One of the arguments put forth by wind energy proponents is that the success of wind turbines in Europe proves that any opponents in North America are just nimbys or whatever. Of course these proponents never specify what constitutes “success”. Cutting emissions? Saving on fossil fuels? Reducing their dependence on evil foreigners? Putting more money into the pockets of their friends?
Anyway, anyone who has actually followed the wind energy story in Europe knows that it has become, to say the least, quite controversial there for all the same reasons it is controversial in NA. For some indication of just how controversial you only have to read some of the articles and comments in their newspapers. As an example, a couple of weeks ago James Delingpole wrote in the Telegraph about “The Best Article on Wind Farms You Will Ever Read” by Kevin Myers. If you want to get a real indication of how the “success” is going down in Europe you might want to read both of these.