Wind Industry Pummels Pupils with Wind-Cult Propaganda in Schools

Infigen windy & gusto

The wind industry could never be accused of laying idle when it comes to its propaganda war. The search for the gullible starts in schools, as with the wind-cult program pitched by Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit Infigen, which it called ‘myfuture’ (see our post here).

The same tactics are on the loose in the UK, where wind spinners have placed designs on young and naive minds with lovable little whirling wonders like Tommy the turbine and Timmy the Turbine.

In a timely counterattack, STT Champion, Lindsey Ward has teamed up with master cartoonist, Josh in an effort to disinfect the ground poisoned by a class that would make Joseph Goebbels blush with their endless lies and audacity.

Here’s Lindsey speaking with ABC Ballarat’s Steve Martin on his Breakfast radio show about her tonic for wind industry spin.

 

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Tiny the Turbine helps fight back the wind industry propaganda allowed into our schools
National Wind Watch
Lindsey Ward
21 August 2016

Tiny the Turbine is a moral tale that tells the truth about the impacts of industrial wind development in a way children can understand. It has been written by a Highland anti wind campaigner, illustrated by a supporting Cartoonist and published online today.

Some time ago it was discovered that not only were multinational wind developers welcomed into our schools, they come bearing gifts and speak to pupils regarding only the ‘benefits’ of wind development.

Children are asked to name turbines and design logos. They are taken to visit wind farms. The message is clear. Build wind farms – or else the planet will suffer and the polar bears and penguins will die!

The other side of the story has never been told as far as we are aware.

There is no hard evidence that building wind farms will do anything to combat climate change. Many things like grid connection (no matter how many miles), foreign parts and workers, pollution caused in China mining and processing necessary rare earth minerals and decommissioning are not included in any CO2 savings calculations, making emission claims a farce.

Not only do wind developers go into schools, they produce child friendly stories about turbines. Tommy the Turbine,Timmy the Turbine, Lofty etc. All designed to put a positive spin on a controversial industry and keep profits flowing from the next generation.

Lyndsey Ward wrote Subsidy Sam, illustrated by Josh, in retaliation to this shameless indoctrination earlier in the year. It was a satirical story and really meant for adults.

Here: http://cartoonsbyjosh.co.uk/subsidy-sam

Subsidy Sam went global and following requests to write a real children’s story Lyndsey came up with Tiny the Turbine and Josh agreed to illustrate it.

Here: http://cartoonsbyjosh.co.uk/tiny-the-turbine

Children should never be exposed to indoctrination by multinational companies with a product to sell with no access to the opposing argument. It is happening again and again in Scotland. Fast food and fizzy drink giants were allowed into schools years ago – we now have a child obesity epidemic.

This wee story is moral. It smashes the myths of clean and green and environmentally friendly wind energy. Yet it does so in a way that is reasoned and sensible and so obvious to those who know the other side of the industry, and in a way that children will understand.

Importantly it is written and illustrated by people who are not paid by big industries with the deep pockets of the multinationals. People who care passionately for the environment and also that children are not indoctrinated by an industry determined to keep its shareholders happy. It is an honest reflection of what we see is happening – the other side. The side children are never told.

This tale, although written in Scotland, can be told in any country where there is industrial wind development and we hope it gets used around the world and translated into other languages.

It comes with a foreword from Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation in Australia which promotes health research and regulation of environmental noise pollution.

The message in this story to all governments supporting industrial wind is:

  • Stop access to school children by multinationals which are promoting their wares and are driven by their shareholders and profit margins
  • Stop allowing communities to be ransacked by wind developers against their will. Give communities a wind veto and the final say on the developments that they are forced to live with.
  • Stop enriching the already wealthy developers and landowners to the detriment of your own people.
  • Stop denying the health impacts suffered by humans and by animals.
  • Stop ignoring pollution concerns regarding drinking water and the environment.
  • Stop dismissing the deaths of protected birds and bats by turbine blades as numbers are reaching catastrophic proportions across the world.
  • Speak and act for the people you are paid to serve and not the rich multinationals.

The hands of the wind industry and supporting politicians are stained by the tears of the unwilling communities they have exploited and continue to exploit.

In addition to the above and specifically to the Scottish Government:

Give your citizens the wind veto as our counterparts in England have, so local opinion actually means something in the planning process.
Wind Watch

Subsidy-Sam

Foreword to Tiny the Turbine

This delightful children’s story celebrates the courage of those who see what is really going on in the world they live in, who then choose to speak the truth to the lies being told by powerful others. It is reminiscent of another children’s story about the Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen.

Children understand from a very early age, in their social interactions with others, about the abuse of power. They also know, and learn from the behaviour of others, about courage, and about what is right and wrong.

Children around the world are increasingly being harmed by excessive pollution – noise, air, soil and water.

Installation of industrial power generating facilities in rural areas is worsening these pollution problems, because governments are failing to regulate them to protect the health and safety of these communities. Sleep deprivation in particular is an increasing problem from noise pollution – and wind development is one such industry where this problem is escalating, especially as larger more powerful wind turbines are installed too close to homes and rural workplaces on farms, schools, and local businesses.

The messages of this story are indeed universal, for children and adults.

Tiny shows every child how speaking the truth can help to eventually stop abuse of power, no matter how little and alone you might feel. Your courage in speaking out and supporting others who do so, empowers and inspires others, just as the story of David’s battle against Goliath continues to inspire people today.

Sarah Laurie BMBS

Bachelor Medicine, Bachelor Surgery
Flinders University 1995
CEO, Waubra Foundation

And the story reads:

The sun always seemed to shine in Giggly Glen and the people were always smiling.

It was a very happy to place to live.

But then something happened that made the people very sad.

This is the tale of Tiny the Turbine who lived in Giggly Glen, on a pretty little farm that was rented by Mr Barley from the rich landowner, Sir Snatchit.

Tiny really was tiny. No-one could see or hear him. He had sat on the roof of the cowshed for many years and was completely hidden by the big trees of Giggly Glen Forest. Hardly anyone knew he was there.

Mr Barley used him in the winter to charge a little battery to light his cowshed where he kept his cows in the cold dark months. Tiny could just about do that but nothing else and spent the summer sunbathing and watching the wildlife all

around him. When the wind didn’t blow Mr Barley had to use a torch to tend his animals.

Mr Barley had a son, Ally. He was Tiny’s friend and would often go and talk to Tiny. Ally didn’t have many friends but Tiny was always there to listen when he had problems at school.

One day a wind developer called Mr McWeasel went to see Sir Snatchit.

He said because Sir Snatchit already had Tiny on his land he could get many more turbines, much much bigger ones. It would be called an extension and the man from the Government would say yes.

Mr McWeasel said if he could have permission to build the other turbines he could make Tiny much bigger and make him work harder and bring in lots more money from the Government. They would both be very rich.

He also said he would give the villagers a very small bit of that money the turbines made. It was the same money that the villagers had to pay to the Government in the first place. So really he was just giving the people their own money back. Mr McWeasel didn’t tell anyone that though.

Mr Barley didn’t want Tiny made bigger. Tiny did all he needed and didn’t bother anyone. The big turbines could be a problem for him and his family as they would be very close to their little house.

But because Sir Snatchit owned all the land and said yes to Mr McWeasel, the building of the turbines began.

Tiny was shocked when he saw Mr McWeasel’s men at work. They ripped up all the ground with big diggers, they cut down the trees in Giggly Glen Forest and poured big lorry loads of concrete all over the land. The wild animals ran away and the river turned a dirty brown colour and then … the birds stopped singing, the sun stopped shining and dark clouds spread across the sky.

Mr Barley went to see what was happening and sadly shook his head when he saw the mess and destruction made by Mr McWeasel’s men.

There were ten huge turbines. Each one taller than ten big trees standing on top of one another.

The biggest turbine was Trasher – Tiny’s very distant cousin – so named because he destroyed everything around him wherever he went.

Trasher was a bully. He was the ringleader of the other turbines. They laughed and jeered at Tiny because he was so tiny and rarely worked even though he did all Mr Barley wanted.

Mr McWeasel went to see Tiny. “You are too small. You don’t earn any money. I will order some parts and make you bigger and you will work harder for me.”

But then something else happened that really upset Tiny. His friends the birds were being hit by the blades of the big turbines. He told Mr McWeasel that he didn’t want to get any bigger and if he made him then he would refuse to work. He would go on strike and his blades would never move. He would not harm the birds.

Mr McWeasel was furious and ordered Tiny off Sir Snatchit’s land. “No-one disobeys me,” he said. Tiny looked to the other turbines for help but they just all stood and laughed at him.

“Go away,” shouted Trasher. “There is no place for someone like you here. You are not even big enough to boil a kettle! We need to earn money for Sir Snatchit and Mr McWeasel and if the birds get in the way then that is their hard luck.”

So Tiny left and was found by Ally, sitting crying on one of the trees cut down by Mr McWeasel’s men.

He listened to Tiny’s sadness about the birds and having to leave his home on the cowshed roof, just like Tiny had listened to him so many times when he had been sad.

Then he told Tiny what was happening to his family because of the turbines. He told him how his mother and father couldn’t sleep because of all the noise from Trasher and his friends. His father had crashed his tractor into the hen house the other day when he was so tired and had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Ally said he couldn’t sleep either and sometimes felt scared when he heard the thumping and swooshing of the turbine blades in the night.

It felt like the whole house was vibrating. The only time they got any peace from the awful noise was when the wind wasn’t blowing and the monster turbines weren’t turning. His mother often complained of headaches and never smiled any more. The chickens had stopped laying their eggs since the turbines came. Ross the sheep dog had starting hiding in the barn and wouldn’t come out and work the sheep.

Tiny jumped up! “This is not right,” he said. “We must stop it. Let’s go to the village and tell the people what is happening here.”

The village hall was crowded. People were shouting and angry.

“I can’t sleep and my visitors can’t sleep and now they won’t come back. How can I earn any money?” said Mrs Bumbly from Giggly Glen’s Guest House.

“My children can’t do their homework with that terrible din going on,” said Mr MacMillan from the bakery.

“The pupils can’t concentrate on their lessons any more with the never-ending noise,” said the Headmaster of the local school, Mr Knowall.

“My wife feels poorly all the time now. She says she has buzzing in her ears that never stops – not even when the turbines do,” said PC Doyle.

“I saw some bits break off one of the turbines – they flew a long way. They nearly hit me,” said Stan the Handyman.

“What if they caught fire?” asked the Fire Chief. “We couldn’t put a fire out so high up in the air.”

“My cat has left home and I have terrible headaches and feel ill every day,” said Mrs Miggins from the Post Office.

“I would sell my home and move away from Giggly Glen and those horrible turbines, but nobody will buy my house,” said Mr Donald.

“I saw the helicopter from the coastguard fly too close to the turbines when it was misty. There could be a nasty accident,” said Mr Foggarty.

“Enough is enough,” shouted Mr Barley. “We cannot live like this!

Mr McWeasel and his monsters cannot be allowed to ruin our lives and make us sick. Let’s send them away from Giggly Glen.”

“But how?” cried the villagers. “They are so big and frightening and dangerous for us to be near.”

Tiny turned to Ally and said, “Take the villagers to the turbines and I will meet you there.”

And so all the villagers, led by the now brave and confident Ally, marched up to Sir Snatchit’s land where they were met by Mr McWeasel standing in front of Trasher and the other turbines.

“We are here to tell you to go. You are making us ill. Living in Giggly Glen has become a nightmare since you arrived,” Ally shouted up to them.

“So what?” snarled Mr McWeasel. “What are you going to do about it, little boy?”

Trasher and the other turbines sneered and laughed at him.

The villagers were scared but then Ally pointed to the lane and yelled, “Look who’s with Tiny.”

There was Tiny sitting on top of his dear old friend Tuska the retired tank, chugging towards the turbines.

That was enough for Mr McWeasel. “Pack up lads we are off; we hated Giggly Glen anyway; not enough wind and not enough money.”

With that, Mr McWeasel, Trasher and his terrible friends were seen running off into the distance and as they did the clouds parted, the sun shone, the birds started singing and the deer and the rabbits came back. The hens started clucking as they looked for somewhere to lay their eggs and Ross the sheep dog came out from the barn wagging his tail.

Tiny looked around, smiled at all the happy villagers, winked at his little friend Ally and went back to the cowshed roof where he settled down for an afternoon snooze in the sunshine.

Peace and happiness had returned to Giggly Glen.

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Download Tiny the Turbine (PDF) from the Cartoons by Josh website

 

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

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  2. As we said on Twitter earlier, Tiny the Turbine might be small, but he sure is delivering a mighty smack to the wind industry propagandists who have been spinning to kids for far too long.

  3. Amazing work Lyndsey – so good to see it being shared like this. Adding my thanks to STT!!

  4. Reblogged this on citizenpoweralliance.

  5. One thing you can be certain of that as the wind industry is the second greatest scam to ever infest the planet, the reason they give in support of this con is equally false; Global warming was abandoned when they found the planet stopped warming 20 years ago & the polar caps are icing up, this morphed into climate change, another scam, all the predictions of the false Prophets (the new religion) continually fail to materialise. It’s time to hold them to account & expose the evil inclination.
    Malcolm Roberts refer Alan Jones has their measure, time to extend the battle STT.

  6. Take a look at the wind zealotry of current Scottish Govt here:

    http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Energy-sources/19185/17852-1/WindFAQ

    They list as “independent” scientific studies reports produced for Greenpeace and by various organisations that exist solely because of the so-called “energy transition”, in particular one by Graham Sinden which seems to sustain wind power in the UK simply because it pointed out that VERY low wind is rare, ignoring the real problem of just plain old low wind, which occurs regularly for long periods whenever an anticyclone sits above the UK.

  7. What can I say? Thanks STT – again.

  8. 4TimesAYear says:

    Reblogged this on 4timesayear's Blog.

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