Who Wants To Blow The Whistle On The Wind Industry?

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Over the last couple of weeks this blog has been password-protected, for a number of reasons. The main reason for this decision was as a gesture of peace, goodwill and optimism, following some especially brutal rhetoric. Maybe, just maybe, this blog has done its job, and maybe the time for harsh speaking is now ready to give way to a time of reconciliation and forgiveness. Maybe the rhetorical brutalism has finally had the desired effect on those who most needed affecting, the intellectual argument has been won, and they now see that this blog’s stance is the right one. It’s certainly one backed by logic, ethics, democracy and now the law of the land in England, if not Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

It’s also the way the cookie seems to be crumbling in the USA, Canada and Australia. Wind farmers are on the backfoot, with communities now fighting back, using the force of law to defend themselves from the horrendous rape of the countryside for profit (or maybe just money laundering?).

There was another reason I temporarily password-protected the blog: an experiment, which I hope offers an example for wind farmers to follow. Words in cyberspace can disappear just as quickly as they appear. Now you see them…. now you don’t! You’ll see what I want you to see, up until I know you’ve got the message, and then when the job is done, I’ll make every effort to remove all traces of my workings. This is a metaphor for how I’d like wind farmers to behave: to remove all traces of their blight and leave the countryside exactly as they found it.

In the interests of disclosure, I should reveal the third reason for password-protecting the site: I offered a huge dossier of documentation against the wind industry to West Yorkshire Police, and I was quite happy to hand over my four years worth of research and let them get on with it. It almost felt like keeping the blog up could become counter-productive, or at least superfluous, after its contents had been discussed during a fascinating, eye-opening conversation with two absolutely brilliant police officers, who only increased my respect for the incredible work done by the police forces of the UK. How many of you would be able to do the job they do: objectively enforcing the law of the land, AS IT IS, not as maybe one would like it to be?!

I was given the opportunity to make the case that I’ve been making here over the last year, and I came away from the meeting with the clear feeling that the police share many of my misgivings about the antisocial manner in which the wind industry conducts itself. The problem they face is that the police don’t make the law, they just enforce it. And so they can only take action when the country’s legislation requires them to do so. This is further compounded by differences in English and Scottish law, particularly with regard to wind farm placement, which means that a wind farm that would be illegal in England is, unfortunately, currently legal in Scotland.

This has been a moment of soul-searching for me, because, were I a true NIMBY, I wouldn’t be remotely bothered by blight in parts of Scotland and Wales I can barely even pronounce, let alone have any personal interest in. Indeed, if I were a true NIMBY, as long as wind farms aren’t built in MY backyard, I’d feel that the Celtic extremities can go and screw themselves! Not my problem…

I don’t feel like that, however, because the high altitude moorlands, mountains and special landscapes of the entire planet are our collective backyard, as a species. It shouldn’t be a surprise that selfish wind developers simply haven’t attained the requisite spiritual development to understand this holistic view of how even faraway eco-damage can have a real and direct impact on people’s sense of mental health and well-being.

I have been transforming my anger at these people into forgiveness and even pity. But more importantly, I want to make it clear that my main role is one of Education.

As all good engineers will tell you – those who take pride in their work – the 3 E’s are the building blocks of every well-designed project: Education, Engineering and Enforcement. Where we sometimes go wrong is by jumping to engineering solutions, without at least trying to first educate people and giving them the opportunity to do the right thing. In management theory, this approach is known as Theory X. People have to be coerced into doing things they don’t want to do, as opposed to a Theory Y approach, in which people are assumed to want to excel voluntarily, given half a chance.

Even worse than just ignoring the education stage is to additionally ignore the engineering stage and jump straight to enforcement, which is basically being a totalitarian control freak. That’s not me… I’m a Classical Liberal, don’t forget! I therefore have to remind myself that I should always aim to educate people first and foremost, and only if that doesn’t work should I move onto engineering solutions (in this case, using activism as a means of getting wind farms rejected at the planning stage), followed up as a last resort with enforcement measures (ie changing the law so that wind developers end up going to prison if they don’t remove their unwanted blight voluntarily).

Clearly I want wind scammers to stop hurting me and my natural habitat. I want them to leave me and my fellow nature lovers alone, to pack up and get another job that doesn’t involve actively going out and looking for countryside to despoil. But I don’t want to harm them – I merely want to educate them as to what they’ve been doing and how it screws up the world.

Should they to listen to and learn from this education, that should be the end of it – a troupe of chastened ex-wind developers would now have much clearer knowledge about the impact of their actions. With this new awareness, one hopes they might become more and more upset about what they’ve being doing to the world, and to make up for it they might decide to whistle-blow and lift the lid on the shady practices they encountered in their former roles. Kind of like the Marty Rathbun of the wind industry!

That would be my dream come true, and it would also prove the point I’ve been making that my words really are first and foremost about educating people; they’re about getting through to the spiritual essence of everyone reading, cutting through the impersonal corporate BS, and communicating directly with you all on a raw, human, soul-to-soul basis. Kinesthetic learning means acquiring new knowledge, not from a stuffy lecture, but from experiencing an activity for yourself. I’d like to think of my writing style as emotionally kinesthetic – I want to jiggle your emotions all over the shop, in order to shake you up and wake you from your hypnotised stupor (assuming you were once, just like me, brainwashed into liking wind turbines).

The high amount of viewings received for those posts directed towards specific individuals indicates that these personally-orientated messages have been read something like ten times as often as my more general, non-specific posts! It makes me think my words really have touched the hearts of those who have read them and maybe got them learning about themselves. GOOD!

Their reward, should they carry on reading, is the knowledge that, going forward, the words get nicer from here. If you’ve ever been shocked by the brutality of the rhetoric of this website, never forget: I hate the sins, absolutely, but I never stop loving the sinners. I pray to God that one day they’ll join our ranks and speak out about the barbaric practices of the wind industry. I’d instantly forgive them their previous sins, if they were to jump ship and tell all.

And so, having taken my grievances to the police, I considered whether to pull the plug altogether on this blog, whether to keep it private, or whether to revert to full transparency after a breather. A couple of weeks later, I’m tempted to once again make MindWind public, but with a new direction, less aggressive (unless I’m triggered by wind blight), more conciliatory, and more respectful of the fact that well-meaning people might well have got swept up with the wind industry without receiving any education about its dark side. Everyone has to earn a living after all.

I’ll end this entry by reminding any wind developers reading (I have reason to believe some do!), my blog is all about Education. Now you’ve been given a crash course in how the wind scam affects so many people, there comes a point when you have to ask yourself if you’re working for a good company, selling a good product which makes people happy; or are you working for a nasty company that hurts people, loses money hand over fist (like millions of pounds of loss!) and is nothing more than a giant parasite that normal citizens wish would just go away?

If it was me, I’d leave the company tomorrow and try my best to make amends for all the bad things the company has done! I’d understand how my industry’s actions have made good people insanely angry, in exactly the same way that caging animals and ruining their habitats makes them literally go crazy. If we treated dogs the way we treat wind victims, the RSPCA would be onto us like a shot.

So feel free to blow the whistle, if you know where the bodies are buried (and that’s another metaphor, for those prone to take rhetorical discourse literally… I hope, anyway; I sincerely pray that no dead bodies have ever been thrown into the cement beneath a wind turbine!).

I’m just implying some of you might know more about the dubious funding arrangements of the wind industry, and might be able to explain exactly why on earth companies that keep losing millions of pounds a year persist in throwing their money away on horrible wind turbines, against the will and without the consent of the communities that have them imposed on them!

Where DOES the money come from, and where DOES it go???

 

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The Left Wing Case Against Wind Energy: Turbines Are The Enemy Of Social Justice

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Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, according to John Lennon. And just before real life got in the way – ie sinister German company Energiekontor decided to stick on their jackboots and invade the countryside around Bonchester Bridge, despite having been instructed by the locals to “Raus!” – I was busy making plans for my next essay.

As I was about to say, before I was so rudely interrupted by Duncan Taylor’s obnoxious gloating in the Scottish press, wind energy should be every left-winger’s nightmare, because wind turbines are the enemy of social justice.

What’s fascinating about this report of Taylor’s methods is that it backs up everything I’ve been saying in these last few blog posts, specifically about the BRUTALITY of wind developers, referred to here in relation to Mr Taylor’s words and behavior (“extraordinarily brutal”, claimed the Chairman of South Dean Council). So it’s really not just me. Everywhere you look in relation to Mr Taylor and his teutonic army, you come across upset people describing their aggressive approach as “brutal”.

Is this social justice? Is this what being left-wing is all about? Is this why people support renewables? Is this why people join the Green Party? As a licence to indulge in legalised brutality???

Now as I’ve already discussed, we all have brutal instincts within us, and it’s up to our higher selves to take responsibility for them, to apply them wisely, carefully, ethically and judiciously. My own brutal side, which I have analysed at length, is at least defensive rather than offensive in nature, and the method I find most effective and least harmful is via the written word, occasionally the spoken word; certainly not brutality in a physical or violent sense. I find that getting stuff out of my system linguistically stops it building up or becoming repressed and pathological in any way. My bark is worse than my bite, if you like! But the point is always to defend, never to attack.

All in all, however, I’m not generally a big fan of brutalism, and if I ever find myself having acted brutally, I normally feel somewhat de-energised and even guilty afterwards, so I’m well aware of the karmic payback that follows misplaced incidences of brutality. If I ever overstepped the mark, I would always apologise and take back any words that were unacceptable.

That said, sometimes brutality is the quickest and most effective way of tackling flawed thinking, if in no other way than to provide a wake-up call and reality check to those still drunk on any kind of political Kool-Aid. Rhetorical brutalism in these cases means standing up strongly and firmly for the principles of rationality, logic and critical thinking, “slaughtering” illogical and dangerous ideas with the precision of an SAS marksman taking down a predator. Richard Dawkins does the same in the name of atheism. Gordon Ramsay does the same in the name of cookery. Simon Cowell does the same in the name of pop music! It makes for good, sparky entertainment.

And that’s simply all I do with regard to wind energy: I apply all the forces of rhetorical brutalism I can muster up, in order to take down and incapacitate the flawed thinking that has hitherto allowed wind blight to infest our countryside. It’s a cerebral battle of thoughts that actually has real-life, physical consequences. Brutally taking down wind scammers intellectually prevents them from brutally destroying the countryside, so it’s a straight choice: defend the countryside or defend the wind scammers?

How do YOU deal with the brutal part of your nature, dear reader? Who and what makes you feel brutal? How do you keep your brutality under control, avoiding hurting innocent people? Who and what are viable targets for your brutality? What methods do you have for applying brutality and minimising damage? How do you use your brutality as a force for good?

(Life Lesson: be very wary of those who claim not to have a brutal side. They’re the ones you need to watch out for, because they will inadvertently brutalise everyone, or at least random people, without even realizing they are doing it! Brutality is all a part of our animal ancestry, so far more natural to understand it, harness it and use it as a force for good, rather than try  – and fail miserably – to suppress it altogether).

Almost all left-leaning people would hate to think of themselves as brutal, being generally opposed to inequality, oppression, racism, sexism and predatory capitalism. Yet a fair and rational debate around the pros and cons of wind energy is noticeable by its absence on the left. It’s just a non-issue, still largely outside the Overton Window of leftist discourse, despite anti-wind stances having been almost unanimously adopted by the right.

More people on the British left seem to be more concerned about the plight of Palestine, some 3,000 miles away, than the well-being of the Peak District. This is quite telling about the post-geographical techno bubble we all spend so much time in nowadays, in which your community is the social media website you frequent the most, rather than the neighbourhood where you actually live.

The downside of this mismatch between how close geographically an issue is to people, and how strongly they care about it, is an increased apathy towards our physical surroundings, resulting in some incredibly dubious political decisions and attitudes, such as those politicians crass enough to use the dumb epithet NIMBY (which always reveals whoever uses it to either be personally corrupt or else a useful idiot enabling somebody else’s corruption).

Wind turbines are the obvious example of a techno-communitarian’s version of “Green”, rather than a nature lover’s version of “Green” – a means of powering one’s ten Apple devices without feeling guilty about their carbon footprint, rather than maintaining one’s personal connection to the Green Earth!

Stop and consider how right-wing, capitalist, and consumerist all the above is. Have wind farms been built simply to enable us to detach ourselves further and further from the natural world, to immerse ourselves further and further into the digital universe of The Matrix (owned and run entirely by corporations)???

I should add that I too have an iPhone, an Android, three laptops and two desktops, and I make my living as Team Leader of a group of support engineers, so I’m not knocking technology. But I will stand up and loudly say – this is NOT to be powered at the expense of the natural beauty of the countryside: “I maybe a wage slave on Monday, but I am a free man on Sunday.” We need to be able to turn our computers off and escape all traces of technology, even if just for a few hours a week; hence the necessity to conserve and protect our green areas, for the benefit of all working (and non-working) people!

I should also say as well, there’s nothing wrong with caring about Palestine. But only after you’ve shown equal and proportionate interest in every other neighbourhood along the way, starting with your own.

If you believe in Equality, then wind farms fall at the first hurdle: take two hills of equal height. Add a wind turbine to one and watch how inequality immediately spirals: house prices go down, crime goes up, fewer people bother visiting that hill for leisure, resulting in worse health and less tourist income. The two hills are no longer equal – one has become stigmatised and blighted, whilst the other remains unspoilt and unblighted.

Sometimes even two sides of the same hill reveal the social injustice of turbine placement… Jaytail Farm’s hideous wind turbine is the epitome of such a scenario, blighting the Keighley side of Ilkley Moor rather than the Ilkley side. Keighley’s views are now ruined, and the town’s connection to the moor has been partially blocked, whereas on the north side Ilkley and Addingham still get their unspoilt natural views. The psychogeographic effect is huge and only increases social injustice – residents of largely working-class Keighley are clearly seen by the Planning Inspectorate as second-class citizens to those in affluent Ilkley.

You don’t see wind turbines in Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and the Home Counties. Drive along the M40 and you won’t see one between London and Birmingham. Yet, almost immediately north of the West Midlands, they start lining the sides of the M6 with increasing regularity. Is it because there’s more wind up north, or is it because southerners are more wealthy and therefore more able to stand up and say “NO!” to the wind scammers?

And this is what’s so insidious and just plain wrong about Polly Toynbee’s imbecilic attitude. How did this ridiculous woman get a job as a journalist with such utterly misguided drivel as this? Well… freedom of speech and all that. No, seriously, it’s good to take into account opposing opinions after all, and to be fair there are a lot of interesting facts in the article. It’s just the last paragraph that throws it all away really!

“Every year, wind energy gets closer to profitability.”

Does it? At the time of writing, clearly wind was not actually breaking even. Has it done so since? From what I’ve seen of Energiekontor’s accounts, they are losing money hand over fist: in 2015 they made a loss of £1,781,834, and in 2016 that loss went UP to £2,513,674. That’s getting further and further away from profitability! How DO these people make their profit? Where does the money come from, and where does it go? Nobody seems to have a clue!

“Every time I see those great white wings turning on the horizon, it makes my spirits soar.”

Actually rolling around on the floor laughing at this! Gotta be trolling, right? It’s the kind of thing my mates write as a pisstake, knowing my reaction! Seriously though, which turbines? How near did you get, and how long were you there for?

“How do these country folk tolerate monstrous pylons needlessly bestriding their best valleys whose cables could easily be buried, yet object to these breath-taking beauties?”

A lot of people don’t like pylons either, and indeed the infamous Longdendale power lines are now being buried! But the key difference is POLITICAL: our National Grid was created by the government, not predatory capitalists, as the most efficient and least harmful way of connecting our national power supply network. Pylon-building is not a willy-nilly free-for-all, driven by greedy companies. Sure the aesthetics of pylons aren’t great, but their shape, size and colour have far less negative aesthetic impact on green landscapes than haphazard arrays of huge, high-visibility, white spinning stars. Plus, more wind turbines means MORE pylons, Polly! Think it through…

“Those who object to wind farms should remember how easy they will be to dismantle as other technologies succeed, their scrap value more than paying to grass over where they stood.”

This demonstrates Polly’s ignorance. If you’ve ever seen a convoy of turbine parts you’ll realise just how many HGV journeys – involving police escorts, road closures and even brand new roads to enable these supersized loads – are required. Are we doing the same again when we get rid of them? What about the cubic tonnes of concrete dumped into the moors. How are we planning on getting rid of that? Finally, what exactly is the scrap value of a used turbine? Where do these things end up? Other than unwanted “art” exhibits in Hull (sponsored by oil companies)

“In the meantime, no party should tolerate its own local authority Nimbys stopping the most cost-effective clean energy currently available.”

Here’s where Polly’s inner brutality shines through, and it’s against us NIMBYs. The use of the word “tolerate” is quite scary! Why on earth would I vote for anyone who won’t tolerate my feelings, thoughts and observations about the best interests of my community, Polly? Seemingly insignificant comments like this one demonstrate perfectly why Trump won the US Election.

Unlike Polly, my heart doesn’t soar at the sight of the 37 industrial wind turbines towering above Rochdale. To my eyes, these wind turbines are a symbol of an area in decay, great big white spinning star-shaped badges of shame that basically say “Second-class citizens live under here”. Corporate flags stuck into high altitude Open Access Common Land. The fact that wealthy people have the means to reject them only means that wind developers proactively tackle those less able to defend themselves.

How anyone left-wing could see anything good whatsoever about this predatory capitalist, environmentally-appalling wind blight is one of the great mysteries of the age. Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers says Jeremy doesn’t even believe in man-made climate change, which is a step further than even I’d go! So the onus is on Jeremy to proudly and firmly say that, yes, Palestine is an important issue for the left. But of FAR more importance to British citizens is the removal of corporate parasites from our working class communities and their precious open spaces.

I believe you share my thoughts deep down Jeremy – it’d be damn nice to hear you say them out loud. The Tories are already onside, I’m pleased to say. It’s up to Labour whether they can outdo the Tories in the quest for social justice in this area.

Over to you Jezza!