Wind-financed Exposé against Kevon Martis Backfires

From MasterResource

By Robert Bradley Jr. — May 1, 2023

“Delegitimization is a favorite tactic of the climate alarmist/forced energy transformation lackeys. They cannot conceive that a moral, reasonable person can be against a scheme to impose ‘clean’ energy on townships (really ‘machine up’ the great outdoors). Kevon Martis proves them wrong, and they cannot accept it. What will they come up with next?”

Kevon Martis has been profiled numerous times at MasterResource. His grassroots-truth-to-wind-power has been a game changer in Michigan and elsewhere. And he is a regular fellow, the epitome of the hard-working, successful American.

A news story by Michigan Capitol Confidential (Mackinac Center for Public Policy) tells the backstory of an attempted ‘hit job’ on Martis by a Leviathan. The article by Jamie Hope (March 28, 2023), “Wind industry declares war on Michigan man,” is one that should resonate with every citizen of every town threatened by government-enabled industrial wind turbines and/or solar arrays.

Hope reports, you decide:

Kevon Martis is presented as a master manipulator by Yale Climate Connections. Wind energy activists believe they have found an explanation for the waning popularity of wind projects in Michigan and around the county: a cult of homeowners whose objection to turbines is, according to a new video clip, wholly irrational.

Like a Cult’, a documentary-style ten-minute video from environmental activist Peter Sinclair and Yale Climate Connections, attacks local residents and officials in Michigan who express concerns about wind energy projects in their townships.

The video singles out Kevon Martis, Deerfield Township zoning administrator and a recently elected Lenawee County commissioner. Sinclair pieces together a shadowy network of brainwashing and gaslighting, with Martis as the cult’s high priest — or “Big Cheese,” according to an intertitle.

The video attempts to tie Martis to April 2020 COVID-19 shutdown protests at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing and the January 6, 2021, riot in Washington, D.C.

Sinclair blames Martis for the unwanted participation of residents at townhall meetings, which has revealed deep opposition to and shallow support for landscape-altering wind turbine projects. Popular opposition to wind turbines in Michigan is part of a national trend that has dealt ballot-box defeats in several states to wind giants like NextEra and Apex Clean Energy. But Sinclair believes he sees the fingerprints of Martis everywhere.

“Time and again, when Mr. Martis becomes involved, formerly low-key meetings become settings for anger and division,” Sinclair says in the video. The video had 5,200 views as of March 28.

Sinclair, who admitted in a Saginaw County meeting that he has been paid by energy companies, nevertheless slams Martis for his work with E&E Legal, which he says has also received money from many of the same companies.

The video also neglects to mention that its three most prominent subjects — former local elected officials Jed Welder, Phyllis Larson and Terry Anderson — were all recalled by voters in elections where turbine opposition was the main subject of campaigning.

Welder was the sole vote against an ordinance in July 2021 to protect Sidney Township from an industrial-scale wind turbine project. He signed a wind energy easement agreement with Coral Wind I, LLC, an affiliate of Apex Clean Energy August 2020. Douglass Township Supervisor Anderson was forced to apologize to local resident Cindy Shick after removing her from the planning commission over rumors she had divulged documents to someone outside the commission. Shick was elected to replace the recalled Anderson.

Phyllis Larson was a Winfield Township supervisor who signed two wind leases and voted for a wind-friendly ordinance. Residents later voted that ordinance down in a referendum. Michigan State Police investigaged Larson and other officials last August over their tactics for publishing notices of the proposed wind ordinance, according to a story in the Daily News of Montcalm County. Though local residents accused Larson and others of violating public notification laws, no charges were filed.

Unseated but unbowed, the three politicians now critique the false consciousness of the voters. “It’s almost like a cult-type deal,” Welder says of his neighbors and former constituents who opposed the turbine project. Ashlyn Newell, identified in the video as a resident of Maple Valley Township and a science teacher, says township officials were threatened and that there is still fear in the community. She did not provide evidence of those claims.

Newell declines to mention that she and her husband signed a wind lease with Apex for their property. A memorandum of the wind lease was recorded Oct. 23, 2020, according to the Montcalm County Register of Deeds. “Depending upon the terms of the contracts, typically hosting a wind turbine will bring $8,000 to $12,000 per year or more, depending upon the size of the turbine,” Martis told Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Final Comment

Delegitimization is a favorite tactic of the climate alarmist/forced energy transformation lackeys. They cannot conceive that a moral, reasonable person can be against a scheme to impose “clean” energy on townships (really ‘machine up’ the great outdoors). Kevon Martis proves them wrong, and they cannot accept it. What will they come up with next?

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May 1, 2023 11:08 pm

I don’t think these pushers have any idea of the backlash that is coming.

Steve Case
Reply to  missoulamike
May 2, 2023 2:28 am

“… these pushers don’t have any idea of the backlash that is coming.

First amendment be damned, Environmentalism and especially Climatism is the state religion, and its proselytisers make sure that any attempted backlash is thoroughly quashed.

Reply to  Steve Case
May 2, 2023 3:00 am

And for these religions there is no separation of church and state.

Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 2:57 pm

For the left, power is their religion and government their god.

Reply to  missoulamike
May 2, 2023 3:57 am

But evidently they are now running scared, and trying any dubious tactic which could scare off the non-alarmists. keep up the good fight, folks. At last, we are winning!

Reply to  mikelowe2013
May 2, 2023 12:45 pm

Has there not been talk of action at the Federal Level to override local opposition to wind and solar projects, i.e. remove all choice from the people impacted?

May 2, 2023 1:16 am

Imagine if the locals took up arms and started firing into the nacelles, one or more bullet entering the electrical cabinets. That would be very wrong. Very, very wrong.

What could possibly go wrong? Would the smoke leak out of the electrical control gear? Would the rotor spin uncontrolled? Would anyone want to work up in the nacelle knowing that the peasants were revolting?

Just pointing out an obvious shortfall in the defence of these monsters. At least in War of the Worlds, there was a force field that would stop artillery from making a dent in the units.

By the way, I don’t live anywhere near a wind turbine and don’t advocate shooting at these towers but I am wondering what possible precautions the designers could have implemented to prevent a complete disaster from unfolding.

Reply to  Eng_Ian
May 2, 2023 1:34 am

They do not need any human intervention fail. Time and Mother Nature are enough. The offshore wind farms are highly prone to the severe climatic conditions they are exposed to.

It gets to a point where the monsters are unsafe to enter for risk of catastrophic failure. A year ago now for machines operating since 2013 so less than a decade in service:

Offshore wind developer Orsted is asking relevent authorities to establish ‘no-sail zone’ at some of its offshore wind farms after a catastrophic failure of an offshore wind turbine at a Danish offshore wind farm.

These are industrial machines, built to a budget and exposed to whatever MontherNature can throw at them.

As they rot out and fall over, they will make good reefs for more than a few decades. They may even be exposed when the sea level falls in the next cycle of glaciation. Good for the copper and rare earths they contain if not all oxidised away.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Eng_Ian
May 2, 2023 1:39 am

just a few well aimed shotgun blasts at one of the blades.
i.e. Wreck the aerodynamics of that one blade to put the whole machine out of balance – it will comprehensibly destroy itself next time the wind picks up.

Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 2, 2023 2:09 am

That would do it. Take a tip off and wait for the carnage or as RickWill notes, just let the weather take care of the process.

I all depends on how long you have to wait. What I detailed above is a scenario where it is clearly unsafe to operate or remain near. Just like the off shore wind farm with a no sail zone.

Richard M
Reply to  Eng_Ian
May 2, 2023 4:56 am

Easy targets for terrorists. In the US we’ve had our southern border wide open for over 2 years. Millions of people have walked across. Are any of these people terrorists? Almost certainly we’ve had terrorist cells set up. Are they training, learning, preparing and for what? I think we can guess.

There’s been a rash of train derailments across the country getting almost no publicity unless something really bad occurs such as in Ohio. Even then it was downplayed by the media. Are these part of a training program?

I suspect one goal for terrorists would certainly be the US power grid. Maybe not individual turbines, but the power lines where the energy collects and enters the main grid. They would be a great target. What if all these locations across the country are now being mapped? Easy targets.

Reply to  Richard M
May 2, 2023 7:25 am

Easy targets for terrorists.

Which is why I’m amazed that it hasn’t been done already.

Reply to  Tony_G
May 2, 2023 12:49 pm

Expect a false flag operation to bring about draconian protection measures.

Kit P
Reply to  Eng_Ian
May 2, 2023 1:46 pm

People shooting at things they should not is a topic I think should not be discussed on the internet because it could put ideas in the wrong brain.

It has been a problem for the power for a long time. It rarely makes national news because of the maxim ‘if it bleeds it leads.

May 2, 2023 2:59 am

What the pro-wind, pro-solar, anti-nuclear crowd doesn’t think about is that every dollar over-spent on these intermittent energy schemes is a dollar not spent on health care, education, highway maintenance, public swimming pools, public libraries, public parks and other public goods that real people can see, use and appreciate.

Maybe now that the US has (or almost has) hit the federal debt limit there will be some rational decisions made. Or … perhaps there will have to be some school closures and highway non-maintenance and patient deaths and military failures before reason once again rules.

Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 3:12 am

An appropriate illustration for the above …

Don Quixote (1955) by Pablo Picassocomment image

Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 4:02 am

Or, looking on the bright side of things, those damaged windmills might also experience a few dollars not spent on repairs and maintenance. Not that I would ever suggest encouraging the damaging of those windmills.

Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 7:32 am

I’m not hopeful. Typical pattern is: Republicans hold out against raising the debt ceiling, things start shutting down (selectively chosen to hurt the public as much as possible), Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans cave. I see no reason to expect anything different this time.

Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 8:16 am

The rules of High Finance, as it pertains to the money borrowed by your government for the purposes of governance, includes the Good Governance Clause, which specifically prohibits using such monies on social projects, such as health and education.
The South African government just pulled a World First by insisting on a “service delivery” clause in their latest incursion into the underbelly of international debt slavery. You won’t believe the road crews suddenly infesting the landscape!!!
Besides, what you are suggesting is (gasp, OMG, whisper) is socialism…
I can’t believe the capitalist zealots have not already ripped you a new one.

Reply to  cilo
May 2, 2023 3:01 pm

Perhaps because us capitalist zealots are able to actually read and discern intent.

Reply to  MarkW
May 3, 2023 1:58 am

Mark, if you did not read that list of stuff to do with the State’s money, without thinking: “Buh, buh, who’s gonna payy for eet?”, you either got caught up in the excitement of disfinancing the whirlygigs, or you are busy losing your faith. A good capitalist ALWAYS asks “óoze gonna pae forrit??”.
Meaning, of course: “Where’s my cut?”
Or do I read the intent wrong?

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Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 12:53 pm

health care, wind power, etc. etc. are all major financial operations vying for $. Most have no stake in public good, only in milking the public.

Reply to  rovingbroker
May 2, 2023 6:25 pm

“What the pro-wind, pro-solar, anti-nuclear crowd doesn’t think about is that every dollar over-spent on these intermittent energy schemes is a dollar not spent on health care, education, highway maintenance, public swimming pools, public libraries, public parks and other public goods that real people can see, use and appreciate.”

At what point can ‘force majeure’ be invoked to end the ridiculously long term contracts on this failed experiment?

May 2, 2023 4:19 am

They have hypothesized a correlation:

“Time and again, when Mr. Martis becomes involved, formerly low-key meetings become settings for anger and division,” Sinclair says in the video. 

But they failed to describe the direction of causation. Perhaps it’s the very people who are most upset that call on Mr. Martis, making his involvement not the cause of the “anger and division” but the result of it.

Reply to  MJB
May 2, 2023 3:03 pm

To a leftist, opposition to their goals is divisive. Identical actions against anything they disagree with, is never referred to as “divisive” or “angry”.

general custer
May 2, 2023 5:40 am

Susan Ralston is also the target of eco-fascist wrath for coming to the assistance of climate change heretics.

general custer
Reply to  general custer
May 2, 2023 5:41 am
Joseph Zorzin
May 2, 2023 5:56 am

Environmental groups in Massachusetts now seem to be mostly oppossed to large scale wind and solar developments on land. Instead, they support big wind “farms” at sea and solar on buildings. But try telling them that even those efforts cannot possibly give the state net zero and they have their ears plugged. I think some are now just beginning to like the idea of modern nuclear energy. Of course they all still hate all fossil fuels. Sure, MA is a small state but it has outsized influence due to having so many universities including Hah-vid and MIT. Of course suggesting to them that there is no climate emergency and they go deaf again.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 2, 2023 3:05 pm

A year or so ago, there was a poster here who was claiming that switching to LED lights would easily free up enough electricity to power the conversion of all ICE cars to EVs.

Dr. Bob
May 2, 2023 1:32 pm

There will be an interesting battle over where wind and solar energy go as there are competing demands that will consume essentially all the available renewable power that can be reasonably produced. EV backers want the power for that need. But there are mandates for E-Power (power to liquids) as well. Airlines are being pushed to use E-Fuels and that is a very power intensive process.
E-Fuels require hydrogen production via electrolysis and then reduction of CO2 (captured from the air or from industrial processes) to Carbon Monoxide (CO). Then H2 is used to reduce CO to hydrocarbon fuels. H2 production is 70% energy efficient. Hydrocarbon synthesis is about 60% efficient. Other losses will reduce overall efficienty to 20 or maybe 30% overall efficiency. But this is now mandated as a fuel for aircraft in Europe and will probably be mandated in the US as well when the mandates for EV’s fail to produce the number of EV’s demanded.
But all these mandates require renewable power and there simply isn’t enough to go around.

May 2, 2023 2:56 pm

Delegitimization is a favorite tactic of the left in general.
It’s not like they’ve got any actual arguments.

May 2, 2023 6:20 pm

From “Big Oil” to Green Blight. Progress.

May 3, 2023 12:47 am

Just keep repeating the mantra- Renewables are cheaper…renenewables are cheaper…
Budget to plug billions into grid-scale energy storage (

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