Having read both Annette Smith’s article “Industrial wind turbines require sound monitoring” and Mary Powell’s reply titled “No shame in success,” I was amused at how deftly Mary changed the subject.
Annette used Mary’s CEO salary as an example of how much is spent on upper management while that upper management opposes any requirement to monitor wind turbine sound, the cost of which pales in comparison. Annette pointed out that the more projects GMP builds, the more money Mary makes.
Nothing was said in Annette’s article about Mary making too much money as the CEO of GMP. Nor was there anything about poor Mary not making as much as her male counterparts. It was simply that monitoring costs very little when compared to a CEO salary, and Mary happens to be the “local” CEO.
Monitoring sound is needed to protect the health of families who live near industrial wind projects, but that monitoring could force companies to shut down the turbines when they are out of compliance.
Mary Powell didn’t want to discuss the negative effects of wind power so instead she talked about how difficult it is for a woman in a man’s world at the CEO level and for women in general.
There was nothing in Annette’s article that attempted to “shame” Mary Powell for being successful or for becoming a CEO. But Mary Powell should be ashamed that she saw her own situation as being more important than caring about the health of people living near commercial wind turbines.
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