Environment Of Dystopia: Germany Plans To Wipe Out 20 Million Sq M Of 1000-Year Old Forest, For Wind Parks!

Green madness and environmental destruction

20 million square meters of 1000-year old “fairy tale” forest to be designated as an industrial wind park zone. “Approval procedure in final phase”!

At Facebook, environmentalist Gero Lenhardt writes a desperate plea to rescue one of Germany’s most idyllic, fairy tale-like forests: the Reinhardswald located in the hilly region just west of Göttingen.

1000-year-old “fairy tale” forest is slated to be industrialized for “green” energy

The German state of Hesse’s largest contiguous forest area will become a wind industry area if profit-seeking planners get their way.
The Reinhardswald is known as the “treasure house of European forests” or “Grimm’s fairy tale forest”.

“A total of about 2000 hectares (20 million m²) of the thousand-year-old Reinhardswald have been designated for wind power plant development,” says Lenhardt, at Gegenwind Deutschland. “The massive resistance of the affected citizens is being ignored by the state government,” reports Lenhardt.

Natural, virtually undisturbed habitat may fall victim of the greed of crony policymakers and industry lobbyists. “The first 20 wind turbines of unprecedented size are planned (see map), the approval procedure is in its final phase,” says Lenhardt.

Location of planned wind parks in the Reinhardswald, west of Göttingen (Google Map). 

60 gigantic turbines, danger to red-listed species

And that would only be the beginning: A total of more than 60 of these gigantic wind turbines could be built on 7 large areas.

Lenhardt writes that their wonderful Reinhardswald is “on the verge of being degraded” and “with incalculable consequences for nature and the whole region.”

He needs both the support of local citizens and the attention from around the world.

Lenhardt says that not only will the planned turbines pose a hazard to drinking water for over 50,000 people, it will also disfigure the landscape and lead to noise pollution for hikers, tourists and residents.

Moreover it will seriously endanger rare bird life such as the black stork, red kite, bats and other red-listed species.

You can write a statement protesting the planned construction of the wind parks by sending an email to: Einwendungen_III_33-1@rpks.hessen.de. Emails in the English language are fine as many Germans understand English quite well. You can visit their site at:  www.rettet-den-reinhardswald.de.

“But no matter what you write, the main thing is that you write!” says Lenhardt.

Visualizations of dystopian environment

The following are visualizations are that are true to scale and position and thus illustrate what the Reinhardswald will look like should the project go through.

12 responses to “Environment Of Dystopia: Germany Plans To Wipe Out 20 Million Sq M Of 1000-Year Old Forest, For Wind Parks!”

  1. Ian W

    I put this comment on Twitter.
    The problem with windfarms is the intermittent supply and that the ‘grid’ is required to deal with the problems of that intermittent supply. This must be changed or the grid will be continually threatened and cannot be ‘tuned’ to the power supplies so will get more and more inefficient with potential for blackouts. Also the windfarms are using a lot of land but there is no downside to their operation regardless. So a simple change to the contract would be a major change to the windfarm business.

    I suggest:

    “Windfarm SHALL supply consistent specified baseload power.
    Regardless of wind strength the windfarm operator SHALL ensure, at their own cost, that the baseload power to the grid is maintained to specification”

    This would put the onus on the windfarm operators to provide perhaps CCGT power generation and appropriate power management circuitry to smooth the output. The Grid can now be made stable as the power from that source is standardized. However, it also puts all the cost and contractual risk on the windfarm operators. This then reduces the attractiveness of the ‘subsidy farming’ that they are doing and may save many hectares of attractive countryside.

  2. drumphish

    20 million meters squared equals 2000 meters times 10 000 meters.

    One hectare is 100 meters by 100 meters, 10 000 square meters.

    20 000 000/10 000 equals 2000. Sounds like 2000 hectares of land.

    One hectare per site location, 100 m x 100 m, 2000 wind turbines.

    Must be close to the what is planned, which should be scrapped immediately.

    The weather today is once again phenomenal for this time of year.

    So far, this December weather has been like late September, to early November weather. The Temp yesterday was at 46 degrees F for the high for the day, five degrees Fahrenheit shy of the record of 51 degrees. The record low was set in 1919 at -27 degrees Fahrenheit. Today’s high daytime temp will be 50 degrees F, four degrees short of the record, the record low temp for this date was set in 1919 at -29 degrees F.

    Incredible weather for December. Could use some precipitation, the land is dry and dusty.

    Haven’t seen any migrating geese since last Monday. The cranes were last seen about two weeks ago. They’re all gone for this year, it seems at this time. All flying further south to Uncertain, Texas.

    Has to be an El Niño year, mild weather has prevailed so far.

  3. John F Hultquist

    They are not parks. Nor “farms”, either.

    There are many sorts of parks. This is not one of them.

    These are industrial wind facilities.

  4. The Indomitable Snowman, Ph.D.

    “Can’t you just explain to people that a quickly available backup reserve is needed for times when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, the windmills create unsightly landscapes and disturbing sounds and kill birds. The backups cost lots of money and raise your electric bill.”

    (Moving this to where it was supposed to go. 🙂 )

    It’s a waste of time trying to explaining anything rational to these kooks.

    This is a crackpot paleolithic mother-earth-worshipping cult that is impervious to rational arguments of any sort.

    In their primitive view, if they do these things, then mother-earth will smile and reward us.

    Really – we’re at the point where there is no other explanation for these monstrosities and their backers – and the resources wasted on them. Try placing yourself on Easter Island at the time and watching all the resources being wasted on building all those enormous, useless statues… and trying to argue rationally with them about what a useless, destructive waste of scarce resources that it all was…

    1. John F Hultquist

      I agree there is a “cult” that is the public face of this.
      However, there are many not so public folks pushing in the same
      direction, with the intent of making lots of money. There is
      nothing irrational about the positions they take.
      If they didn’t have the “existential climate crisis” to
      work off of, they would invent something else.

      1. The Indomitable Snowman, Ph.D.

        That is consistent with my rule-of-thumb regarding “renewable” (sic) energy.

        That it has only two constituencies – fantasists, and kleptocrats.

  5. David Lee

    The Germans… still crazy after all these years.

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