Great piece of investigative journalism on who’s behind the opposition to wind power from Mike Seccombe in the Global Mail.
“… what we have on the side of climate-change denial and wind-farm abolitionists is a small number of contrarian scientists, some think tanks with strong links to the carbon economy, conservative politicians eager to exploit the issue of climate change for partisan advantage and a NIMBY constituency. We have fake environment groups. We have international slush funds. We have lots of media releases and op-ed pieces, particularly in the Murdoch press.
What’s missing of course is real people, genuine public involvement. Grass roots.
It’s one thing to make noise in the echo chamber of climate-change denialists
and alternative energy opponents; it’s another to mobilise public opinion. If you really want to get a campaign going, you have to get people emotionally involved.
And the way the anti-wind lobby has set about doing that is by drumming up concern about the effect of wind farms on human health.”