I’m in a bit of an editorial quandary. Last year I ran a pro-wind piece extolling the virtues of sustainable wind power. I don’t claim any special expertise on the subject other than being surrounded by a sea of these devices here in the Umwelt-sensitive district of Munsterland. That said, I am in extremely close proximity to these devices. They’re everywhere. My enthusiasm for the technology caught the attention of some anti-windfarm group because there’s been an attempt to inject some anti-wind propaganda into the comment thread on that piece.
I’ve never blocked or banned a comment on this blog that wasn’t outright spam. I even let the haters and the trolls take their shots. I am willing to risk the potential of PTSD because, as a Vietnam-era service member, I know that shell shock is a risk of battle. It’s been that way for men as long as there have been men. But I digress. This is not about my particular sensitivity to criticism or inability to take as good an ad hominem homo-baiting as the best of the Tea Party ‘tards has to offer. It’s about whether I give exposure to what I consider is a coordinated attempt at consumer misinformation and propaganda.
Part of me wants to expose the anti-wind shill/idiot(s) involved. Another part of me is reluctant to give them any publicity at all. It’s an editorial conundrum I’ve not encountered in the past. I’ve reviewed the material and visited the websites of the links that were attempted to be placed in my comment section and find them to be total rubbish and some of the more transparent anti-wind FUD propaganda I’ve ever seen.
About the only crazy claim not being made by these lunatics is that the windmills are somehow dragging down the rotational speed of the the Earth.
Just to give you one example of something we’re all suppose to be deathly afraid of? The possibility of an out-of-control fire in one of these generators!! As if a relatively small fire once in a blue moon, on a tower a high up in the middle of a field somewhere is suppose to be more scary than global warming or nuclear accident? Give me a break. It’s insulting.
Even though it would be fun to deconstruct the rather transparent attempts at misdirecting the public discussion on renewable wind power generation, I am going to set it aside for now unless prodded to do otherwise by an overwhelming request from the masses.