at obstructions being built by the thousands across the land, but today the “Socio-Enviro-Emotionalists” salivate at the site of these rising monsters, believing they are “saving the planet.”

Hundreds of groups have been formed to fight the “wind monster” here in the United States and in Canada, even more across Europe. Oklahoma is one state where residents are fighting back.

Led by a now 87-year-old who wished to retire to his ranch, only to find that a wind farm was going to be built adjacent to his property, a non-profit was formed to take on the powerful wind industry. The website “” describes the hundreds of millions in lost taxes and the impact, especially on education, a cause he fought for his entire life.

In his November 2015 email to me, he stated that Oklahoma was 1,000 teachers short in the public schools and the teachers had not had a raise since 2008. South Dakotans should study the battle and the progress of this group before submitting to the power of the wind industry.

Western European countries are vast forests of “Spinning Skyscrapers.” Germany, in particular, is a “symbol” of the madness of replacing “active” power sources with variable “passive” power.

Its “Energiewende” (energy transformation) program will cost more than one trillion Euros. At 1.79 times the size of S.D., more than 5,000 miles of new or extended transmission lines are being built to milk about 25,000 turbines. Germany has shut down eight of 17 “zero-emissions” nuclear plants and plans to shut down the remaining plants by 2022.

It has also shut down a number of “new” natural gas plants. As a result, its CO2 emissions have remained level or slightly increased since 2010, in spite of the tremendous investments in “renewable” energy. It has even been necessary to build new coal plants to stabilize the Pan-European grid.

Think carefully before you reduce your tax base and mar your pristine landscapes with these mechanical monsters. They will, in all likelihood, have a limited functional lifespan, but will mar the skyline for decades and beyond, too costly to dismantle, too difficult or impossible to recycle.
Argus Leader

Hawaii rusting turbines

Here’s one we wrecked earlier …

About stopthesethings

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


  1. A couple more months and the main photo at the beginning of this article, will be my front yard.

  2. Uncle Fester says:

    In NSW (Australia) it looks like the hosts are going to be heavily reliant upon the good will and faith of the wind power companies, as the Department of Planning has decreed that if the power company is insolvent at the time of decomissioning, the ultimate responibility will lie with the host, as the development application is ultimately bound to the land title. ( Who in their right mind wouldnt expect this liability to be (legally) transferred to a $2 company with no assets at the end of life of the wind farm? Makes the whole thing revenue negative for the host after all, and guarantees that these things will be left to rot and ruin for perpetuity.

  3. Mr. Hyland mentions the Germans and their Energiewende blunder, which reminds me of a theory I have on German psychology (not all of them, of course). They do seem prone to blindly following a cause and going full-bore without thinking it through. There was a famous case of that last century and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Wind turbines have a militaristic look about them, like an invading army with no aesthetic values.

    I’m glad to see that this site posted a copy of the 1998 German Darmstadt Manifesto, an ominous, factual document, predictably in hindsight ignored by the wind power maniacs. Its authors must be seriously disappointed with the goosestepping of German wind power, and how they’re so determined to destroy many historic landscapes and forests.

    It’s got to be affecting tourism, also. I’m morbidly curious about visiting Germany to see what it all looks like in person, and if they were clever enough to leave a illusion of the former countryside on strategic routes. Apparently that’s not the case but all I have are random photos. If the same ratio of wind turbines to land (or sea) ever happens in America, we’re as insane as the Germans.

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    Imposing in there hundreds,
    Such an army on display,
    Those alien grey metal monsters
    I saw while on my way.
    Aliens on our shores have landed,
    So tall, backs straight and true,
    At night they watch through flashing eyes
    Of red, at me and you.

    Some have scaled the mountains,
    Others near schools and homes,
    Of one thing I am certain,
    Those aliens have no souls.
    No “whispering” from their ranks at all,
    An unearthly sound they make,
    It envelops each and everyone,
    No more can humans take.

    Three giant arms revolving,
    Enveloping all around,
    They’re here to ‘save the planet’,
    The biggest “con” I have found.
    Such hideous tall grey monsters,
    Invade green and pleasant lands,
    To stay for generations,
    Unless the people make a stand.

    These aliens feed on power and wind,
    Without either, they will die,
    They’re NOT environmental friendly,
    They’re for profit, (at a cost), that’s WHY.

  6. Crispin Trist says:

    It would appear that discussions for new nuclear power stations in the UK are well underway. I recently noticed this article in the Bristol Post regarding the building of a new Hinkley nuclear power station.

    Are these not the discussions we should be having right here, right now in Australia?

    I was especially interested in a comment posted below the article and I quote…

    “Brizz_Tony | August 18 2016, 3:28PM
    PCAH3, Exposure to lethal radiation would be a problem, which is why , believe it or not, measures are in place to make sure it doesn’t happen. The same as there are measures in place to prevent to release of explosive gas, or by-products of coal. There has never been a release of radiation from Hinkley A or B, or Oldbury or Berkeley for that matter. There has been a weekly rail service carrying nuclear waste from Hinkley, passing through Temple Meads, Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road etc, for decades, all without incident. In the same time period, there have been several dozens of incidents involving wind turbines, including at least 3 related fatalities in the UK, a BBC sound recordist being paralysed, and turbine blades detaching and flying as far as 500 metres. Several turbines have either caught fire or collapsed. They look tall and slender, but the blades on the bigger ones weigh several tonnes, and the turbines can be the size and weight of a single deck bus. Not only are they therefore dangerous, but they don’t produce much electricity, and what they do provide is in fits and starts. My advice is the same as the advice given by the manufacturers to servicing engineers – stay 400m away unless you are actually working on the machine. Do not be tempted to hug them – they can bite! That said, I don’t think the current Hinkley plan is a good one, because the technology for the EPR is completely unproven. Mrs May should exercise the get-out clause that allows her to scrap the Hinkley job if the EPR has not been proven by 2020. As it looks like Flammanville’s reactor may have to be taken down and rebuilt, they have no chance. As I said below, she should ask Westinghouse to quote for a few of their tried and tested AP1000 plants, or Rolls Royce to supply some of the reactors they make for Vanguard submarines. She should also make sure that nuclear engineering has a much higher profile at universities, so that we rebuild the expertise we lost because of the total inertia in our energy policy. That must include funding research into Thorium as a fuel, rather than Uranium. We were the world leaders in that, but needed plutonium for bombs, so went for fast breeder reactors fuelled by uranium instead. We should be not just building a Hinkley C (and D) station of some kind, as well as the other proposed plants, but also preparing for their decommissioning and replacement in years to come. Thorium, for those few of you who don’t know, has the potential to be a lot safer than uranium. It cannot go critical and is no use in a bomb. It is much more abundant and does not need refining like uranium does to make it work. It needs a seed fuel to get it going, which is where we can use our high-level waste, which is transformed down the periodic table during the process of generating heat for fuel. At the moment, research is being led by China and India, who have almost finished building a thorium reactor-based research power facility. Our big problem is that we built the previous generation of nuclear power stations knowing the dates they would have to be switched off, and have since done nothing about replacing them other than building more and more gas burning stations.”

    …end quote.

    This is one project I shall be keeping a ‘very’ close eye on!

  7. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    If greens love nature, why aren’t they more concerned about carpeting pristine landscapes with industrial wind turbines?

    Duane J. Hyland nails this monumental, virtue-signalling hypocrisy…

    “Environmentalists” would, in times past, raise the alarm at obstructions being built by the thousands across the land, but today the “Socio-Enviro-Emotionalists” salivate at the site of these rising monsters, believing they are “saving the planet.”

    Read on…

    • Uncle Fester says:

      Not to mention, the eco-unfriendliness of these things during build and after decomsissioning, along with the millions of avian and bat strikes they will cause over the length of their tenure. Then, there is the emerging research of Brolgas (VIC) and Badgers (UK) struggling to cope with existing within their infrasound radius. Selective and blinkered Greentard-ism at it’s best (or worst).

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