The following is something Mike Bond, author of Saving Paradise, wrote a few years ago (with some editing by me). It’s still worth noting.
Communities around the world are facing a plague of industrial wind projects that like hideous War of the Worlds steel monsters are destroying communities, mountains, and wildlands; slaughtering birds and bats; and sickening people and driving them from their homes.
Even though these wind projects do not reduce greenhouse gases or fossil fuel use (as promised), they do have dreadful environmental, social, and economic impacts on whole regions. They are nothing but a tool for energy companies and investment banks to make billions in taxpayer subsidies that get added to the national debt.
The good news is that communities worldwide are learning how to defeat these dreadful projects. More laws and moratoriums are being passed against these wind farms, while other projects are defeated on legal grounds or by overwhelming public opposition.
In Hawaii, an industrial wind project that would have constructed ninety 42-story wind turbine towers across seventeen square miles of Molokai was defeated by a determined two-year effort of the island’s residents. In the process we learned many tactics, which I’ve summarized below.
Show wind projects for what they are: industrial. Not environmental, not green, not renewable. They do not reduce greenhouse gases or fossil fuel use. They create no long-term jobs and few short-term ones.Show wind projects for what they are: industrial. Not environmental, not green, not renewable. Click To Tweet
Don’t be nice. These wind developers are your enemies. They want to destroy where you live, steal your money (property values), and will drive you from your homes. They will lie, cheat, bribe, buy politicians, and do whatever else they can to win. They won’t be fair and you can’t trust them.Don’t be nice. These big wind developers are your enemies. They want to destroy where you live. Click To Tweet
Create a group and get your community behind you. Point out property value loss, human health issues, environmental destruction, tourism losses, and all the other dreadful results of industrial wind projects. If you have any homeowner associations, make them aware of the dangers so they can join the fight.Fight Big Wind: Point out property value loss, human health issues, environmental destruction, tourism losses. Click To Tweet
Publicize your case. Publicize via newspapers, TV and radio, online video, blogs, and nationwide petitions. Use good graphics. Go viral, worldwide. Community members should write op-eds and letters to the editor. Send frequent press releases to pass on news reports from National Wind Watch and other groups about the devastating impacts of industrial wind. These press releases should be sent to all relevant media outlets and local, state and national legislators.Fight Big Wind: Publicize your case via newspapers, TV and radio, online video, blogs, and national petitions. Click To Tweet
Develop a professional website with lots of information and ways for visitors to participate. Send out a regular email newsletter to keep people informed.Fight Big Wind: Develop a professional website with lots of information and ways for visitors to participate. Click To Tweet
Do mailings to everyone. In Molokai we sent two mailings to the island’s 2,700 addresses. The first mailer described the dangers of the project and included a survey with a stamped return envelope. We had a massive response, with 97% of responses against the project. Our group gained hundreds of new members. A year later we sent a second mailer with photo mock-ups showing how the wind turbines would tower over homes and landscapes. This mailer also included a bumper sticker which many residents then put on their cars.Fight Big Wind: Do mailings to everyone. In Molokai we sent two mailings to the island’s 2,700 addresses. Click To Tweet
Be visible. Put up lots of signs, both homemade and professionally done. Put up billboards if you can. Professional signs show you mean business, and they are taken more seriously.Fight Big Wind: Be visible. Put up lots of signs, both homemade and professionally done. Put up billboards. Click To Tweet
Find legislators who will help you. On the state level, Republicans are often more responsive and more concerned about the environment than traditional Democrats who have bought the idea that wind energy is environmentally good.Fight Big Wind: Find legislators who will help you fight big wind developments. Click To Tweet
Litigate. Find every avenue to impair or slow the wind developers. Once the Washington industrial welfare subsidies are removed, industrial wind companies will vanish overnight.Fight Big Wind: Litigate. Find every avenue to impair or slow the big wind developers. Click To Tweet
Get property value appraisals. Average losses of 40% or more are being reported. In Molokai, one of the reasons the landowner planning the project cancelled it was they estimated a 75% property value loss on their lands near the project. Publicize the loss of assessed value at county level and how that will reduce tax revenues. In most cases, property value loss far exceeds any revenue the county might receive from the project.Property value loss far exceeds any revenue the county might receive from a large wind project. Click To Tweet
Practice civil disobedience. Politicians and energy companies are terrified of this. Don’t be afraid to go to jail to protect the land and homes you love. On Molokai we planned if necessary to start a hunger strike on the island, and there were people ready to starve to death to protect our island. The level of your commitment is equal to the level of your success.Don’t be afraid to go to jail to protect the land and homes you love from industrial wind projects. Click To Tweet
Broken Wing: Birds, Blades and Broken Promises, an incredible account of the broken promises of the wind industry, is available now as a Kindle ebook on Amazon.