The Emperor's New Clothes; A Wind Industry Parody
Once upon a time there lived People who were quite average, intelligent and caring, with one exception: they cared a lot about being politically correct. One day they heard from a swindler named The Wind Turbine Industry that they could save on their electric bills, halt global warming, lessen their dependency on foreign oil and not hurt wildlife and our precious land and sea scapes. These turbines, they said, also had the special capability that they were invisible to anyone who was either to stupid, hypocritical or NIMBY enough not to to see the truth.
Being a bit nervous about whether they themselves would be able to see the wind turbines, they first sent two of their trusted men, a politician and a news reporter to see them. Of course, neither would admit that they could not see the turbines and so they praised them.
People around the world had also heard of the turbines and were interested to learn how stupid and NIMBY their neighbors were.
The People then allowed themselves to carry the turbines in a procession through town, never admitting that they couldn’t see the turbines at all. For they were afraid that the other people would think that they were stupid, hypocritical and NIMBY.
Of course, all the townspeople wildly praised the magnificent turbines, afraid to admit that they could not see them, until a small child said:
"But there is nothing there "!
This was whispered from person to person until everyone in the crowd was shouting that the there were no turbines, no answers to global warming, no reduction in their electric bills, no lessening of their dependence on foreign oil and they would indeed harm wildlife and their precious land and sea scapes.
Soon, all of the People heard it and knew they were correct but they held their heads high and finished the procession anyway.
The moral of the story: “Just because everyone else believes something, doesn’t mean it is true."
Ironically, the real "The Emperor's New Clothes" is a Danish fairy tale, written my Hans Christian Anderson published in 1837. Why ironic? Because it is the Danish Wind Industry, along with other industrial wind turbine manufacturers, politicians and news media, that are attempting to involve the world in a conspiracy where the purposely frightened unempowered people have been duped into accepting a collective ignorance with regards to wind power's ability to 'save the planet'. Some of us see it and call out "But there is nothing there "! Still in spite of world-wide opposition, common sense and knowledge of the facts, politicians, the media, the wind industry and other powerful groups continue to ignore what is absurdly obvious and keep heading down their merry paths to The Bank.