Ask questions, do your homework. Because once you let these guys in your world’s going to change forever, and there’s not a thing you’re going to be able to do about it.
Nextera saying, “The authorization we got from the (Ontario) ministry of natural resources was to destroy this (eagle) nest” Video
Senator Bob Runciman: Because it’s green energy, the environmental movement seems content to ignore the despoiling of the environment and the wanton killing of birds http://freewco.blogspot.ca/2014/01/senator-bob-runciman-environment.html
Perth-Wellington MPP: “If companies with FIT contracts are guaranteed REA approvals, then the whole process is a farce.” QLS
Ireland: Senator J. Whelan — “Scandal and Fraud of Wind Turbines” Leinster Express — July 3, 2014
Wind farms have been branded a ‘complete scam’ by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson (UK) WCO, Daily Mail
reported from a Danish High Court judge that the wind power industry has corrupted its typically moral government
Senator Bob Runciman: We are destroying the quality of life in rural communities to produce power we don’t need and then giving that power away to neighbouring jurisdictions at roughly 25 per cent of the cost we’re paying to generate it. Then those jurisdictions use that cheap power to compete with Ontario industries. Is it any wonder Ontario lost more than 39,000 jobs last month alone? WCO
London Mayor: Wind farms couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding Tel
Prince Charles: wind farms are horrendous
Prince Philip: Wind Farms Are ‘Absolutely Useless And A Disgrace’
T. Boone Pickens: ‘I’ve Lost My A–‘ in Wind Power – ‘The Jobs Are in the Oil and Gas Industry’
Donald Trump: “Taxing your citizens to subsidise wind projects owned by foreign energy companies will destroy your country and its economy.
Anne Murray: “These things ….. are an eyesore, in my opinion. In an area like this, I think they would be a blight on the coastline and a terrible detriment to the economy.”
UK PM David Cameron says countryside wind farms have been ‘wasteful of public money’. Also, “We shouldn’t be plonking wind farms all over communities that don’t want them,” Mr Cameron said.
UK energy minister, John Hayes: Windfarms are “extremely inefficient and costly” and will not be able to replace gas or nuclear power Gaurdian
James Lovelock, inventor of Gaia theory and godfather of modern environmentalismdeclares that wind farms are hideous… his hatred of wind power (he has a picture of a wind turbine on the wall of his study to remind him how “ugly and useless they are”) WCO Telegraph Guardian
Professor Lovelock: “our original good intentions… have been so misunderstood… We need to take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island – monuments of a failed civilisation.” QLS
Environmental Review Tribunal concluded, “The debate should not be simplified to one about whether wind turbines can cause harm to humans. The evidence presented to the Tribunal demonstrates that they can, if facilities are placed too close to residents. The debate has now evolved to one of degree.” NYPost, Sun  Erickson v. Director, Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Decision Case No’s 10-121 and 10-122, page 207.
Renowned UK Environmentalist David Bellamy “Wind farms are totally useless environmentally” QLS
Actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones has hit out at the ‘hypocrisy’ of wind farms – labelling them ‘green tokenism.’ Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147860/Wind-farms-green-tokenism-Actor-Griff-Rhys-Jones-attacks-turbines-says-elitist-care-countryside.html#ixzz1vicXorvF
MPP Vic Fedeli said “First, the Auditor General tells us how bad wind turbines are for the economy; then Health Canada sees fit to study the ill health effects from turbines; now the Environment Commissioner is warning of their impact on wildlife” WCO CFP
18 Jul 2011 – In The Wall Street Journal, environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy says the long-stalled plan to cover 25 square miles of pristine Nantucket Sound with 130 massive steel windmill-turbine towers, is a rip-off
Washington Post (10/15/12) reports: “Al Gore is about 50 times richer than he was when he left the vice presidency in 2001. According to an Oct. 11 report by The Post’s Carol D. Leonnig, Gore accumulated a Romneyesque $100 million partly through investing in alternative-energy firms subsidized by the Obama administration.”
The mountains and moors, the wild uplands, are to be staked out like vampires in the sun, their chests pierced with rows of five-hundred-foot wind turbines and associated access roads, masts, pylons, and wires.
— Paul Kingsnorth, Orion, Jan./Feb. 2012
I have never encountered a single person who said: “I used to be against wind energy. Now that I have done my homework and learned as much as I can about them, I support wind energy.” Never. Not once. On the contrary, this is a one-way street. Once you learn the facts, you can only be against wind energy — and you can never, ever be won back to the other side.
— Eric Bibler, Mass.
Really, if it weren’t wind, the environmental groups would be out there screaming their heads off about the destruction that’s going on.
— Stephanie Kaplan, Vermont Public Radio, Nov. 15, 2010
There is no way to “un-blast” a ridge.
— Occupy Lowell Mountain
The earth isn’t dying; it is being killed. And “clean energy” will only make things worse.
— Alex, Deep Green Resistance Colorado
How can the industrialisation of water catchment areas, once protected by law, be regarded as suitable?
— Rachel Connor, Aug. 27, 2014, letter to Ken MacIntosh MSP
We feel strongly that industrial wind is a false solution to climate change, and remain committed to defending Maine’s mountain forests as a carbon-sink and as habitat for rare and endangered species.
— Jessie Dowling, Maine Earth First
What industrial wind represents should be obvious to everyone: this is business-as-usual disguised as concern for the Earth. Far from genuine “environmentalism”, it is the same profit- and growth-driven destruction that is at the root of every ecological crisis we face.
— Suzanna Jones, Vt., The Eagle, Feb. 6, 2013
By embracing industrial wind, for example, Vermont is replacing corporate-controlled fossil fuels with corporate-controlled renewables. We’re allowing those corporations to exploit and profit from our ridgelines, while ignoring the loss of valuable non-monetized benefits that intact mountains provide. In the end, Vermont’s climate change response hasn’t really been about “saving the environment,” no matter how ardently that sentiment is expressed in press releases and annual reports: it’s about maintaining, as long as possible, the unsustainable way of life that created the problem in the first place.
— Steven Gorelick, Vt., “Renegotiating the Future”
In short, wind represents yet another extraction industry seeking to exploit people and natural resources while delivering no meaningful product or service, relying upon unsubstantiated claims, an uninformed public and press, and the gullibility of those seeking easy solutions to complex problems. Many resent the pillage of our mountains, the destruction of wildlife, and the devaluation of property that will follow in the wake of this project.
— Jon Boone, testimony to Md. Public Service Commission
[T]he development of windfarms in rural locations potentially represents a transfer from residents in these communities and users of natural amenities (in the form of loss of amenities) to the majority of the population who are urban residents (in the form of energy).
— Stephen Gibbons, “Gone with the wind: valuing the local impacts of wind turbines through house prices”
The wind farm business is an immense folly inflicted on a gullible public by big business, with the collusion of big government, at enormous expense to taxpayers and the environment, with shockingly little energy benefit.
— Christopher Barnes, West Marin Citizen (California), Nov. 2010
Future payments will drop significantly but the local impacts will remain.
— Lloyd Crawford, Hawley, Mass.
When people think about the advantages and disadvantages of wind farms, as they would if a wind farm were proposed for their community, their support diminishes.
— Eric Smith & Holly Klick, paper presented at annual meeting of American Political Science Association, Boston, Mass., August 29, 2007
Now, despite the overwhelming odds against them, communities everywhere are not only fighting these projects but winning. They win by uniting liberals, conservatives and independents into one common struggle, all of us who’ve been kept apart by the politico-corporate strategy of divide and conquer.
— Mike Bond, Washington Times Communities, Apr. 19, 2013
It is time to give serious consideration to the possibility that the “greater good” to be had from grid-connected wind farms is not only minimal, but that it is indeed likely to be non-existent.
— Paul Miskelly, Acoustics Australia, August 2013
It’s very simple. They don’t work and never can. Here’s why: 1) no energy density; 2) not dispatchable; 3) not reliable; 4) can’t store electricity. And they are ruining the environment and making people very, very sick. It’s a mania driven by a torrent of tax subsidies. The developers are all opportunists who don’t give a damn. It’s a scourge.
— Eric Bibler, Maine
Three characteristics of wind energy – variability, uncertainty and asynchronism – can cause problems for maintaining a reliable and secure power system.
— Windtech International, April/May 2014
There is an assumption that “wind energy can make an important contribution to tackling climate change” (as CPRE put it). But all evidence so far is that it can not. There is no balance between the minuscule benefits of wind and its negative impacts on landscape, wildlife, and human community.
— Eric Rosenbloom, Vt.
Greenwashing at its best? Put a wind turbine in front of it, and no one will notice that the coal and nuclear plants are still there, working away as much as ever.
The cost of wind isn’t just the wind generator, its wind plus gas so you have the capacity there when you need it.
— Dan Dasho, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Interlochen Public Radio, April 3, 2015
It’s not a question of doing the best thing for the environment — the best thing for the environment is for people to stop using vast amounts of energy.
— Mike Hulme, Windfarm Wars, BBC2
The pursuit of large-scale, ridgeline wind power in Vermont represents a terrible error of vision and planning and a misunderstanding of what a responsible society must do to slow the warming of our planet. It also represents a profound failure to understand the value of our landscape to our souls and our economic future in Vermont.
— Steve E. Wright, “The Not So Green Mountains”, New York Times, Sept. 29, 2011
We would ask the Governor how he expects the 4th smallest town, in the 49th smallest state, to advocate for ourselves, against a multi-national corporation with more than 40 billion dollars in revenue.
— Mary Boyer, Selectboard Chair, Windham, Vt., July 11, 2012
Polls show most Scots unhappy with this heavily subsidised and only intermittent source of energy that causes huge damage to the environment.
— Tom Gallagher, The Atlantic, April 13, 2012
Not being an alternative themselves, it is quite simply spurious to ask for an alternative to replace them.
— Mark Duchamp, Executive Director, European Platform Against Windfarms
Unlike other sources, wind is intermittent. Using it in a power grid requires the addition of other sources.
— Greg Jergeson, Chairman, Montana Public Service Commission
Wind electricity can not free us from fossil fuels, it locks us into fossil fuels.— George Taylor
Ask questions, do your homework. Because once you let these guys in your world’s going to change forever, and there’s not a thing you’re going to be able to do about it
Dr. Van den Berg of the University of Groeningen, said “The methods used by wind turbine developers are seriously flawed … Actual sound levels are considerably higher than predicted, and wind turbines can produce sound with an impulsive character”
Professor Ffowcs-Williams, Emeritus Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, one of the UK’s leading acoustical experts, said “The regulations are dated and in other ways inadequate. Many experts think the current guidelines fail adequately to protect the public”.
QUOTES BY RESIDENTS TAKEN FROM DR AMANDA HARRY’S REPORT INTO WIND TURBINES AND HEALTH
“I get little sleep when the noise from the turbines is constant in its low frequency noise. I feel so depressed I want to get away and stay away until I know the wind direction has changed”
“My symptoms are due to a lack of sleep when the wind is in the east or northeast”
“I get headaches frequently, especially when the turbines are running at a fast rate towards us”
“I get headaches and thumping in the ears. I also find it’s continual noise very distressing”
“Suffer with headaches more and feel tired more so find daily tasks difficult to do”
“I also find that the sound we get from the [wind] farm affects my metal heart valve”
“Constant worry about noise. I feel sick when the turbines are running fast and towards the property. I came to a rural area for peace after a busy city life. I feel this has been ruined by the turbines.”
Stressed and extremely anxious as I am constantly disturbed by them when they are turning fast and facing towards me. We are having to live our lives around them due to the constant noise when thy are working”
“The strobing even when the curtains are closed is “HELL”. The noise is a pain. Can’t sit and read a book or write letters”
“We will probably have to move, I can see no future for me here”
“I dare not sleep at home”
“Noise disturbance at night….interferes with sleep patterns causing restlessness. During the day it’s difficult to stay out of doors for any length of time through excessive thumping sound. Both can cause headaches, anxiety and irritability”
“Certain wind directions mean excessive noise, like a thrashing machine constantly pounding, making it unpleasant to be in the garden or have windows open. Double glazed windows can vibrate and cause an intrusive almost sub-audible interference in some rooms”
“Tired, disturbed by noise. Feel it as much as hear it. Developers deny there are any problems unless we can prove it, but how can we do that?”
“Our quality of life we had before the wind farm came has gone. We no longer control the way we live our lives e.g. if we can work or sit in the garden, or at times even where we can sit in our own home or get a full night’s sleep”
“I never suffered from any problems before the turbines. I am convinced that living in a continual state of anxiety over the past four and a half years since the noise nuisance started has contributed to my present problems (hypertension and stress). Prior to 1999 I always enjoyed excellent health and rarely visited the doctor’s surgery. As my husband and I have been retired since 1994 and our family grown up and living in different areas of the country we do not have any other problems that are likely to cause stress or anxiety.”
“Not being able to choose when I work or sit in my own garden. Not getting full nights sleep. Waking with headaches when the noise is bad and feeling sick. Ears feel like I experience when travelling by plane- feel as if they are swollen inside. I cannot work more than 2-3 hours in the garden when the wind direction if from the east. We cannot see the wind farm from our property but at times the noise is horrendous.”
“My quality of life has been affected by the shadow flicker and the noise”
“As we leave the house, the turbines are always there, menacing, always drawing your attention, depressing, in a beautiful area. Normally I sleep with the bedroom windows closed, if in summer we have a heat wave and the windows are open, I find I am wheezing in time with the turbine noise, it seems to come inside my body.
“Quality of life has almost disappeared. No longer able to relax in the garden (when wind speed/ direction cause noise). Glinting and reflection also cause disturbance. Visual dominance is oppressive- extremely angry.”
“Constant sleep disturbance. Unable to work within certain areas, for noise levels, when wind is in certain directions, very stressful.”
“Disturbed sleeping. View blades whishing in the wind. Drawn to blades going round. Little concentration. Ugly to look at. Dominant. Not able to work in yard for long periods of time.”
“Our lives and home have been trashed and must be seen to be believed. We seem to be short tempered, unable to concentrate. Every thing we have such as mattress, duvets, cushions 4” thick, 3 rolls of sound deadening quilt, 3 sheets of corrugated asbestos, blankets, curtains, pillows even floor carpet stacked against the walls to try and keep out the sound. Not the peace I volunteered to fight for.”
“Constant noise when turbine is facing us and away from us. Sleepless nights which make me irritable. Stress due to husbands anxiety about the turbines.”
“Noise from turbines effects my sleep patterns, I sleep less. I get nausea when the turbines face our home and causes a drumming at low noise frequency. I worry about the turbine blades coming off and killing me”
“Alienation from mainstream community that have the erroneous impression that wind power is a good alternative. Forced to sell property at a reduced rate – that was meant to be our retirement home. Health improved since moving from the property”
“As soon as the wind farm was operating I experienced horrendous continuous noise when the wind was from the east. This was both inside and outside my home. There were many times I had to leave the garden because of the noise. It was like a Chinese water torture, it was a constant pulsating noise. It was almost a feeling of compression as much as noise. I had to move bedrooms at times in order to escape the noise. It imprints on you, if you have had it all day in the garden, it stays with you, once it’s in your head it’s hard to get rid of. It’s weird. It’s a feeling as much as a noise. It’s torture.”
“It’s an irritating and tiring noise, especially when you have not had any sleep because of it.”
“Even if you shut the window, the noise is still there, but not as much. The problem is, once you get the noise in your head, it’s always there, it does annoy you and it is difficult to disregard.”
“The noise is like a whooshing noise. It is intrusive. It keeps me awake – it doesn’t affect my husband as much as me but my being awake keeps him awake.”
“Once the noise gets into your head, it also seems to beat at the same frequency as my heart and I find it annoying and am unable to get any sleep- this can go on for nights on end. It’s not always the level of the noise, it’s the intermittent nature. You think “Oh it’s stopped” then it starts up again.”
“If the wind is from the East or the South the noise is horrendous- you can’t get away from it. It’s inside and outside the house. It’s worse at night- I have to bed hop. It’s a whooshing, drumming, constant drumming noise. It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. It wears you down. You can’t sleep at night or concentrate during the day. Once it gets inside your head you can’t get rid of it. You get up in the morning, tired, agitated and depressed and it makes you short- tempered.”
“Our lives are hell, they have been ruined and it’s all due to those turbines.”
“The noise from the wind farm is different and I can’t explain why, it just is. All you ever want to do is to get out of the way of it, by whatever means you can.”
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