Wind Power Propaganda Unplugged: How Media Helped Sell the Greatest Fraud of All Time

The first recruit in war is God and the first casualty is the truth.

For 20 years, the wind industry has been slaughtering the truth across the globe in an unrelenting propaganda war.

George Orwell, British novelist and keen political observer, understood the power of words and the power that comes from manipulating them.

Orwell conjured up his nightmare world of malicious bureaucrats engaged in pernicious mind control in his novel, 1984.

At the time 1984 hit bookshelves in 1949, it was largely taken as a warning; a handbook on how to avoid a future dominated by a malign few, at the expense of a pliant and gullible many. As the Iron Curtin descended across Europe, many took it to be a “how to” manual being used by the Iron-Fisted, Communist regimes that ran the Soviet Bloc.

These days – as the great “Greenblob” (just the latest tribe of Neo-Marxists hell-bent on destroying free-market democracy from within) infects every aspect of political life and society – his prescient insights have taken on the air of a hard-hitting political documentary: anyone familiar with the cult that emerged from nowhere to doggedly worship solar panels and wind turbines knows that Orwell’s future is now.

Orwell’s tongue wasn’t exactly wedged in his cheek when he coined terms such as “newspeak”; “doublespeak”; and “doublethink”: he was in deadly earnest.

“Doublethink” involves ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct; but differs from plain old hypocrisy and neutrality. Somewhat related but almost the opposite is “cognitive dissonance”, where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind. Doublethink is notable due to a lack of cognitive dissonance — as brainwashing renders the “doublethinker” completely unaware of any conflict or contradiction.

And, so it’s come to pass that those that purport to govern us, fight tooth-and-nail to bury the facts about the insane costs of wind power; and, when the facts get out, take to lying and obfuscation like ducks to water.

In Orwell’s dystopian vision, the Party spent its every energy to ensure the people knew nothing of what was really going on, ensuring that only a narrative approved by the “Ministry of Truth” saw the light of day.

Mantras like the ‘wind is free’ and ‘battery technology is improving all the time’ are dead giveaways: our good friend’s logic and reason, have given way to unshakeable belief and maniacal zeal.

As Australia’s once affordable and reliable power supply collapses into chaos, as a result of a ludicrous Renewable Energy Target, and its massive $3billion a year subsidies, mandates, threats and financial punishments, Orwell’s observations on how the cynical exploit the pliant and gullible are as applicable as ever.

What the wind industry managed to do was to indoctrinate a generation of journalists and broadcasters, who in turn have found a Battalion of willing foot soldiers, in the form of inner-city intellectual wannabes – a class which has no idea on how power is produced, distributed or even used – which is ever ready to bully and harangue anyone with the temerity to question their myopic worldview. As this sharp little essay from the US reveals.

Rural America Doesn’t Want to Become America’s Power Plant
StopPATH WV
Keryn Newman
26 June 2017

A friend sent me an op ed that cracked the door on a little bit of truth that urban America needs to accept. Rural America doesn’t want to become your power plant. Donald Trump was in Iowa recently, and issued a Trumpism critical of wind power. The media jumped on its propaganda pony to point out that Iowa loves wind, and gets 36.6% of its energy from wind.

The story was that Trump was a lone critical voice and that Iowans are happy to reap wind profits and jobs and nobody minds becoming America’s power house. That’s just not true, according to the op ed. There is serious resistance to industrial wind in Iowa and other rural states. I already know this, but many do not, preferring instead to believe the rosy picture painted by an industry making money hand over fist exploiting rural America.

What’s the difference between what happened in West Virginia a hundred years ago and what’s happening in the Midwest now? Not much. Out-of-state corporations invaded and bought up the land and the people in order to exploit them for corporate gain. The people were told it was a great opportunity for jobs and tax revenue, and became so dependent on a single industry that they can’t survive without it.

Energy became the only game in town, and the politicians and profiteers refused to utter any criticism, despite the reality that it was actually destroying the state. And then, just like that, energy was no longer sustainable in the state because society had moved on from that particular form of energy. And the state was left in ruins as the corporations raced on to the next big energy goldmine. Those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it.

Wind energy relies on tax credits. The companies who build wind farms are raking in the dough courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. When the governmental largess stops, so will the wind farms. But meanwhile, wind energy companies are desperately, madly, trying to build new tax credit generators while they still can. And rural America resists.

What was it Donald Trump said? “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your house and your factory…” Wind is an intermittent resource. It doesn’t blow constantly at a consistent speed. If Iowa was 100% dependent on wind energy, homes and factory lights would rise and fall like the wind. I saw another propaganda blast last week that claimed a European country’s train system runs on “100% wind energy.” Untrue.

Electrons are all the same color, whether created by coal or wind, and they’re all mixed together when combined on the electric grid. Otherwise, that train would start and stop, slow down and speed up, based on a gust of wind. Face it, other forms of energy generation must back up intermittent resources to provide a steady stream of energy.

At some point, wind reaches saturation in a geographic area, and considering that rural America doesn’t use a whole lot of power compared to urban America, Iowa may be at its saturation point right now. But the tax credits are still good for another 3 years, and once a wind farm qualifies, it can draw on that credit for 10 years.

When the last big hurrah of wind gets built in 3 years, and when the 10-year draw of taxpayer profits expires, Iowa is going to be left in a graveyard of broken wind turbines that are too expensive to fix, and without tax credits, it doesn’t make sense to replace them. But the wind industry needs to build NOW, even if Iowa can’t use the power, so the companies want to export it. And the next thing you know, some cowboy wants to build gigantic transmission lines for export.

While hosting turbines is completely voluntary on the part of the landowner (and some argue that the landowner is paid quite generously for leasing land), cowboy’s transmission line wants to use eminent domain to force landowners to host its towers for a pittance. There’s a complete disconnect here — if wind farms are voluntary, then the infrastructure to enable them should also be voluntary. But it’s not. And rural America objects to having its productivity and lifestyle sacrificed for benefit of big wind’s profits and the environmental dreams of electric consumers in other states.

This article makes a better attempt at balanced coverage. This is the story that urban America never hears. And the few who do hear it tell the ones living in wind alley that their criticisms of industrial wind aren’t true, or that the should just suck it up, or that criticism of big wind is a sock puppet of the Koch brothers.

As one Iowan commented, you just haven’t become effective in your opposition until some arrogant, urban environmentalist accuses you of being funded by the fossil fuel industry. Nailed it.

Putting aside the politicians and wind farm hosts, and the corporations who fund them with a tiny portion of their profits, all the “support” of big wind comes from urban environmentalists who don’t live there. This is often expressed quite arrogantly by folks who want to save the planet at someone else’s expense. They’re condescending, they’re blithe, they’re arrogant, and they don’t want to host energy infrastructure in their own communities. They’re looking for the next patsy, because importing coal-fired power from West Virginia is now just so gauche. It’s not about taking responsibility for their own needs (something rural America is very familiar with), it’s about demanding that someone else take responsibility and sacrifice for their needs.

The dictating to rural America about what they must do isn’t going over too well. Rural America isn’t some cretinous population easily swayed to paint Tom Sawyer’s fence, and they resent being treated as such. And they will continue to resist urban America until the arrogance stops. Everybody matters, or nobody matters.

Those who think they’re so smart that they can control rural America like a monkey on a leash just can’t seem to grasp why they continue to lose. We must come together on even footing. If you love wind energy, urban America, put it in your own backyard. Rural America doesn’t want to become your power plant.
StopPATH WV

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on citizenpoweralliance.

  2. 4TimesAYear says:

    And then there was the proverbial “baseball bat” that they beat the energy companies over the head with – the forced them to put them in their portfolios. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DljOFwbdl9c I call this guy David “you had to hit them over the head with a baseball bat” Osterberg. This was totally unacceptable.

  3. 4TimesAYear says:

    Reblogged this on 4timesayear's Blog.

  4. Andy Wilmot says:

    One way to ” Stop these things ” is to start a war of the environmentalists ….. Coal haters against the bird lovers … Who will you take sides with ?

  5. Terry Conn says:

    At least ‘rural’ Iowans have figured it out – unfortunately not the same in rural NSW where one of the biggest proponents of wind turbines and renewables generally is the totally witless, leader of the ‘National’ party, Barnaby ‘Tony Abbott is talking to himself’ Joyce. It is hard to believe that the ‘Nationals’ who are supposed to represent rural Australians actually support wind farms, but it is true – God help us all.

  6. Steven J Bernard says:

    A lot of people support wind turbines until someone tries to put one in their backyard. The same is true for fracking for natural gas. I live next to a nuclear power plant, and frankly, I never even notice that it’s there. It makes no noise, emits no toxic fumes, and generates affordable electricity day and night in all kinds of weather.

  7. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “In Orwell’s dystopian vision, the Party spent its every energy to ensure the people knew nothing of what was really going on, ensuring that only a narrative approved by the “Ministry of Truth” saw the light of day.

    Mantras like the ‘wind is free’ and ‘battery technology is improving all the time’ are dead giveaways: our good friend’s logic and reason, have given way to unshakeable belief and maniacal zeal.

    As Australia’s once affordable and reliable power supply collapses into chaos, as a result of a ludicrous Renewable Energy Target, and its massive $3billion a year subsidies, mandates, threats and financial punishments, Orwell’s observations on how the cynical exploit the pliant and gullible are as applicable as ever.”

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  8. What this analysis leaves out of account is how Greens were drafted into this enterprize. Their analysis of the global ecological crisis was co-opted by neo-liberal ideologues and transformed into the swindling mechanism described above. There were initial protests from a minority of Greens http://www.carbontradewatch.org/pubs/cns.pdf but their critique faded away.

    Still, if one would like to “divide the enemy” and emancipate this issue from its present status as a party-political slanging match, it would be a good move to factor in this aspect of the situation.

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