CRUDE AWAKENINGS: 12. Green windmills – the dark side of a new industry

I’m still reeling from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in Louisiana.  Don’t be surprised if they don’t have to drill another well to stop the flow of oil.  Don’t forget, this was the deepest and riskiest well ever drilled.

Let’s take a break and journey to Bombay:  This is an important story from the Christian Science Monitor:

Yashwant Malche had worked the same piece of land on his parched plateau one day’s drive from Mumbai. As a tribesman, he and his ancestors had been relegated to desolate land like this left out of India’s modernization. In 2007 strangers came offering $4,000.00 and marking off his land. They said they’d build windmills, part of a power project built and sold-in part-to create profits from carbon offsets. When Mr. Malche refused to sell his land and refused to take the money, the people said that the windmill “will stand there no matter what.” This Dhule wind project brought the erection of about 550 windmills on land used by 2,000 tribesman. The tussle over the land resulted in a confrontation between stone-throwing tribesman and truncheon-wielding police, bringing tear gas and arrests. Some 12,ooo trees were cut to erect the turbines.

This project is an example of the dark side of a new industry that harvests profits from green energy and carbon offsets through projects in developing countries.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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