The modern environmental movement has rolled over to become an outlet for loggers, energy firms and car companies to plug into. It is now primarily a social media platform for consumerism, growth and energy production - an institutionalized philanderer of green illusions. If you need evidence, just go to any climate rally and you'll see a strip mall of stands for green products, green jobs and green energy. These will do nothing to solve the crisis we face, which is not an energy crisis but rather a crisis of consumption.
The news is filled with stories about those opposed to wind turbines and those supporting them. It's a never-ending war of opposing forces in many rural communities. The wars are tearing the rural social fabric to shreds.
The simple truth is that the Liberals' foolish pursuit of wind power has resulted in the creation of a massive Potemkin Village in Ontario, an outwardly impressive but ultimately useless facade. In the real world, it would have been smarter, cheaper and greener for the Liberals simply to have replaced coal-fired electricity with gas-fired electricity, while completely avoiding the boondoggle of wind.
Michael Fairneny of Florida, MA
My quiet, peaceful, serene world and home has been turned into a reality of grief, unending noise, annoyance and constant dealing with those in charge to help us.
U.S. Senators David Vitter and Lamar Alexander
It appears the [U.S.] Justice Department is hand-picking which migratory bird mortality cases to pursue with an obvious preference of going after oil and gas producers. For example, while three oil and gas companies are facing fines for killing birds, a wind energy company is applying for permits to kill up to fifteen bald eagles.
The people came over, looked at the house and said 'That's fantastic' I said: 'That's where the wind farm will go.' They went to see the wind farm manager, then came back and roasted the real estate agent. They said there is no way they were going to buy here and what a pity it was. I have $2.5m worth of farmland, and right now its unsellable.
It was inevitable of course, when you pit feather and bone against a turbine blade 45-metres long, the blade wins. And if the blade belongs to big energy the deal is cinched. It doesn't take a master's in quantum physics to predict the grim result of anchoring a mega-fan in the path of migrating birds.
Biodiversity that takes centuries to evolve cannot be reinvented overnight, neither can the bald eagles that nested in a 100 year old cottonwood tree at Fisherville be expected to accept a Tupperware nest platform on a pole somewhere, when their instinct tells them they should be in a natural tree somewhere else. Legislation is purportedly in place to protect species at risk - that's why it is there. Legislation that can be bought, and then twisted to serve the needs of development is not legislation. It smacks of a corrupt system of the worst possible kind perpetuated by money and greed.
Tory MPP Lisa Thompson
The (Dalton) McGuinty Liberals did not conduct an in-depth study into the health effects surrounding wind turbines before they invaded rural Ontario with their big green energy dreams. And we have heard from many throughout the years that that dream has turned into a nightmare.
Thanks, but no thanks. Let's see how the already approved bird-blenders do before we green light the further carving up of New Hampshire's scenic landscape for inefficient power projects that scar the land, blight the views and kill the wildlife in the name of "green" energy.
Huron County Comissioner John Nugent
For every argument in support of siting wind turbines, there is an equally compelling argument against. Ultimately, it comes down to what you personally believe (will be) the impact the turbines will have on Huron County. If approved, I believe the McKinley Overlay District will begin the process of destroying the quality of life for the residents along and near the shoreline, reduce residential property values, discourage tourism and damage migratory bird flyways.
This countryside - ‘incredibly beautiful, dangerously finite and infinitely precious' - will continue to change, as it always has. But the speed and scale of the change we are now seeing as a result of the proliferation of wind turbines is immense and threatens to damage the character of many landscapes for at least a generation.
The feed-in-tariff, the green energy program, has created a huge economic bubble, and we know that all bubbles will one day burst. You can't power a 21st century economy based on when the sun shines and the wind blows.
Dr John Constable, Director of REF
The [UK] government's own data shows that in spite of its unpopularity the wind industry is in fact having an easy time in planning, with the vast majority of schemes being forced on unwilling local populations. Very high subsidy levels have resulted in an overheated market and a rush of development that is inappropriate and environmentally damaging, as well as being extremely expensive for the consumer.
The irony of fighting global warming by destroying an untrammeled mountaintop can't be ignored. To me, it sounds suspiciously like the Vietnam-era fallacy that you have to destroy the village in order to save it. ...We need a more thoughtful way to make those choices when mountaintops are involved. Vermont's mountain summits are too precious a resource to be made a pawn in the alternative energy game.
"The spin stops here"
Industrial wind turbines have become a barrier to my household energy conservation effforts. Prior to wind turbines being constructed around our home we relied completely on natural ventilation to keep our home cool throughout the summer. However, now the turbines are so loud and disruptive that we have been forced to close up our windows and waste electricity for fans and various sources of "white noise" to try to overcome the problem. I don't have the means to install central air and being environmentally conscious really don't want to. How do I overcome this barrier that has been foisted on me?
All these schemes are notoriously inefficient and none of them would be constructed were it not for the government chucking huge sums of money at them in subsidies. They will have an adverse effect on house prices and there is the destruction of the countryside to consider - they are a noisy eyesore. If they were out to sea where people can’t see the damn things or as part of an industrial complex that would be OK.
Alas, despite all the practical evidence to show why wind power is one of the greatest follies of our age, those who rule our lives, from our own politicians and officials here in Britain to those above them in Brussels, seem quite impervious to the facts.
Seth Daniel, The Revere Journal
The windmill was supposed to power the entire development and also sell electricity to the grid. It was the way of the future, and the state invested heavily in the windmill, but apparently didn’t see the need to make sure that the investment actually reaped any dividends.