“We have only just begun to fight” (Wind Turbine Syndrome victims)

Jan 23, 2012


Editor’s note:  This note was written today by Sue Hobart of Falmouth (MA) and circulated to a number of her friends.

Clearly, government officials and corporate wind energy shills are very happy with the effects of this Big Wind scam, which has shattered many lives in so many circumstances—mine among them.

Yet they cover their asses, with no remorse.

I cannot go to the Falmouth (MA) Board of Health meetings, or any more meetings.  It’s completely futile and draining all the good that’s left from this poor, wrecked life of mine.

The “hate” this has instilled into my soul is going to take a long time to exorcise.  It no longer matters if they leave the turbines on of shut them off.  This life is broken.

How many more do they get to break before the big lawsuits begin?

Somehow (thank God!) it reached a woman named Karen Bessey Pease, in Maine . . .

Hi Sue,

You don’t know me (probably most of you here don’t) but I’m a fellow wind warrior from up in Maine.  There are a couple of Maine acoustics experts who happen to be friends of mine, so I know quite a bit about your ‘story’.

Please, sweetheart—don’t give up hope.  I’ve watched as many have reached ‘burn out’ and a break from the fight is critical.  That’s why soldiers have ‘leave’.  No one can battle non-stop.  We all need respite and down-time in which to rejuvenate.

But know this—there are legions gearing up all around the world who are in your corner.  People who feel just like you feel, and who’ve decided they aren’t going to take it anymore.

They aren’t willing to be guinea pigs, or collateral damage. They will not allow themselves to be taken advantage of. They won’t sacrifice their health or quality of life or their ethics for something which is based on lies and supported by a few in power who falsely believe that the ignorant masses will continue to be malleable and docile.

Please take a break from this and pay attention to YOU and to what gives you happiness and peace.  But then . . . please come back.  Come back with more ‘pissed off’ than ‘dejected’.  The ‘pissed off’ will win the day.  I truly believe that.

Every autumn, on warm days, hornets alight on the southern exterior face of my old homestead.  Just like the Japanese beetles do . . . but those ‘ladybugs’ are seen as benign.  The hornets, on the other hand, inspire fear.  They seem powerful. Lethal.

One September afternoon, when my daughter Josie-Earl was in first grade, she got off the school bus and ran towards the front door.  Before she reached her destination I heard her let out a wail, and she darted off the porch and ran back to the cherry tree, which stood in the middle of the front lawn.

I opened the door to see what the matter was.  Tired from a long day at school, and crying, she told me she didn’t dare come inside because of all the hornets buzzing around.  There were a lot, for sure.  But they were (mostly) benign . . . and she couldn’t stay outside until dark, when the hornets returned to their homes.  So . . .

I went outside and sat under the tree with her.  I told Josie that I’d been afraid of a lot of things in my life.  But I’d also learned that bullies—bullies such as abusive ex-husbands and hornets—fed off fear.  And the only thing that takes away a bully’s power is to NOT be afraid—or at least, to not show your fear.  To NOT let them ‘control the scene’.  To stand up to them! Show them they won’t—canNOT—win.  And I told Josie that God or Mother Nature or whoever was in charge of such things, gave us adrenalin for a reason.  I told her that a blood-curdling scream worked wonders at pumping us full of piss-and-vinegar and that I bet that—if she screamed at the top of her lungs—she’d find the courage to run right through that bunch of mean old hornets and straight through the kitchen door (where a yummy after-school snack awaited).

Like a couple of idiots (there’s a reason we live in the middle of the woods) we inhaled a lungful of moxie and exhaled a couple of bellows designed to make the maddest of hornets quiver in fear.  Holding her hand, we ran—screaming—up onto the porch and into the kitchen.

Before we reached our destination, Josie was giggling.  She not only felt infused with courage and satisfaction at conquering her fear . . . she felt quite foolish.  Which is okay.  We have to be able to laugh at ourselves, so it doesn’t hurt so much when others laugh at us.

I guess my point is—there is power in fear.  Fear grows anger, and anger grows courage.  No one can charge into battle without courage, but it is rooted in being afraid and in being mad.  When there are injustices—we are empowered.  And those with the most power are those who win wars.

Please take a well-deserved break, but don’t feel defeated.  There are bucket-loads of us here who have your back.  We’re here for you and won’t quit until we’ve brought empathy and common sense back into the picture.

Take care, Sue.  And thank you for having the courage to speak out.


Kaz Pease

Our frigate takes fire,
The other asks if we demand quarter?
If our colors are struck and the fighting done?

Now I laugh content, for I hear the voice of my little captain,
We have not struck, he composedly cries, we have just begun our part of the fighting.

Only three guns are in use,
One is directed by the captain himself against the enemy’s mainmast,
Two well serv’d with grape and canister silence his musketry and clear his decks.

—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  1. Comment by Mark Cool on 01/23/2012 at 2:32 pm

    I’m an FAA Air Traffic Controller. I have been for 31 years. April of 2010, I “became annoyed” (if that’s the term Expert panel members and Falmouth Consensus facilitators prefer I use). I reported my “annoyance” to my Flight surgeon at my mandatory annual flight physical December 2010, and again December 2011.

    It is necessary to mention that I’ve reported this “annoyance,” only as a result experienced since the operation of Falmouth’s Wind 1 turbine, to provide a thorough trend of medical history as how it may relate to my job performance.

    The (sleep disturbance) “annoyance” issue has a significant bearing on “how I do my job.” Sleep disruption “annoyance” and the “annoyance” of the ability to return to sleep is obviously not a trivial matter for air traffic controllers (or any other public safety critical position for that matter). I’ve found the “annoyance” of deprivation of a good night’s sleep results in daytime fatigue and sleepiness, poor concentration and memory function. A strikingly similar score of characteristics that the National Safety Transportation Board and the Federal Aviation Administration says contributes to aviation accidents (or should I use the term “annoyance” in lieu of accidents here too?).

    Simply put, from my perspective, my “annoyances” (health effects) might not really be health effects. I sincerely believe they are, and I will not be dismissed by the Governor, the expert panel or others that have not attended to ‘on site evaluation.’

    You can bet your arse, the pilots and passengers involved in accidents (oops—annoyances) because of sleep deprived controllers, would take strong issue with the conclusions drawn by this group of “quacks!”

  2. Comment by Marsh Rosenthal on 01/23/2012 at 2:42 pm

    Terrific, Kaz!

    Sue, you are a very real part of the call to arms. This is a war, make no mistake. Our warriors are of both genders, from many lands, and of every age. It is a veritable people’s war against an impersonal combine that will use any lie and exploit any weakness to have its way. It will undermine the law and the democratic process, as it has done in my benighted town of Savoy, MA. It dangles the salesman’s carrot of “pie in the sky” money and “green” bullshit in front of the gullible. It uses divide and conquer tactics to throw its victims under the bus.

    There is a big difference between the oligarchs and us. Our hearts are connected to our brains and our guts. We are people who feel for each other. When one of us is made to suffer, we all are outraged. We have no choice but to fight!

    Sue, as you know me, know that I will not let up.

  3. Comment by Preston McClanahan on 01/23/2012 at 4:31 pm

    What is to be done?

    Class action suits? There are enough of us to hire a reputable attorney. Who can represent us?

    Vote out the administrative people not doing their job? The Massachusetts DEP and Health Department risks public health in their pro-wind stance. Vote for those who will protect & preserve the public health, welfare & safety.

    Publicize the truth?

    The wind industry gets away with their sales pitch because most non-affected people have not been informed. We need an informed electorate.

    What else?

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