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Anti-wind turbine people have hidden motives

Wind turbine

Wind turbine (identity crisis?)

Ever since Donald Trump soiled the good name of Scotland with his nasty tactics as he abused and rode roughshod over the locals to build his golf course and development on the Menie Estate -see Don’t miss this video of a mad bad man – Donald Trump and follow-up stories in the general media – I’ve noticed that any stories in the media about wind turbines and wind farms tend to be followed (if comments are allowed by the web site) almost immediately by anti-wind farm comments.

This has happened so often (to my eyes at least), and often comes with the same dismissive and derogatory language about the whole concept of wind power that it almost seems to come from a standard script. One can almost imagine people paid to watch for such news items, and as soon as they appear, instructed to select any three to five paragraphs from their master list, and incorporate them into a comment that rubbishes wind power. Since he may not be short of the money to pay for this, I tend to think Donald Trump has his staff doing this, and the reason I think this is likely is because he is too stupid to realise that he make himself look like an ignorant fool every time he open his mouth and continually refers to wind turbines as ‘windmills‘.

Wind turbines produce electricity, windmills mill grain to produce flour.

Notably, many of the apparently scripted anti-wind turbine posts/comments refer not to wind turbines, but to windmills.

An interesting coincidence?

Windmill hill

Windmill on a hill

Conflict of Interest

And now we an indication that more anti-turbine campaigning is being promoted by someone with links to the oil industry.

Before carrying on to the rest of the story, I would suggest this is not linked to the industry, but to personal interest of the person concerned.

The Deeside Piper reports:

The chairwoman of local group, Stop Turbines in Cushnie (STIC), runs a business in London which works closely with multi-national oil firms.

Caroline Mary Gerrie, who has written press releases for (STIC), is a director and co-owner of Tagus, whose client list includes BP Oil Europe, Shell UK, Shell International, Enterprise Oil and Mobil.

A source said: “I find it very interesting that Ms Gerrie is campaigning against a government-backed subsidy for alternate energy while she makes her money from companies who have a vested interest in minimising the amount of alternate fuel sources out there.”

The Tagus ‘Our People’ profile on Ms Gerrie also states: “She spent many years (more years ago than she cares to remember!) as an internal consultant in the oil and gas industry.”

Part of Ms Gerrie’s Tagus profile states: “She lives in London with her partner, Dominic, and their three cats.”

This conflicts with a statement in a press release, which said: “I moved back to Scotland, the land of my birth, just over a year ago, after being away for more than 20 years.”

Letters of objection also show that other members of Ms Gerrie’s London firm have opposed the planning application via the Aberdeenshire Council website.

The article goes on to quote a senior representative for an oil and gas company who stated that they did not think someone who has significant work with the industry to also be taking an anti-renewable stance actively and in public.

When asked if she believed working for oil companies while campaigning against a renewable energy source was a conflict of interest, Ms Gerrie said: “Renewable energy is justifiable only when the sole benefit can be measured against the many impacts.

‘‘Since the developer refuses to give correct information regarding either, all I can say is that for the last few years I have not been campaigning against a renewable energy source, I have been campaigning against what I believe to be a litany of lies.’’

“As for Tagus, without going into too much detail, the work we do for oil companies helps to prevent serious injury and save lives!

“I think there are too many factors involved in both renewable energy and the oil and gas industry for me to give a simple yes or no answer regarding such an important subject.”

Via Anti-turbine activist’s oil links revealed – Local Headlines – Deeside Piper and Herald

Words such as ‘credibility’, ‘business ethics’ and ‘truth’ come to mind. Well, they come to mine, but I doubt if they come to any chairwomen in the immediate vicinity.

She talks gibberish too…

After thinking about it, I have no idea what she meant by “Renewable energy is justifiable only when the sole benefit can be measured against the many impacts.”

Ah…

It’s ok, my brain is fine. I just checked what Tagus does – they’re consultants, and use the the word ‘methodology’. That explains the gibberish.

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September 5, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Hi there, I’m the reporter who got this story. About half an hour after this first went online, I was reported to the PCC by Caroline Gerrie. I won. Also, the story isn’t quite finished yet. There’s a few more highly interesting facts I chose not to reveal (owing to my allegiance to the Editors Code of Conduct)

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    Comment by Andy | June 26, 2014

  2. Glad to hear you prevailed with the PCC – although I doubt Caroline Gerrie could have formed a complaint in language that actually meant anything.

    I don’t kow if you can comment or expand, but I take it the complaint was really not a complaint, but her desire to silence (or censor) a voice saying something that did not suit her.

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    Comment by Apollo | June 26, 2014


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