It's not every day I get called a 'narrow minded troll' but if it's a label I have to wear in order to challenge something I see as wrong and immoral, then I will wear the badge with pride.
A couple of days ago, I posted another piece on this blog about my opposition to wind farms and, as is the way these days, it was shared around social media. Within hours I had been rounded on by the pro-wind lobby and I found myself in the midst of a barrage of hostile comments. This is not uncommon. Rather than enter into intelligent discussion, mostly the pro wind lobbyists resort to verbal abuse.
It seems that if anyone has an opinion that conflicts with that of the pro-windies, who are backed by the big energy companies, then they must be attacked and silenced.
But I will not keep quiet.
Silence can be considered consent - and I do not give my consent to the scourge of the wind turbines.
The facts are the facts. Wind energy is brought to you by big business and marketed to you as 'green', while in truth it is destructive, expensive and inefficient.
However, the purpose of this post is to bring you a few of the comments I received from the pro-wind lobbyists. I think the sheer aggression illustrates a distinct lack of strength in their assertions. As more than a few people have pointed out to me: when they resort to name calling, you know you have won the argument....
My favorite insult was being called a 'narrow minded troll with a crappy blog' but there were others.
I was accused of 'making up' much of what I wrote, when in fact I do research my pieces before publishing them, any good writer does.
But I was told: “you don't like wind generators so you're fabricating a whole fantasy nightmare scenario around them which simply doesn't exist. Who do you think you are - Don Quixote?”
Well, no I'm not Don Quixote. But thanks for asking.
In the same vein, I was informed that I was writing: “Totally unreferenced, unsubstantiated, bullshit.”
And by someone else: “this is a pile of old bollocks”
These pro wind people really are very eloquent aren't they?
Someone called Naomi told me to “Get used to it or die choking on carbon monoxide.”
Just for the record, this narrow minded troll (and I do dispute the label) will not 'get used to it' and will continue to speak out in opposition of the big wind turbine deception.
I've also been called a 'nimby' (a not-in-my-back-yard protester) even though I don't actually have a wind turbine, nor are there any plans for a wind farm, in my back garden. I know it might sound odd to some of the name-callers but I am actually concerned over other parts of the country (and the world) where there is still pristine countryside to protect from the onslaught of big wind companies.
There were a few isolated, more intelligent responses offering a reason as to why some people are not anti-turbines, often these people were supporting the use of private turbines to power individual properties or small communities – and I personally have no problem with this, it's the invasion of giant turbines that claim to power our towns and cities with 'green' energy where the figures don't add up for me.
And then of course you have the odd people who tell you (and I quote again) : “I personally think they are extremely beautiful and enhance the landscapes in which they reside immensely”.
Well there's no answer to that.
I expect that if a supermarket announced they were building a store atop Ben Nevis, some would say it was convenient and a boon to the local community.
As with the wind farms, protest at your peril and be accused of stifling progress. Such is the disregard for our precious countryside.
Perhaps, very tragically, much of the damage is already done in the UK, with nearly 1000 wind farms (that's collections of turbines, estimated to be 7,800 individual turbines) in operation or planned. But I still object to the misleading marketing of the green energy companies who are peddling environmentally friendly energy when it simply isn't.
It really is baffling just how many people have bought into this deception – but then the energy companies have been very clever, marketing their con as 'green' and convincing people that they are doing a good thing environmentally by supporting the 'renewable wind energy'. In fact big business is behind the dishonest claims and the only ones benefiting are the big companies themselves, causing in the process:-
Damage to wildlife (it is believed that millions of birds are killed annually by the turbines)
Felling of trees (millions of trees are felled to make way for wind farms)
Destruction of the countryside and coast.
Decimation of the environment where the manufacturing materials for turbines are sourced.
The cost of all this is incalculable – and for what? Just to line the pockets of a few people who are peddling a lie. I have nothing against big business, good luck to those who make money honestly. The problem is the dishonesty with which these companies operate. Their glossy green leaflets show turbines and countryside in perfect harmony. They might offer you financial incentives to sign up friends and family, though they will claw this back from you in higher energy bills.
The not so glossy truth is that the turbines bring with them destruction and potential for environmental disaster.
Don't be fooled, there will be no turning back once the countryside and coast are desecrated, energy prices will still rise and most importantly, these wind farms ain't green, they are destructive to the environment in both their manufacture and installation.
And, although I write from a turbine smothered UK, the problem is global. Visitors to my blog have arrived from every part of the world, from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and right across Europe from Turkey to Finland and from Ireland to Italy.
This is a big problem.
So, I will continue to support those many communities and individuals around the world who are struggling against the big companies in their fight against the turbine scandal.
And if that makes me a narrow minded troll then so be it.
Over 1300 views and more than 200 shares of my blog post (so far) suggest that many people out there are interested in finding out more.
And, people, don't forget:
Wind farms: they're not green and they're not clean.
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