Many towns and cities in various states have laws against citizens
powering their homes, and/or collecting and storing energy for plug-in
hybrid cars, by use of wind turbines, solar panels, and hydroelectric
This is because politicians get paid by power companies, which primarily
use coal and oil, to make anti-self-powering laws and enforce them.
Even if a particular power company does generate some or all of the
electricity that it provides by use of wind turbine farms or some other
“green” means, it is still in their best interest if the common citizen
relies on them, and thus pays them, rather than generating their own.
Most elected officials will cite aesthetics and/or safety as reasons
against free energy, but we the people know it’s to make us dependent
on the grid (power and otherwise) and keep the money rolling in for
those in power.
For example, a good friend of mine, who is a filmmaker, was recently
spending some time visiting family in his home town of Corpus Christi,
Texas. He wanted to put up a wind turbine for his family in their yard,
which would cleanly provide enough electricity to power their home,
for free. Although the manufacturer says that this windmill fits
nicely and safely on a standard residential-sized lot, my friend was
told that the municipal code in his city requires one and a half acres
of land for a wind turbine.
My friend went to a city council meeting and explained his position, the
benefits to the environment, and the economic benefit to citizens, who
could have one less bill to pay. He was told that the primary concern was
that windmills in yards would be an eyesore. My friend asked how it would
be any more unsightly than power lines. Apparently those are O.K. because
we have gotten used to them. When he asked if people could get used to
windmills the way they have grown accustomed to power lines, the council
members said that they didn’t think so.
This basically excludes anyone who is not fortunate enough or wealthy
enough to hold a large plot of land. In some places, even in Texas, rich
persons with lots of land can have wind farms and sell energy to the
energy companies, but it’s obviously more challenging if you are a normal
person who wants just one, and can’t pay off the right people to get laws
changed for you.
Likewise, many towns and cities have laws against collecting rainwater
and storing it for uses such as gardening, flushing your toilet, and
washing your car. Again, they cite public health as their primary
concern, but even when you can prove your methods, they will say no.
This is to make you buy the water from them. Water is a valuable
commodity. Billionaire barons such as T. Boone Pickens use their friends
in government, up to and including the President, to gain control of
vast tracks of lands and the precious aquifers underneath them. Just
another way to control us and profit from us.
The whole thing makes me think about the fuss over Marijuana.
It’s natural, a plant, put here by God, if you are a Creationist,
or by evolution, if you are a Darwinist. It’s relatively harmless.
It makes people happy. It makes people peaceful. It relieves
pain and stress. It doesn’t contribute in any real way to any
kind of violence or injury or illness. It’s cheap, or free if you
grow your own. Yet, because it reduces the need for and demand
for prescription pain killers, anti-depressants, alcohol, tobacco,
and other harmful and addictive money-makers who lobby with
our government, users are treated as criminals for choosing
a “green” natural alternative instead of supporting corporate
Say no to the Matrix of the corporate illusion of safety and
convenience provided to you, which is powered by human batteries.
Say yes to the real world. Unplug yourself from dependence.
We should DEMAND that OUR government give us the choices to provide
certain necessities, like water, power, and medicine, for ourselves, just
as we had for thousands of years before the industrial revolution
turned us into mice plugged into a maze of boxes.