Profit driven environmental projects

In our valleys there is a discussion going on about a series of windmills that will be placed in the middle of the uncontaminated nature as a contribute to ‘green’ and alternative energy production. It would have been a nice project if the starting point was a different one. There is a resistance movement that is mainly aiming at the visual impact of these huge windmills in the landscape. Nobody is actually looking and investigating the real motivation behind the construction of these mills.

This morning I left a comment on a post that mentioned an article in the local newspaper stating the words of a local politician about the mayor of his town not willing to see the whole project is doomed to become a huge farce and listed a series of reasons. I missed the main reason that is the drive behind projects like this one: Money, or better, Profit.

There is a comparable situation in Sicily where a series of windmills have been places in a nice looking valley. The mills are ready to work and all set, there is one problem… there is no wind! The people responsible for the project knew this and there is now an investigation going on to find out if the data used for the wind average has been manipulated. At the end a couple of persons will get exposed, but the building companies, the engineering company and the high level politicians are still smiling with their pocket filled with money.

In my comment I explained that classical opposition to this kind of plans is exactly what is desired for this kind of projects. It is distracting people from the real thing. I suggested we should start to ask the question: “Who is going to make profit from it?” in order to make people aware of how things are working in our society. I just had a look at the discussion thread to find out people started discussing and mainly started pointing to others that either were the cause of the problem or should have been working on the solution.

I wrote a second comment pointing out that since we are all responsible for all our actions in every moment there is no point in pointing your finger towards others and concluding with the fact we have to radically change the way we live starting with changing our monetary system. There is no escaping at the end, we need to change, we need to BE the change.