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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Reindeer shut down windmills

The Norwegian courts aren't playing reindeer games. They shut down one of the largest windmill operations in Europe, which may result in the dismantling of 151 windmills.

This is an intriguing battle between the Sky-Is-Falling-Build-Windmills left and the Worship-Indigenous-People left.

Agence France-Presse reported, "Norway's top court has ruled that two wind farms in the country's west have violated the rights of Sámi reindeer herders.

"Wind turbines on Norway's Fosen peninsula have illegally encroached on the herders grazing land, the court ruled.

"Judges at the Norwegian Supreme Court declared that the license for wind power development at Fosen was, therefore invalid."

The Sámi are what we called Lapps when I was a kid. They live in the harsh interiors of Scandinavian countries raising reindeer. they are a different people with their own language and customs than the Scandinavians. 

This windmill battle has been ongoing.

Al Jazeera ran a column On August 1, 2020, "‘Green’ colonialism is ruining Indigenous lives in Norway. Norway continues to allow the construction of wind farms on Sámi land, which threatens their herding livelihoods."

The column said, "On paper, the Norwegian reindeer herding act should provide legal protection against the blocking of reindeer migration routes, like in the case of this new wind plant project, but the Norwegian authorities allowed the construction to move ahead.

"On June 31, the reindeer Sámi herders from Jillen Njaarke announced they were going to court to stop the wind plant. They are determined to protect their lands from yet another encroachment by the Norwegian authorities. The community is genuinely afraid for its future."

How typical of the lefties. They impose rules -- the Norwegian reindeer herding act -- only to ignore the law when it is inconvenient for them. Mask and vax mandates are only the latest in the series of millenniums of elitists ignoring their own laws.

I don't know why they don't just leave the Sámi people alone. They aren't bothering anyone. 

Al Jazeera said, "Some 98% of Norway’s electricity production today comes from renewable energy sources. But in most public debates or political decisions, the detrimental impact that this has had on Sami livelihoods is readily overlooked. The Oyfjellet wind plant is not the first encroachment Jillen Njaarke have faced. Various hydropower plants in their land have reduced pastures and have exposed their herds to a higher risk when crossing unstable ice on water dams."

94% of Norway's electricity comes from hydro plants. Lefties count this as renewable energy but unlike wind and solar, hydro is reliable. Of course, dams also carry an ecological price, often paid by others.

Green colonialism is a cute phrase but it is inaccurate. The Scandinavians are not colonizing. They are not sending settlers. Instead, they are building giant 50-story tall windmills, which will last 20 years and have to be dismantled and replaced. The attitude is to hell with the reindeer. They rationalize this by saying they are saving the planet.

The lawyer for the Sámi, Andreas Brønner, told AFP, "Their construction has been declared illegal and it would be illegal to continue to operate them."

Not only should the windmills be dismantled but someone should be jailed for ignoring the law and licensing them.

32 comments:

  1. Asked about this, Greta replied "blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah."

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    1. And I have some Sámi blood running through my veins.

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  3. Ah, the left. Always picking and choosing winners and losers when it's convenient for their goals. Didn't Norway prosper because of oil. What's wrong with the oil? Isn't it politically correct anymore? I am with the Sami or the Laplanders as we called them as kids.

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    1. Truth at any date is still truth.

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    2. The followers of the mad pedophile use a different calendar. Ever notice how ram-a-dong is celebrated at different times every year?
      The Jewish calendar is linked to the lunar cycle. Ours is tied to Earth's revolving around the sun.
      Near as I can tell, the muslim one corresponds to the breeding patterns of goats and camels.

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    3. Much as I abhor the sanctimonious righteousness of Islam, I cannot allow your incorrect claim about their calendar to go unchallenged. Their calendar, like that of the Jews, is also based on the lunar cycle. So if it's acceptable to your mind for the Jews to have a lunar based calendar why the mockery of Islam's similar one.

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  5. “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.”

    ― Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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  6. Oh to have them dismantled in the USA. I can dream.

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    1. Just require them to be constructed of 100% recyclable materials.

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  7. I will predict that somewhere down the road the Windmill gang will prevail.
    Looking at the two sides Windmill vs Reindeer, both sides are liberal or leftist oriented. I'd guess that's a draw on that point.
    However, when looking at the money generated and changing hands, the Windmill gang wins big-time. That gives their side an advantage when bribes and graft come into play. Thus a win for Windmills. I can't guarantee this outcome in Norway but if it were here in the USA, I'd be putting up some bucks, and I'm not talking the Reindeer kind.

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    1. If you follow the link to the article (which, yes, does say "June 31" at some point), the second author has a weird tagline:

      "Florian Carl is an activist supporting decolonisation and climate justice."

      So the argument is being made from a hard-green-left position - that building windmills there is "colonialism" (I guess), and building them there infringes on "climate justice" (I guess.)

      This isn't a new thing. Around the US (and Canada), the greenies are mostly neurotic city slickers, who want the windmills but NIMBY. So they get stuck in the poor parts of various states, where even the justice left pitches fits about them.

      I'm rooting for injuries...

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    2. The windmill communists won here in the US. Not one environmental organization was against the murder of tens of thousands of birds. Not the Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, Earth First. Wonder how much $ those organizations are getting from the windmill farms?

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  8. Anyone else remember when the greenies tried to use caribou migration as an excuse to block the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline? Reindeer and energy sure seem somehow intertwined...

    Anyway... just to be picky... the Sami range across the northern and interior parts of the Nordic countries, and the language appears to be a relative of Finnish and Estonian (which are not Indo-European languages); there are also Sami people over in the Kola peninsula area of Russia.

    The "Nordic countries" are Norway, Sweden, and Finland - while the "Scandinavian countries" are Norway, Sweden, and Denmark - no Sami in Denmark. The Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish) are in a group and are similar (Norwegian and Swedish are right on the borderline between "languages" and "dialects," while Danish is distinct). The Scandinavian languages are part of the Indo-European group (and are inflected), while Finnish and Estonian are from a completely different language group (Ugric/Samoved) and are agglutinative.

    Been to all of them many times. Funny thing about being in Finland is that Swedish is also an official language, so you can figure out signs by reading the Swedish!

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    1. Finland was part of Sweden until 1810 (IIRC-ish) and then part of Russia until the collapse of the Russian Empire.

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    2. Reply to Snowgander. In 1969 I worked for one of the oil companies involved in the trans-alaska line. The original cost estimate was about 900 million; final cost was over triple that because of the nut cases.

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  9. Oh I hear your excuse why your taking down its code speech these windmills were abandoned during the 1500's for a reason they're not working as advertised and we need coal oil and natural gas to power our heating bills

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  10. The imaginary, self-created "reality" of the left is tough to follow. But that's what happens when nothing you do or believe is based in the real world.

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  11. And weather shut down the flights in and out of Florida last weekend. Yes, I believe in Santa Claus too. Lets go Brandon!

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  12. Windmills are a Left wing scam.

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  13. Reportedly, a windfarm industrial complex has been at least temporarily shutdown in LA, near the Texas border. A lawsuit was reportedly filed over the number of birds being killed. Bird sanctuaries may be nearby.
    It has been known for years that windmills (unreliable for energy capacity or reserve as demonstrated by the Texas wintergeddon earlier this year) kill hundreds of eagles every year - a specie that is protected by federal law.
    Always follow the money, not the "sales pitch" or political power plays using hysterical junk-filled, non science climate-idiocy.

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  15. I am 1/1024 Sámi and my people thank the courts.

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  16. This is wonderful - two left wing groups eating their own!! Enjoy!

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  17. Snow in MT, heading East! Which is about as normal as Hidin Xiden misremembering which state he’s in. Grandma Ella (Hansen) is looking down on her homeland, and chuckling. WWLWD? (What Would Lawrence Welk Do?)

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    1. Get Myron Florenz to play a nice tune on the accordian.

      "Thank-a you boys, that was-a swell."

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    2. My sister said the the "Bozeman Hill" was terrible. People were stuck for hours. Unfortunately, this is totally normal.

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