As owners of Quixotes, we get asked from time to time why we are fighting the Big Wind industry and not Big Oil or Big Gas. I think it’s time to explain why we’ve chosen the side that we have.
First of all, we are all for individual — home or business — wind and solar power. Any home owner or any company who can lessen their dependence on the grid gets our thumbs up. Anyone who promotes conservation of our precious resources, gets a huge thumbs up and a big round of applause from us.
For some odd reason, those of us who are anti-wind have been made out to be the bad guys. If you’re anti-wind, you must ‘hate the planet’. You want to see our environment destroyed. You’re in the pockets of Big Oil and Big Gas. Quixotes Last Stand is not funded, sponsored or financially supported in any way by any group, corporation, industry, lobby or special interest group.
There are lots of people and groups who are fighting the fight against big oil and gas and other corporations, trying to minimize the damage and destruction done to our country, our wildlife, our homes, our environment. Hundreds of them. And we support their efforts 100%.
While we count on them to be vigilant and diligent with what they’re doing, we have to fight the fight against the damage and destruction done to our country, our wildlife and our homes by big industrial wind. When it comes to oil and wind, it’s not a one side or the other type of thing and I guess that’s where people have it confused.
We can be against the destruction caused by industrial wind turbines (ranging in size from 300 to 600 feet tall and growing) AND we can be against the destruction caused by oil or gas. One only has to see the events in January of this year, where a mating bald eagles nest was deliberately destroyed by a wind company and our Ministry of Natural Resources in Fisherville, Ontario, to understand why we are so passionate about this.
We aren’t “for” ANY corporation destroying all that we hold dear in this country or province. We expect all companies and corporations to be responsible and adopt the “Do No Harm” policy to preserve our heritage and land, and to keep it’s residents and wildlife safe. Where anyone got the idea that because we are fighting foreign multi-billion dollar wind corporations means that we support other sorts of environmental devastation is really perplexing.
Someone, somewhere, has sold this bill of goods to a lot of people. I’d wager to say that every single person who is anti-wind has fought longer and harder than the average citizen to protect our country and our environment.
We’ve been signing petitions to save the whales, save our water, save our air, since the 60′s. I’ve joined in protest marches against big corporations plowing down forests and destroying our ecosystem for over 40 years. I’ve written enough letters to more politicians / newspapers / magazines / governments / environmental groups, etc. over the past few decades to fill a warehouse.
We’ve donated thousands and thousands of dollars to various environmental groups. I’d be willing to bet that most of the anti-wind people who are so callously called “nimby” have done the same. We are battle-weary environmental soldiers who have been fighting the fight for decades, but we’re not going to give up trying to protect our beautiful Canada.
We owe it to future generations to make sure things are done right. It’s because of the efforts of the people like us, that we had environmental protection laws brought into effect in the first place. It’s because of people like us that emission control devices were ordered on all factories, coal plants, etc in the 70′s.
We’re the reason that we have laws protecting our wildlife and our environment. We are the reason why car manufacturers had to redesign their cars to be more fuel efficient and less polluting. And yet for some reason, anti-wind groups have been deemed the enemy.
We learned a LONG LONG time ago, that just because something is called “green” does not necessarily make it so. Money hungry corporations also figured out years and years ago that a good way to disguise anything bad that they’re doing is to call it ‘green’ and most people will fall for it. When you’ve been in the environmental trenches as long as we have, you learn pretty quickly how to tell a wolf in ‘green’ clothing.
Our current battle to shine the light on the lies and damage brought about by the wind industry won’t stop until they have been exposed for what they really are and what they really stand for. Money, money and more money.
The wind industry is not about ‘saving the planet’. When wind corporations have their annual stockholders meeting, do you really think the first question on their minds is, “How much of the planet did we save this year?” No. As with any other multi-billion dollar industry, it’s “How much did our profits go up this year?” and “How much money did we make?”
We will stay in this battle to the end. We owe it to future generations to see this through. That is our commitment.