Nature first, sustainable energy will have to come second

Imagine 150-meter high wind turbines in this area where puffins from Runde gather food.
Frontpage photo: Arild Hareide / Rundø Miljøsenter

Watch the NRK documentary: The Battle against the wind power turbines

NORWAY: Capitalism is riding the winds of change. It divides the environmentalists’ quest for a sustainable future. Quite a few climate organizations seem to argue and publicly defend that aesthetics and nature will have to do with wind turbines scattered around as long as our CO2 footprint is lowered.

– Does not nature have its own value?

They fail to see the full picture of the Sustainable Development Goals as stated by the United Nations. Not acknowledging that nature and the many species of the world have to be protected at the very same time as we phase out fossil energy for sustainable energy and they do not seem to bother to make (not their cause/not their fight) a society where wealth is more equally distributed.

– Do they not watch the news from riots all over the world demanding justice for the poor?

Municipalities and landowners are tempted by promised jobs, taxes and money, while ornithologists, fishermen and local people enjoying the outdoors, the quietness of nature and the magnificent views of untouched nature are picking a fight.

– Is it not true that tourists say they come for the unspoiled nature?

Runde the Puffin Island

Runde is a small island in Herøy in the south-west of Møre og Romsdal county. The island with only 90 inhabitants has the southernmost seabird colonies in Norway and the most species-rich seabird sanctuary in Scandinavia with large populations of Atlantic puffin, Black-legged kittiwake, Common Shag, Northern Gannet, and Northern fulmar. The island is also known for the gold and silver treasure that was found at Kvalneset in 1972. The treasure was the cargo of the ship Akerendam from the Netherland, shipwrecked during its maiden voyage outside Runde in 1725. Coins and other artifacts from the ship can be seen in the exhibition at the Runde Environmental Centre. In 2013, four bird protection areas and one nature reserve on Runde was named a “Ramsar Wetland of International Importance”. This means that Norway has committed to maintain the ecological character of the area and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetland area.

Havsul 1

The 350MW bottom-fixed Havsul 1 offshore wind project, being developed by Canada’s Enbridge, would be built to provide additional power to the Nyhamna onshore gas processing plant in southwestern Norway. The wind farm, which would consist of about 40 ultra-large turbines mated to concrete gravity-base foundations in some 30 meters of water, would support output from a refinery that has struggled for years with an unreliable single-line grid link. Power from Havsul 1 will also enhance the energy security of the local grid. “This project will provide strong social, environmental and [regional] economic benefits as well as supporting Norway’s transition to a low carbon economy,” says Veenu Narula, vice-president of Enbridge’s power business operations.

On the Internet, more than 50 Facebook groups with 150.000 members are so far established to stop already approved wind turbines and new plans in the making.

Skyggekast – moving shadow from wind turbines

“Skyggekast”: Shadow from a wind turbine in Nodland in Heie, Egersund, Rogaland, Norway. Filmed by Lisa Svalestad. Deer among other animals are known to dislike “skyggekast” the shadow cast from wind turbines.

How would you like to do your family Sunday hike in such environments?

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Recommended further reading from Harvest Magazine on the wind magnates and the wind industries destructible appetite for Nature
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