Toronto – April 28, 2010
With the hope of saving the world famous Mont Saint Michel and its surroundings from twelve wind projects, I went the long way from South Sweden to Normandy. France, to participate in a demonstration. On the way back I crossed the border between Germany and Denmark on the morning of September 28th, 2009. After a few kilometers at the Danish side I saw long rows of wind turbine blades placed side-by-side along the highway.
To me they looked like columns of tanks from a hired army, financed by the wind power industry and their cohorts, waiting for the signal to start an invasion into a another foreign landscape, with purpose of taking it over as an occupying force.
Seeing the number of turbines created a nightmare scenario in my imagination that is almost beyond my ability to put into words.
Large-scale industrial wind power is an occupation of landscapes, as well as a deep intrusion into people’s private space – affecting their physical and emotional health. Wind turbines are foreign bodies not only economically stealing from citizens, but also seriously degrading their quality of life.
Behind every wind turbine stands Big Wind (and his allies), with a huge smile laughing at people, who so willingly and generously line his pocket, by believing the myth about windpower as a “clean, free and green source of energy of the future”. Only his financial supporters have a bigger smile.
This is only possible because of an incestuous collaboration between Big Wind, academia and politicians on many levels. Wind developments will be a monument to an age, when our leaders collectively “went of their heads”, as the English columnist Christopher Booker wrote in the Daily Telegraph last year.
But it is worse than that. The consequences for people living close to wind projects are so serious, that (after years of journalistic research) I have come to a point where I now label it as:
A peacetime crime against humanity.
In that perspective, the march in Toronto 28th of April in Ontario is an important step. We need to speak out and organize resistance against all the suffering and injustices, caused by wind turbines. We need to make clear to out political leaders that they will be held responsible for this charade. We have reached the limit of our tolerance.
Campaigners in the Nordic and Baltic Countries wish you good luck and will be with you in spirit.
Peter Skeel Hjorth
Journalist and spokesman for EPAW in the Nordic and Baltic Countries