The Sierra Club: How Support for Industrial Wind Technology Betrays Its Mission

The Sierra Club: How Support for Industrial Wind Technology Subverts Its History, Betrays Its Mission, and Erodes Commitment to the Scientific Method

by Jon Boone       Part I      Part II     Part III

As part of our endwindwelfare campaign, we will be taking a close look at the policies and what is behind the blind push for industrial wind development despite high bird and bat mortality, destruction to wildlife habitat and previously protected areas.

10 thoughts on “The Sierra Club: How Support for Industrial Wind Technology Betrays Its Mission

  1. To “manage the negative environmental impacts of wind,” the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, the American Bird Conservancy, Greenpeace, and the Audubon Society all recommend guidelines that, if followed, provide wind projects with their environmental seal of approval. Even on public lands.
    These organizations stand for nothing if they can sell their message for any given price. Why do they even exist? How many bird kills do they consider “acceptable”?

  2. Apparently the Sierra Club’s latest campaign to deluge the councillors of Wainfleet with the Gospel According to Windbag was a colossal failure.

    Wainfleet voted for a moratorium on IWT’s tonight. One Councillor was quoted as saying “Our Wainfleet does not include Wind Turbines!”

  3. Congratulations Wainfleet!

    John Stossel has more on the green jobs fallacy:

    “In a new article, “The Myth of Green Energy Jobs: The European Experience,” the environmental scientist and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute writes, “Green programs in Spain destroyed 2.2 jobs for every green job created, while the capital needed for one green job in Italy could create almost five jobs in the general economy.”

  4. OSEA Community Conference,Nov.14,2010,Harbourfront Centre,Toronto,ON

    Part of the program:
    Shawn-Patrick Stencil,Nuclear analyst,GREENPEACE and co-author of “Renewable is Doable”. Previously worked at the Sierra Club as Director of Atmosphere & Energy.

  5. Recent (2011/02/28) correspondence from John Bennett produced these nuggets:

    “The noise issues related to wind turbines have been investigated at length and the science does not show a public health risk. They may be annoying or unsightly but the position that this is a major health problem requiring a halt to construction is just not proven. Large turbines have been operating in Europe in close proximity to residential properties for more than a decade and while we have seen some complaints they have not resulted in large numbers of people becoming ill.”


    “It may turn out that some people are more sensitive to noise or vibration than others just as some people are sensitive to fragrances or peanut butter but we haven’t banned these substances because of it.

    Even in Ontario there have been very few people report health problems and none have proved they are caused by the turbines.”

    Barf #2

    “We have worked with local people across Canada helping them preserve their communities and protect their health. We are proud of our record.

    People’s honest concerns are being manipulated by the Conservatives and the Power Workers who want to go back to a centralized power system that has already failed us. A system we have already documented kills thousands every year and is outrageously expensive and prone to break down.”

    I don’t know why people tell me this stuff!

    He must be a refugee from “Pigeon King.”

  6. Yup, and he still gets paid a big bucket of cash for being in a dream world. That’s the sick part of it.

  7. In our state in the U.S. Sierra club supports a bill that allows end use wind turbines anywhere with 1.1 from the property line, with no height restrictions basically no approval process needed. It’s just plain crazy. They don’t seem to understand, or research or believe the literature about people being victimized.

    I was a card carrying member of Sierra Club at one time, but I can’t contend with the fact that they think it’s wrong to strip mine the tops of mountains, but the almost same thing can be done to put up some useless wind turbines and it’s ok because, of course… it’s green.

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