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“Gaslighting” by the Wind Industry

Recently I was bouncing around the internet when I came across a you-tube video and within that video was an explanation of a term called “Gaslighting”.

 Gaslighting is based upon the 1944 psychological thriller movie “Gaslight” starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.   It tells the story of how a husband, along with some of his house staff, conspire to continually contradict the real life observations of his wife by insisting that what she thinks happened really didn’t.
 Examples include noises coming from the attic which supposedly is impossible since it’s boarded up.  A picture is missing from a wall and though she did not move it, the husband convinces her that she did.
Finally, she observes the gaslights in the house dim when the husband lights the attic gas lamps, but he insists that it was impossible since he couldn’t have been in the attic in the first place. All of this is to exert control over her and to slowly drive her mad since she now questions everything she perceives as reality.
 Orwell’s 1984 has an example when O’Brien tortures Winston Smith that 5 fingers are being held up when only 4 are and this same scenario is used with the torture of Captain Picard in Star Trek with 5 lights instead of 4.

Let’s look at this as it pertains to the continued onslaught of industrial wind turbines and their installations into rural Ontario. How often are we told by the wind industry that their development will create so many jobs, so much power to “X” number of households and that there will be no heath effects to those close by.   But wait a minute, reality indicates the jobs created couldn’t fill a small town arena, yet the lie is still repeated over and over again.

The same holds true for the power to households claim.  Never mind that actual power numbers and data show otherwise, you’re still wrong.  What motive would the wind industry have to misrepresent or inflate the performance of their product?

How about the health claims that turbines are causing sleepless nights, headaches, tinnitus and other ailments.

Wind Advocate:  “There is no proof that wind turbines cause these problems.”
Wind Victim:  “Well gee, we have up-to-date studies here and well, I wasn’t sick before these turbines were built, but now I am……….”
Wind Advocate:  “There is no proof that wind turbines cause these problems.”

Finally, there’s the notion that wind turbines are a benefit to the environment. After all, wasn’t this what this whole exercise was originally about?   Well we’ve seen the results. The harm to flora and fauna is undeniable.  The benefits touted for the environment don’t exist, but the mantra lives on and is spoken in reverential tones. Despite evidence to the contrary, the scripts don’t change and are repeated incessantly.

Gaslighting………

So why don’t we really call this out for what it really is. Here’s another description of Gaslighting;

“Psychologist Martha Stout states that sociopaths frequently use gaslighting tactics. Sociopaths consistently transgress social mores, break laws, and exploit others, but are also typically charming and convincing liars who consistently deny wrongdoing. Thus, some who have been victimized by sociopaths may doubt their perceptions.

Obviously, these are not nice people. They have no empathy, no virtue. They actually don’t give a damn for the environment.  These people use the environment the same way terrorists use women and children as human shields. These miserable people who are nothing more than grown-up hall monitors, simply want to tell us how we should live our lives, that we should accept these wind turbines and live in their midst.

If our health suffers?  Too bad.  And if the environmental shield has to take a few kill shots in the back, so be it.  If we dare to question, then we’re labelled as not caring for the planet. This is the furthest thing from the truth, but the accusation always surfaces.

Since turbines fail on every metric, they are actually detrimental to the environment since the funds allocated could’ve been better spent on actual programs that have positive, tangible results.

Wind turbines are nothing more than a marker. A sign of forced compliance. Look at any wind map and you’ll find that Ontario hasn’t the wind resource to support meaningful wind generation. Worse, it seems that projects are proposed and placed in the most provocative of sites such as Ostranders Point, Amherst Island and along flyway routes of Erie and Huron. Sites acknowledged to have many endangered or at risk species. Also our iconic landscapes around Superior are not immune to this desecration.

Sadly, there are too many examples of these people, both in government and special interests, with dark hearts to cite here. Suffice it to say that we can each make out our own lists and we will never forget them.  Mine will include industries, lobby groups, politicians and bureaucrats within government Ministries who just follow orders.  I won’t rest until they are made to pay a professional price for looking the other way.

You can view the movie “Gaslight” on any number of free online sites, as well, there’s a radio show version that’s very well done and captures the essence of the story perfectly.  I won’t spoil the results, but the denouement presents some wonderful possibilities. To those who insist on the continual practice of trying to gaslight the populace, I will continually insist that, as did Captain Picard, there are only 4 lights.

Paul Kuster — March 1, 2014

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4 Comments on ““Gaslighting” by the Wind Industry”

  1. cornwallwindwatch March 1, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  2. Alfred Alexander March 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you

  3. sandcanyongal March 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    This is the best analogy I’ve ever read. Got to say that I’m constantly very angry over the 100s of sq miles of wind turbine projects and now solar projects that are rapid fire being developed in and around Tehachapi, Mojave, in the Tehachapi Mountains and Southern Sierra Mountains. Our county, Kern County has paved the way for the companies to do whatever they want. Our hate towards them is monumental.

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