I continue to be contacted by people from around the world in response to my piece about the dubious 'benefits' of wind power. This is a much bigger problem than I had ever imagined.
And it's global.
Since writing about wind turbines on my blog, I've heard from very many people across the USA and Europe, all fighting their own battles with the powerful energy companies who are using often less than honest tactics to get their plans for ever more wind farms through planning regulations.
Worried individuals and communities have been in touch voicing their concerns, not only about the way the so-called benefits of the turbines are being 'sold' to them but also because they are having to fight giant energy companies in a David and Goliath battle to protect their countryside. And they feel helpless with the odds stacked against them as plans are bulldozed through regardless of local opposition.
There have been some success stories, for example in Çeşme, a beautiful area in Turkey where two brave women, Madeleine Staaf Kura and Esen Fatma Kabadayi have been fighting against apparently illegal wind turbine installations and gathering support from the local community in their efforts; so far they have managed to prevent the erection of fourteen turbines, after campaigning tirelessly against them. Their website (see link following this post) highlights their ongoing struggle, pointing out that “today everyone understands that this investment has nothing to do with clean energy. What may have been planned with good intentions on paper has become a scandal, full of corruption, irregularities, illegalities, and natural disasters, because of the desire and greed for profit.”.
And this is reflected in other parts of the world where many campaign groups are still fighting but without success.
The UK is no different. Here we find our countryside and coast overwhelmed by wind farms, nearly 1000 as I write are either operational or planned, and still there are plans for more. It is truly shocking to see just how many there are.
The problem is that the 'green' energy companies would have us all believe that the turbines are both green and efficient, good for our environment and the planet.
This is just a fallacy. Plain and simple.
I bought into this misconception a few years ago when I signed up with a green energy company in the UK, thinking I was helping the environment in the process. Aside from the fact that our energy bills steadily increased once we were part of this 'green dream', it became clear to me that the whole environmentally friendly tag was nothing but an illusion.
In the UK, where we find turbines on the increase around our coast and atop our green hills, still less than 10% of our energy comes from them, at the expense of our open spaces and wilderness. It's too high a price to pay for that insignificant amount of energy. But that's not all. The tactics and distorted truths that energy companies use to persuade us to accept their wind farms are a major concern and this really needs to be investigated before the situation becomes even worse.
In Northern Ireland, where wind turbines have been spreading like a virus across the landscape, it has been reported that a local MP had received numerous letters supposedly from local residents asking him to support a new wind farm planning application on the Antrim Hills, a scenic beauty spot. The letters were later discovered to be bogus. And when the real residents, whom these letters were purportedly from, were contacted, they were appalled that their names were being used fraudulently in this way when in truth they were in fact opposing the plan. It seems that this kind of underhand method is being used to get plans through in spite of local opposition.
Somebody somewhere is clearly making a whole load of money out of what appears to be a giant con. The consumer is being led to believe that by supporting 'green' energy from wind turbines, they are actually helping to protect the environment, while I believe now that the exact opposite is true. Wind turbines are desecrating the natural environment, killing wildlife, making lots of money for energy companies and their associates – and providing negligible amounts of electricity in the process.
This could turn out to be the biggest deception of recent times. And that is why I am continuing to write about it.
Future generations will look back and wonder how we let this happen.
Please, before you make the mistake of signing up with a 'green' energy company or buying into this 'renewable' deception, check out some of the websites I have listed below.
If you would like your own group or organisation listed here then please contact me or comment below (put your website details in the body of the comment).
More information about the battle in Turkey:
European Platform Against Wind Farms:
Wind Concerns Ontario (excellent website with information for Canada):
Save The Eagles International (info on the damage to bird life from turbines): http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/
Scotland Against Spin:
National Wind Watch (USA):
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