“Victims of wind energy” conference, anyone?

Jul 21, 2012


Is it time to hold another wind energy conference—for the shepherds of the land?

—Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

How many hundreds of groups are there, around the world, fighting wind turbines in their backyards?  The answer is, “lots.”  Talk about a grassroots movement that turned into a whirlwind of fury and outrage in every country and every community where Big Wind has dared set foot.

Remember David & Goliath?  Imagine Goliath as a 2.5 MW bully towering higher than the Statue of Liberty, with mammoth rotating blades slicing the air at 200 mph.  Nothing could stop this apocalyptic beast—so thought his corporate sponsors.

Except they failed to calculate the improbable:  the shepherd boy who wasn’t corporate at all.  The kid whose infallible weapon was that he was tied to the land.  David was a product of that landscape.  His home.  His fields. His hills.  He knew their powers.  They filled him.

He called those powers, “Jehovah.”

The kid was not going to let this giant jackass destroy his landscape.  The Spirit of the Earth detested the Philistine monster, and the Spirit filled the shepherd boy with power and courage—and one helluva aim.

Against all odds, David knew he could take down the monster.  One smooth river-stone hurled from a homemade slingshot, miraculously guided in its trajectory by the Spirit—and the towering, bellowing thing was felled.

For eight years I have been sitting before this computer screen, corresponding with shepherds all over the world.  Shepherds armed with  nothing more than a smooth river-stone and slingshot and, somehow, filled with the holy fire of the land they occupy—these people have been bringing down Big Wind.

It is time, I think, for the “shepherds of the land” to convene.  From all over the world.  Convene and tell their story—the story of what a colossal obscenity Goliath in fact is.  Obscene to birds and bats and all other domestic creatures and wildlife and habitat and ridge lines and fields and rangelands and marshlands and people’s homes and health and sanity and property value.  Obscene to basic principles of physics and engineering and economics.

A thunderous obscenity and altogether a hoax.

Shepherds of the land, let us convene.  Confer.  Somewhere.  Somehow.  Let us brainstorm about how to do this.  All ideas are on the table.  We are a genuine movement.  Let us gather to celebrate and grow this movement.

Withal, may we keep it simple and cheap.  Remember, we’re all just shepherds.  Our tools are simple.  Our strength, however, is legendary.  History will remember us as it remembers young David—the improbable hero.

I titled this “victims of wind energy.”  Was David a victim of Goliath?  Nope!  He brought the son of a bitch to a full stop.

We will convene as shepherds of the land, not victims of corporate bullying.  The difference is consequential.


  1. Comment by Barrymx5 on 07/22/2012 at 4:59 am

    Exactly. United we stand, divided we fall.

  2. Comment by Howard Ferguson on 07/22/2012 at 7:01 am

    Hi, your article is spot on. The wind industry is simply another example of a global business which cares nothing for the environment or the people. It just happens that this business claims that it is about saving the environment – but that is just the PR spin. The reality is that they will build turbines anywhere that they can and care nothing for the environment.

    I have just sat through a public inquiry and one hears all the standard propaganda. During the event I kept thinking, “David and Goliath.” Then I received a mailing from you. The article is so exact that I simply had to link to it. Brilliant! (I borrowed your graphic to add interest. Hope that’s ok. Hopefully it should get you a lot of hits from over here in England where living in the country means that soon you will be living on a wind farm.)

    Described as sustainable. caring for the environment for future generations and all that stuff.

    Howard Ferguson

  3. Comment by sue Hobart on 07/22/2012 at 8:11 am


  4. Comment by Mary Kay Barton on 07/22/2012 at 4:31 pm

    Where and when?

  5. Comment by T Stacy on 07/22/2012 at 6:18 pm

    From one shepherd to another, the timing is right. Name the place and the date and I will see you there.

  6. Comment by Alex Metzler on 07/22/2012 at 6:57 pm

    Congratulations to Nina. This is an excellent article.

    Just an idea: What about teaming up (globally) with Donald Trump ? We could perhaps have a Goliath on our side as well …. !

    We might need such a big “biest” too for a miraculous break through like David, because we (should) know that he had the help of, and was lead by a greater Spirit, than just the spirit of the Earth (what’s that ??) !

    Alex Metzler

  7. Comment by johana on 07/22/2012 at 9:03 pm

    One big LIE to ensnare gullible “environmentalists” is the propaganda that this current cycle of “global warming” is anthropogenic; i.e. human activity is increasing the amount of CO2, thereby producing “the warming effect.”

    These lies completely ignore all the previous global warmings when humans couldn’t have had the “power” to generate them.

    Urban environmentalists need very much to do the hard work of researching this issue among ALL the science journals, not only those cherry-picked by the IWT industry.

  8. Comment by Barry FUNFAR on 07/22/2012 at 9:19 pm


    Do we need another wakeup call? The conference I attended in Picton, Ontario (Canada) was extremely informative and very motivating to me as a recent (at that time) victim of IWTs devastating effects.

    Now, a couple of years later, I certainly could use a pick-me-up of the latest that our experts have to offer. I would also offer a presentation
    revealing the sordid effects that my town’s turbines have had on my family. Like driving us out of our home.

    Both thumbs up that another symposium on WTs ill effects will occur soon.


    Barry Funfar
    Falmouth, MA
    508 294-2375

  9. Comment by Bill P on 07/22/2012 at 9:56 pm

    The David and Goliath analogy is a good one.

    Yes, it is good for the shepherds to talk.

    However, we also need to remember the source of our power, which is greater than any government, any developer, or even … money. It has no equal.

    Comes down to this in part … are you praying hard, or are you hardly praying? So ofen we try to fight the fight by our own resources, abilities and finances. That, friends, is a hard battle, as our opponents are well resourced, and in many cases have access to the public purse … in your back pocket. Our source of power is the One who says, love Me (God) and love your neighbour … and “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

    Remember from John 16:33. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” His power is unmatched.

    Sorry, will offend some, I know, but it had to be said.

  10. Comment by merle on 07/23/2012 at 12:01 pm

    If we humans could stop breeding so much and spreading our “wants” all over, we could get back to a better balance of things natural and we wouldn’dt want all these sick money spinning turbines.
    M Clarke
    South Australia

  11. Comment by johana on 07/23/2012 at 5:05 pm

    Great idea, Alex.
    Donald Trump does NOT favour Industrial Wind Turbines.
    Who knows Donald Trump well enough to suggest our Victims of Wind Energy Conference to him.
    Surely there is a place and a time when occupancy rates are low and he could give us poor shepherds a break.

  12. Comment by UK calling on 08/01/2012 at 9:51 am

    What about an online symposium? That way information could be disseminated across the globe in one hit and you could build a database of all the small groups fighting these developments.

    Living in Milton Keynes in the UK and we are slowly being surrounded by IWT. It is absolutely horrendous yet our media is saturated with the “stupidity and selfishness” of the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard – deeply offensive term!) and the wind industry is almost considered God-like in its purity.

    Utter rot and the sooner the actual facts are in the media, the better.

    Milton Keynes Council has finally reviewed its setback distances (last reviewed 10 years ago) and have agreed to a scale from 0 to 1.2km depending upon the height of the turbines (over 100m is 1.2km from dwellings). About time, but watch this space for the legal challenges from RWE and the like.

    Please consider the online option!

    Editor’s reply: Hmm. Interesting idea. Not sure how to pull it off, but will look into it. Seems to me it should be workable. Thanks!

  13. Comment by Joan Lagerman on 08/21/2012 at 1:18 pm

    Bright Spot, my Lawyer believe’s me after seeing my medical records but we can’t prove it. 2 meds to sleep, 2 meds for the migraines, 1 for the depression, and let’s not forget the lisinopril that both I and my teenage son are on for our High Blood Pressure, his blew first. We where on NO medications at all when this wind farm moved in. My husband has no problem’s, Maybe it’s Genetic?

    We have a 400′ Vestas V82 less than 1000′ from our foundation. 7 others around 1800 feet surrounding. Vestas doesn’t produce them anymore.

    Science based Health Studies Need to be done on the victims Now.

    I believe that I was your first Guinea Pig, I remember having to look up how to spell it. That seems so long ago and the only thing that has changed for me is the list of medications I’m on to deal with the increase in severity of some of the symptoms.

    I refuse to let them just get away with it and am fighting, wish me luck.

    Joan Lagerman
    W 2178 County Road Q
    Malone Wi 53049

  14. Comment by Joan Lagerman on 08/21/2012 at 1:33 pm

    On second though could you make that last one I sent you private please

    Joan Lagerman

    Thank you.

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