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.

Wind Turbine GIFCommunities 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

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3 thoughts on “11 Ways to Kill Big Wind Projects

  1. Hello I am involved with both the Yass District Landscape Guardians as well as the Boorowa Landscape Guardians.
    Projects on the “books” here are Yass Valley Wind Farm incorporating Conroy’s Gap Wind Farm’s development portion of which is directly adjacent to our property, as well through the Boorowa Landscape Guardians I am involved with Banjo, Rugby and Rye Park Wind Farms.
    For 11 years I along with many others have opposed the Conroy’s Gap Wind Farm’s development.
    Particular concerns are bird and bat life strikes, the birds include 2 migratory parrots species namely the Superb Parrot “Polytelis swainsonii” and the Swift Parrot “Lathamus discolor”.
    Both parrots visit the region during their normal cycle of life, the Superb Parrot to breed and the Swift Parrot post breeding arrives here to feed on blossom post breeding in Tasmania.
    Both are high swift flying parrots.
    Raptors like the Wedged Tail Eagle, Little eagle etc. Will be heavily impacted by Wind Towers strikes.
    Other issues are land degradation that is for the very real potential for erosion, habitat destruction that is land clearance, access road decomposition from heavy construction traffic.
    The eventual affects on health, fire issues associated with turbine fires and the eventual inability for future aerial fire fighting simply because these industrial machines have been built on our highest ridges.
    I guess that these concerns are world wide
    Regards John

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