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Developers should pay for wind turbine vandalism

Accompanying the myth that wind turbine energy will replace fossil fuel energy is denial of the ecological impacts and health effects of wind turbines by governments and promoters. The ugly reality is that wind turbines are a serious addition to the industrialization of quiet rural landscapes, places that people have long valued for quality of life, retirement and recreation. The environmental costs imposed on wildlife and people have been systematically ignored by a political and regulatory system that has corrupted individual and societal freedom and environmental integrity by relegating these values to some distant offshoot of economic growth.

North Americans are barking up the wrong tree by promoting wind turbine construction, regardless of where it is proposed to build the turbines.

Many people have tunnel vision, believing that wind turbine-generated energy is somehow linked to reversing the growth in, and impact of, greenhouse gas emissions.

There is no evidence anywhere that wind turbine energy is displacing fossil fuel dependence, or slowing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions growth. Wind turbine energy is a non-factor in the endless growth agenda of the fossil fuel industry, and likewise for governments promoting growth in, and dependence on, oil and gas consumption.

There can be no better example than North America of the failure of wind turbine energy to slow growth in anything. Wind turbine energy generation is fuelling growth in the human population and energy consumption. It is not doing the opposite.

Accompanying the myth that wind turbine energy will replace fossil fuel energy is denial of the ecological impacts and health effects of wind turbines by governments and promoters. The ugly reality is that wind turbines are a serious addition to the industrialization of quiet rural landscapes, places that people have long... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

North Americans are barking up the wrong tree by promoting wind turbine construction, regardless of where it is proposed to build the turbines.

Many people have tunnel vision, believing that wind turbine-generated energy is somehow linked to reversing the growth in, and impact of, greenhouse gas emissions.

There is no evidence anywhere that wind turbine energy is displacing fossil fuel dependence, or slowing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions growth. Wind turbine energy is a non-factor in the endless growth agenda of the fossil fuel industry, and likewise for governments promoting growth in, and dependence on, oil and gas consumption.

There can be no better example than North America of the failure of wind turbine energy to slow growth in anything. Wind turbine energy generation is fuelling growth in the human population and energy consumption. It is not doing the opposite.

Accompanying the myth that wind turbine energy will replace fossil fuel energy is denial of the ecological impacts and health effects of wind turbines by governments and promoters. The ugly reality is that wind turbines are a serious addition to the industrialization of quiet rural landscapes, places that people have long valued for quality of life, retirement and recreation.

The environmental costs imposed on wildlife and people have been systematically ignored by a political and regulatory system that has corrupted individual and societal freedom and environmental integrity by relegating these values to some distant offshoot of economic growth. The costs, and those who talk about them, are treated with contempt. How dare they influence a decision to give some landowner a chance to make a buck by carving his backyard and space into fragments with giant chopping machines?

Wind turbines are an assault on human well-being and act to degrade the human "gestalt." Promotion of wind turbine energy is a case of "greenwash" used to serve its proponents' commercial aspirations.

Wind turbines are today's version of a threatening monster being jammed down the throats of neighbours and localities. Nothing delivers a more intrusive and intense visual picture than the tower and blades of wind turbines. Turbines erode freedom of the human mind hour after hour, night after day, virtually forever, like a cellphone ringing incessantly that no one can turn off. To many people, this intrusion into their physical and physiological space has a mental effect analogous to the physical effects of a heavy smoker sitting next to you -essentially for life.

We do not subscribe to the managerial/market approach to democracy or conservation, with its deeply entrenched bias against human values such as an unadulterated horizon. This largely corporate view denigrates the value of freedom of the human spirit -the pedestal upon which human dignity, character and strength are built.

In an honest and fair regulatory and political environment, communities would bury wind turbine projects long before they got to the implementation stage. However, once forced on us by some corporate-created market economy, wind turbines, which wear on the human psyche, constitute "taking" from people by corporate promoters and their biased government collaborators.

We propose that each person impacted by a wind turbine receive, as a starting point for negotiations, $3,000 annually, to be paid by the developer, for the loss of private and citizen rights. The concept is simple: If the developer and some uncaring landowners want to destroy your rights and those of other citizens, and inflict on you suffering and mental distress, the good old "free" enterprise system that developers and local governments love to hide behind comes into play. Developers should pay for destroying part of your life.

The recent proliferation of wind turbine farms is just one more example of the aggression and destruction caused by the continuing expansion of an extremist private property and commercialism agenda. This is not freedom and it is not democracy. It is vandalism and oppression in the name of commercialism.

As citizens, we have the right and the obligation to reject wind turbine invasions as a corruption of our well-being, and we must marshal the courage to do so.


Source: http://www.thewhig.com/Arti...

AUG 13 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/16485-developers-should-pay-for-wind-turbine-vandalism
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