Monday, September 04, 2006

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that the truth! I'm still trying to wrap my head around what is going on with the wind industry and how on earth they are able to get away with the lies and deceptions. Even when presented with perfectly sound information, people choose to ignore it and praise the great "symbol" of wind energy.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Enough Already said...

Of course, wind turbines are the Emperor's New Clothes in reverse. So obscenely big and obvious that you'd literally have to be blind to not see them. It really galls me that they've gained wide acceptance among "environmentalists" via the one-note song of carbon-reduction, with so many strikes against them aesthetically and morally. It's the same old industrialization of nature that Man has been engaged in for centuries, but it's got a green spin now. Wind turbines are the worst structures I've ever seen in terms of brutal visual impact and total acreage spread. Nothing else Man builds in the countryside is as tall and stark, plus their motion adds to the eyesore factor. Even if they were all inside city limits they'd look odd and eerie. Flashing red lights polluting the peaceful darkness are another facet that doesn't get enough emphasis. Country people feel like they're living near massive airports.

The "mainstream media" is doing a terrible job of reporting the downsides of rural skyscrapers, and gives more time to global warming deniers, who also happen to oppose wind turbines for the wrong reasons. Well, they do cite landscape ruination as one reason but they usually don't care about the landscape when it's pillaged by logging, oil or coal, so they're inconsistent. Then again, so are environmentalists who dislike the blight of fracking but not wind turbines. It all shows how convoluted the wind turbine issue has become.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Dona Tracy said...

I don't think those against industrial wind farms are for fossil fuels. In fact I think nuclear is the way most are thinking. The environmentalists simply can't even say the word nuclear since they were using that as the devil for too many years.

2:27 PM  

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