The first 13 years of my life I lived right next to a traffic light with a turning lane. Behind there was a four-lane road, behind a main railway line. When we were on vacation, I often couldn't sleep the first few nights because it was so peaceful.
Today I live well 500 meters from a six-lane highway and 180 meters from a main road. 12% of all flights to and from Hamburg Airport start or end in our district and the airport is just over ten kilometers away. In front of our house, the average sound level is sometimes 45, sometimes 55 decibels, sometimes higher. Ask me for an imperceptible "infrasound".
Cities are not just closed
I'm not complaining. I'm no different than over 30 percent of Germans living in big cities. In a city – or near a highway – it never stops, except in well-insulated interiors. Of course, there are residents' protests against aircraft noise or greater noise protection on motorways, but that's why traffic and cities are simply not closed.
The same applies to aesthetic questions: no one asks me if I like the new shopping center nearby, or the sprawling developments of homes with moldy composite thermal insulation facades. As a city dweller you have to live with aesthetic and acoustic impositions.
Climate change does not stop at the signs of the city
Elsewhere, different rules apply. For example, a single rotating gyroscope can "ruin families" and destroy their "result of life" because, positioned at 90-degree angles at a distance of 400 meters, it could disturb the view. The mentioned website presents a "Map of resistance" with over a thousand initiatives and leagues against the wind. On the map of all Germany is covered by small red prohibition signs. Here is how "nimbyism" appears in this country: "Not in my backyard" as a basic attitude.
We have a society of two classes: some must live with the impositions of the modern world, others take advantage of their advantages, but they would like to be free from harassment. And literally at the national level.
At this point a suggestion for all fans of the rural idyll: the devastating consequences of the climate crisis will not be limited to urban areas. They will destroy more species than all the wind turbines in the world together.
Tens of thousands of jobs have already gone
The organized friends of rural life without aesthetic problems are Germany's yellow jackets. Instead of demonstrations, they are based on regulations, approval procedures, legal actions. The expansion of wind energy in this country has almost completely stopped:
And don't come with "competitiveness" now. Hard German coal was no longer competitive in the 50s. We have funded for hundreds of billions, for sixty years.
Let's save a broken industry future
In comparison, depending on the source, around 8,000 people still work in lignite mining in Lusatia. The phasing out of lignite extraction should be subsidized with at least 40 billion euros. And the lignite so far "free of subsidies" is a myth.
The enemies of wind energy are numerous. He sues and blocks: individuals, associations, citizen groups, nature conservation organizations. The AfD is considered a "parliamentary arm of the anti-wind movement".
On Facebook, the image of an apparently dead bird of prey is shared in sacred rage in front of a wind turbine. He says: "Every year the windmills destroy 12,000 buzzards, 1,500 red kites and 240,000 bats." However, these figures have not yet been confirmed by studies and are even valued as appreciated by bird protection organizations, such as bird watchers and the Federal Environment Agency.
There are, however, reliable numbers for another instrument to kill birds: did you know that, according to estimates, 18 to 115 million birds a year die through glass windows? In light of this truly shocking number of nationally sound city initiatives for the bird protection film, have you heard about all German windows, with an intensity similar to that of wind turbine protests? No? Me neither.
A fraction blocks three square kilometers
Air traffic control and the German armed forces appear to have an even greater share in the construction sector. By itself the air traffic control blocked according to the NDR at the moment at least 1100 have already requested wind turbines. Among other things, this has to do with the fact that it requires a distance of 15 kilometers for certain radio beacons – while international regulations only provide for 10 kilometers.
Politically particularly powerful, however, are the numerous yellow wind turbines. In the future, a fraction with five houses will be enough to make a circle with a radius of a thousand meters and thus an area of more than three square kilometers to the area free from wind turbines. There is not much left of Germany. Tomorrow, Monday, the federal cabinet will decide.
Germany is still ready to sacrifice entire areas and villages for the extraction of brown coal. German governments pamper the automotive industry with tax-free toll-free highways and protect them from any threshold.
But an industry with which the German engineering nation would soon have a worldwide success in exports in its program is systematically destroyed. This starts with the jamming of the authorization and ends with the funding rules that will ensure that the masses of wind turbines still in operation will soon be demolished.
We turn off the baby from the incubator and pump the infusions into zombies. Either we are rebuilding our economy now, or we are falling back hopelessly.
If other countries, particularly China and India, are seriously starting to change their energy supply, Germany could be optimally positioned as an expert nation for high quality wind turbines. At the moment, however, it seems that the bureaucracy, the blacks, the environmentalists and the hesitant federal government squeeze this future model in the bud. It would be better to spend a few more years taking care of the small dying plants of the past.