Not to make Blight of it: Tourism Revisited

Donald Trump, who has a genius for stating the obvious, pronounced “Wind turbines are ugly, noisy and dangerous. Bad for tourism” as he warned Scotland not to blight their landscapes

It tends to irk his enemies that he is so often right, so when he claimed ” I am a world class expert in tourism.” he was mocked rather than respected, yet in this too he is correct.  

In the comments section, among ad hominem attacks and churlish remarks, there was this: 

Wow, I hate to agree with him but I think he’s right. 100%.
I grew up in rural Missouri, and although there were tons of reasons to hate it, it WAS beautiful. Now those fucking turbines are everywhere, looking like alien invaders, and emitting a menacing hum.
I truly loathe them, and every time I go home I have fantasies of blowing them up. It’s true enough that rural America struggles for all sorts of reasons, but I think those damn turbines strip away the feeling that you can “get away from it all” anywhere.
I hate them. I hate them. I hate them.

And there are a lot, a lot, a lot, of people just like this individual, with more every day that the blight spreads into places which should have remained inviolate for their restorative qualities. The whole Parks system is tacit acknowledgement of the importance of such landscapes to our well-being.

Even places which had official designation as areas of significant natural heritage or scientific interest have been encroached upon, wilderness allure sullied, tranquility shattered and it has been going on for a long time despite negative response to this “green” energy development in nations which were early victims of the wind scam.

Professor Hans-Joachim Mengel, Germany’s leading protester against windfarms, urged the British:

“Don’t go down the same route as Germany or you could bitterly regret the devastating effects on the English countryside and its communities.”

In September 1998, more than 100 German academics and writers signed the Darmstadt Manifesto against the cultural, environmental and economic folly of wind development. Yet this is the model Ontario chose to follow… after designing a renewable energy approvals process which carefully excluded tourism and economic concerns from the appeals process.

Even though medical studies have recognized the economic determinants of health and there are dire financial consequences for an area which destroys its tourism assets, the Environmental Review Tribunal refused to connect the dots even on appeal in an area such as Algoma where tourism is the second largest employer. In 2011 tourism in Northern Ontario generated $1.414 billion in revenues of which tourism in Algoma accounted for $204 million, or 15% of the total. In 2011 tourism in Algoma directly employed 2,870 residents and contributed $113.5 million in wages and salaries to the region.

While wind itself is unreliable the wind industry is consistent in its attempts and tactics to quash the negative tourism response.  While LSARC plumbed the depths of wind iniquity on this issue and wrote a rebuttal of the wind commissioned tourism report for Algoma in year 2013, here we are in 2016 and they are still making exculpatory claims. 

Like Donald Trump who has fought plans for an offshore wind farm close to his golf resort in Aberdeenshire, our conservation allies in the UK, the John Muir Trust (JMT), are still battling the invasion of giant turbines across Scotland’s iconic landscapes.  Edinburgh-based Biggar Economics concludes no adverse effect while JMT had understandable doubts. 

“We have seen Biggar Economics’s reports and its evidence at inquiries on the issue of whether tourism might be affected by wind farms,” said Helen McDade, from the JMT. “We had significant doubts about the way in which this report and its conclusions were done so we commissioned independent analysis.”

We are with them, and the Donald, on this having had our own experiences with tourists’ reactions to the industrial wind turbine blight in scenic and wilderness areas, witness guest post by Gord Benner

The more familiar normal people are with the greed energy folly, the more they hate wind turbines anywhere. But hell hath no fury like the environmentalist viewing the hypocrisy of it all.  The outrage is evident in this post Blight for Naught: Wind Turbines and the Rationalized Desecration of Scenery


About lsarc

LSarc is grassroots protection of Lake Superior through citizen science and volunteerism.  If you are interested in preserving intact ecosystems and restoring biological integrity of the Lake Superior watershed using the scientific method to test hypotheses and research, then you are LSarc LSarc is proud to be a member of the John Muir Trust and the 60th member organization of Wind Concerns Ontario
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1 Response to Not to make Blight of it: Tourism Revisited

  1. “But hell hath no fury like the environmentalist viewing the hypocrisy of it all.”

    As the author of that (updated) post, I mostly agree, but fossil fuels are still being depleted every second. There is no simple A vs. B choice in the energy debate. The fossil fuel economy pretends an ancient energy savings account is “growth” and can’t be fully depleted. Peak Oil has only been delayed temporarily by fracking and other factors.

    Trump gives the anti-wind-power cause a bad name by aligning it with people who think CO2 respects their ideology and ignores the laws of thermodynamics. He shouldn’t be taken seriously as an expert on anything but graft.

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