Friday funny – Subsidy Sam in the news!

Josh writes:’Subsidy Sam’ is a children’s story written by Lyndsey Ward to counter the shameless pro-wind propaganda allowed in schools. Lyndsey asked me to help out with a cartoon and I was only too happy to oblige. Today ‘Subsidy Sam’ made it into The Press and Journal, a Scottish newspaper – see below.


You can read the whole story on the Wind Energy’s Absurd Facebook page and, as Lyndsey suggests, please do post/share/Tweet/Facebook as much as you can. I will update with a link to the online version when it becomes available.

Here is the cartoon on its own should you need it.


Cartoons by Josh

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Sweet Old Bob
April 22, 2016 7:08 am

And ….it looks like SS has blood on his blades…..

bit chilly
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
April 22, 2016 7:18 am

bird blood to be precise . another classic from josh . nice to see scots fighting back against this nonsense .i wonder how much we will have to pay for the decommissioning in future years once all the taxpayer subsidy leeches have cleared out.

Reply to  bit chilly
April 22, 2016 7:32 am

You assume the subsidy leaches will clear out. They never will. They’ll just move to the next phony scam to make sure you and I have thinner wallets. It never ends.

Reply to  bit chilly
April 22, 2016 7:36 am

You can support the Scots in their fight against the wind scam and the associated troughers at

Reply to  bit chilly
April 22, 2016 8:20 am

No decommissioning — won’t be affordable. They’ll just rust & fall apart.

Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
April 22, 2016 8:12 am

Oops, can’t call him “SS” – maybe “SuS”?
(Re: Skeptical Science isn’t “SS” it is “SkS”.)

Reply to  JohnWho
April 22, 2016 8:53 am

Given the behavior of so many warmists, perhaps the banned moniker is actually more accurate.

Reply to  JohnWho
April 22, 2016 4:25 pm

Which is precisely why we don’t use it. A direct parody of their propaganda is one thing. Accusations of Nazism will only cause people to stop listening.

Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
April 22, 2016 6:22 pm

So I work on the old Navy base in Alameda and Google has been testing this tethered airfoil to generate power. I’ve watched it run while testing. Those four props run at very high RPMs and the thing is going to be a very efficient bird dicer. Meanwhile, out at the Altamont Pass, smaller, faster turning wind turbines are being replaced by larger, slower turbines in an effort to reduce bird strikes.
Go figure……

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Grant
April 23, 2016 5:29 am

Go figure… I did.
They want to develop energy kites. Some questions here:

Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
April 23, 2016 7:28 pm

Yep, it is blood. Blood from all the raptors these things kill.

April 22, 2016 7:18 am

..Josh, I think you should have added a few more birds !! LOL

Bruce Cobb
April 22, 2016 7:42 am

How about one on “Scam-I-Am Solar”?

Myron Mesecke
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 22, 2016 9:19 am

Green Subsidies and Scam.

Steve Fraser
Reply to  Myron Mesecke
April 22, 2016 11:00 am


Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 22, 2016 12:53 pm

Subsidy Sam / Subsidy Scam
Hey, I saw what Josh did there! 🙂

Tom in Florida
April 22, 2016 7:55 am

From the article :
“Caithness campaigner Brenda Herrick successfully fought to have turbines removed from school grounds after a series of incidents involving faulty towers”
Perhaps they should have capitalized “Faulty Towers”, in would be more appropriate.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 22, 2016 9:09 am

should be Fawlty Towers.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 22, 2016 11:29 am

Or Farty Towels

Gard R. Rise
Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 22, 2016 3:59 pm

Fatty Owls

April 22, 2016 8:01 am

How about “Foultry Towers”?

Reply to  SteveC
April 22, 2016 8:20 am

Shouldn’t that be ‘Fowltry Towers’?

Reply to  SteveC
April 22, 2016 11:52 am

Flowery Twats?

April 22, 2016 8:09 am

We’re delighted to see Subsidy Sam flying round the world, as he never did very much in Scotland except to liberate his component parts and gobble up consumers’ money. This is really grabbing people’s attention, so very well done Lyndsey, and thank you to everyone who has shared on social media and forwarded by e mail thus far.

April 22, 2016 8:19 am

Thanks Josh for the great cartoon and thanks to the funny and sharp wind fighting face book page from Scotland,, for posting and sharing across the world. Wind Energy is Absurd and I hope this goes some way to show that.

Reply to  Lyndsey Ward
April 22, 2016 9:50 am

I’m sorry to report this project fits very well on this side of the pond. Of course, a lot of the wind developers here like Iberdrola and EDPR merely see us as a great chance to expand their business. And help our communities with all the money they’ll bring in.

Reply to  Ric Werme
April 22, 2016 1:48 pm

It is worldwide Ric. I have had excellent feed back with people recognising Subsidy Sam as their own particular wind parasite. Doesn’t matter what the language is the wind developer hand book is the same.

Reply to  Lyndsey Ward
April 22, 2016 2:54 pm

Well done Lyndsey and Josh. Lovin Subsidy S(c)am!!

Reply to  Lyndsey Ward
April 22, 2016 3:37 pm

Great story, Lnydsey.. 🙂
AG from Australia.

Reply to  AndyG55
April 22, 2016 3:38 pm

Be glad you don’t type like I do !!!
Great story, Lyndsey ! 🙂

April 22, 2016 8:23 am

Solar and wind technologies have their [limited] value, but not as environmentally friendly, generally available energy solutions.

April 22, 2016 9:08 am

Subsidy Sam, Grumpy old Sam can be heard sighing kilometers away, occasionally lashes out at passing birds, gets melancholy in summer and doesn’t move about much in the heat and collects disability benefits for much of the year due to lack of mobility issues.
Sounds like quite a guy 😀

Reply to  Mark
April 23, 2016 5:11 am

When I moved onto my mountain we used solar because we had no other system then the wiring was made available so we now have regular electricity. Solar is great when you have nothing else.

April 22, 2016 9:21 am

Really? I thought it would be about Pachauri’s big day in court this week…

John Robertson
April 22, 2016 9:24 am

Subsidy Sam is the equivalent of the poor (street) pusher man.
Poor Sam only gets a tiny piece of the action as millions of people are robbed in his name, the loot is funnelled into the “proper” pockets, who dribble a wee bit onto the useful idiot who has to endure the wrath of those who believed.
The German Comic who proclaimed the new symbol of this religion, the spinning crucifix, had it right.
What gets me are all the “Save the bird” organizations who are wilfully blind to both the butchery and uselessness inherent in these windmills.
Kill the birds for a feeling of righteousness.?

April 22, 2016 9:41 am

Great collaboration between Josh (pic) and Lyndsey (words). Now I’m off to continue to develop my grant funded solar powered torch

April 22, 2016 9:46 am

I have often wondered when people would realize that the windmills that require subsidies are not worth it. If they were economically feasible then there would be no need for a subsidy.
But I have wondered much more if the “environmentalists” would wake up to the wanton slaughter of birds and bats by these large bird-choppers.

Julian Williams in Wales
Reply to  markstoval
April 22, 2016 11:14 am

often their anger against people is greater than their love of nature and birds

April 22, 2016 9:56 am

Down the wind hole!
Mr. Racketeer -Tear down this windmill.

April 22, 2016 10:14 am

Link to the text of the Subsidy Sam story, for those who can’t read it via Facebook.

Julian Williams in Wales
April 22, 2016 10:18 am

Some years ago I was involved in a campaign against a turbine development. I cast the greens as vulturescomment image

Reply to  Julian Williams in Wales
April 22, 2016 11:30 am

Vultures feed on the dead, _parasites_ feed on the living.

Pamela Gray
Reply to  Julian Williams in Wales
April 22, 2016 12:57 pm

Except vultures also meet their fate at the end of a blade. I can’t imagine what California greens were thinking, after the decades and decades of the front page news about California Condors, when they let wind turbines into Condor flying space. But then again, hypocritical thought is par for the course in that strange land.

April 22, 2016 10:27 am

CAGW has a magical property. It enables politicians to extract billions of dollars from taxpayers and use those dollars to pay the politician’s friends to build things that are not needed and don’t work. In the end the friends go bankrupt and the dollars are nowhere to be found.
In the process somehow the politicians and their friends have become wealthy.
And you think you can defeat something that powerful with logic?

Julian Williams in Wales
Reply to  allanJ
April 22, 2016 10:38 am

If you build a solar or wind-farm in the UK you get a tax exempt, inflation linked subsidy for 20 – 25 years. So you do not go bankrupt, you up-sticks and buy a place somewhere beautiful far away from the useless environmentally destructive wealth creating carnage that the government paid you to build.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
Reply to  Julian Williams in Wales
April 22, 2016 11:58 am

It would be interesting to follow the anti-windmill movement to see if they start carving out a territory within the UK, and then to find out if that is where the windmill owners live, secretly financing the anti movement.
Being paid to build and as captured in the story, paid not to generate, is a scammers dream. It sounds something invented by a British trade union or a Medieval Guild. “Can’t touch me, I’m green!”
All they need now is an innocent whipping boy to take the blame for something he had nothing to do with. Oh, right, Mr Carbon in his intoxidised state. Someone is drunk on (chemical) power.

April 22, 2016 11:09 am

Meanwhile Obama is preaching with fire and damnation on Brexit. Don’t make it 40 lashes.

Gunga din
April 22, 2016 11:12 am

I like the green eyes.

April 22, 2016 12:26 pm

Here is an excerpt of Subsidy Sam – entertaining reading:
I like the cast of characters:
Subsidy Sam – the wind turbine
Green Scam Renewables – the firm that supplied and built Sam
Mr and Mrs McWeasel – wealthy jet-setting owner of Green Scam, and his and wife
Madame De Gaulle – headmistress of nearby school (harassed by Subsidy Sam)
Lord Grabbit – landowner of the whole area

April 22, 2016 12:48 pm

I love it – the Press and Journal (or the P&J as it is known as in Aberdeenshire) is in the news on WUWT: Fame at last.

April 22, 2016 1:21 pm

Gee, I wonder why the Germans just slammed the door on wind projects while starting anew with lowest bidder solar. They may actually get it right this time.

April 22, 2016 5:35 pm

We need the Subsidy Sam cartoon here in the province of Ontario. A recent private member’s bill (a bill from a party NOT in power) to scrap the latest proposed windmill farm was defeated by the Liberal government. This government, in power since 2003, has pushed “green” energy down the throats of its citizens, allowing windmills to be placed as close as 550m (600 yds.) to a home or business. Hundreds of people have registered complaints with the government regarding ill-health effects to no avail. Electricity prices in Ontario have gone from the lowest in Canada to the highest with rates doubling over the last 10 years. Ontario has lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs over that period due to soaring electricity rates. Dozens of municipalities in south-western Ontario have stated they would not willingly accept any windfarms. Local government and their citizens have no say in the placement of windmills. The “Green Energy Act”, passed by the Liberal government, allows “Green” energy projects to bypass normal environmental assessment regulations or public consultations. It’s full “green” ahead for this government despite the fact that average wind output (according to my own tracking via the website) is only 30% of capacity. HELP! COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO PUT PARAGRAPHS ON THIS SITE. USUALLY THE TAB KEY DOES THE TRICK, BUT NOT THIS TIME

Reply to  3¢worth
April 23, 2016 8:14 am

try control and enter. Works on Facebook?

April 23, 2016 2:13 am

I’m sorry……..I thought Canada has discovered more fossil fuel than resides beneath Saudi Arabia. WHY would you possibly need to put up “bird grinders” for electricity????????????

April 23, 2016 2:46 am

Here is a funny for you. This is a headline in USA Today.

Ice melt forces polar bears into paths of Alaska schoolchildren

April 23, 2016 4:48 am

Yesterday I drove the length of Holland, from Groeningen in the far north down south into Belgium. There is an astonishing number of wind turbines in the north of the country. For the first half if the journey there was scarcely a moment when I could not see one or more turbines. Along the coast there were arrays of hundreds of them.
Years ago when I learned to fly a light plane (Cessna 152) abig part of training was trying to find a safe place to make an emergency landing in case of engine failure. Wind turbines make this impossible in such places as north Holland.

Gary Pearse
April 23, 2016 11:33 am

Nice cartoon and a wonderful way to pushback. I believe an entire counter children’s literature on all the variety of propaganda interfering with education of children would be a natural progression of how to deal with this. Maybe you could add an “Angry Bird” standing on the nose of SSam and staring into his eyes.

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