RTE, heading straight into a Bure wall !

What were owl masks doing in a Midi Libre article on December 3rd? Unexpected migratory flight from the peaks of the Bois Lejus, or sudden attraction of the Aveyronnais for the cardboard plate and the paint bomb (secret manufacturing secret jealously guarded) ?

It is that in the wake of the joint call for an ardent winter, we were a few well decided to come and breathe the air of the south, on the occasion of the demonstration against RTE, called by the friends of the Amassada in the fight against the implantation of the “thousand wind turbine transformator”.

“So, where’s that public inquiry?” (Aveyronnais proverb)

It is because there is something that touches us there, and deeply. Beyond the sincerity of the exchanges and friendships between St-Victor and Bure, beyond the joyous evenings where Morlaix-sur-Saulx beers and Gaillac wines flow, beyond the wild farandoles (boulègue, boulègue!).) and mathcore concerts, we have to admit that the fight that has been taking off for three years since the Amassada is in many ways exemplary.

The magnificent flop of the public inquiry, with its commissioner who leaves all the affected places empty-handed without having been able to say a single word, and is even forced to move its permanence 100 km away… all this reminds us of the great hours of the public debate boycott in Bure in 2013, and even better: it gives hope to all the territories that, here or elsewhere, revolt against their neck-tied developers. On November 7th in Saint-Victor, an entire village barricaded itself with straw bundles and banderolles, and it was an entire village, from children to seniors, that told the investigating commissioner not to return. He didn’t come back. It was well worth our courtesy visit on December 2nd!

It has to be said, however, that the fight conducted there is not easy, not easy to defend, not politically correct: we call ourselves ecological and we fight windmills? Well, yes: it is high time to destroy the great imposture of renewable energy if we really want to change society. That’s what happening there. And no, the suddenly anti (industrial) wind turbine owls did not become pro-nuclear for all that.

All messed up against that wind (Meusian maxim*)

First of all, when we talk about industrial wind turbines, we should always take into account the impact of the whole chain, and think twice before talking about green energy. What about the 1500 tons of concrete and 600kg of rare earths? Energy and environmental costs related to the manufacture, transportation, maintenance and dismantling of these robot plants? An employee of a wind energy company working a few kilometres from Bure, a carpooler in his spare time, recently told a friend: “All our customers are banks, or investment funds: it’s a way for them to invest money, thanks to installation aid, but not something green”. However, he was not a militant, and didn’t have harsh enough words against the opponents: he was just tragically lucid about his job…

And then you have to count. Yield, load factor, available surface area, etc. Without going into details, we recommend reading the brochure Le vent nous porte sur le système (here in a notebook version) and the resources listed on the website of the Amassada, to better understand the imposture. But above all, beyond the apothecary calculations and the excessive technicisation of the problem, we have to ask ourselves the question of the world that is being prepared and see what managerial logic is at work from the storage of radioactive waste to the wind farms, via the forest biomass that was in the spotlight on December 9th on the plateau of Millevaches.

*Let’s give back to Caesar Asterix what belongs to him: the maxim has become meusian only after being dragged along our infokiosques. We owe this brochure to CNT Amiens.

“No nuclear, no wind turbine, RTE back off!” (visual creation on urban support)

Electricity consumption in France, after having increased by 180 % between 1973 and 2008, now fluctuates between 478 and 490 TWh, and it is difficult to see what could significantly reduce it. In any case, it is not our ecogestures that will do much about it, and there is only a graph of EDF, arbitrarily mixing “tertiary” and “habitat” in the same item of expenditure, to try to make us believe that it is based on our practices.

The relative rise in so-called “clean” energy sources has never coincided with any fall in nuclear power in France: between 2012 and 2013, these energies have risen from 16% to 19% without the production of power plants, in absolute terms, moving by one iota. In the world’s most nuclearized country (75% of the world’s electricity production, far ahead of 30% in South Korea and 20% in the USA), at the same time as we are covering the crest lines of wind turbines, we are also preparing the “great careening” of old reactors and the new generations of EPRs, at the same time as we are trying to perennize in Bure the whole of the industry.

This is because there has never been a question here of “transition”, but of “accumulation” of energy. There’s a good chance that when we’ll brag about miraculously reaching 50% nuclear, or even less, this will only be achieved by the addition of other sources, not by a significant reduction in fission. It is therefore pointless to beg the white turbines to take us out of nuclear power, because in France we will soon have both wind and atom, like the two identical sides of the same rigged coin. One supplements the other in peaks of consumption. Two tentacles of the same octopus that covers the territory: RTE. The friends of the Aveyron are well aware of that!

François Hollande had promised a million electric cars, and we see multiplying everywhere the refill terminals developed by the Bolloré group; the TGV continues its development at all costs and, somewhere in tall towers, some megalomaniac developers continue to dream of shopping hypercentres like the one in Gonesse, with or without a ski slope. As the world becomes more greedy, we need more networks, more integration, more plasticity to articulate the energy sources that are proliferating. So more and more THT lines that are zebraizing the territory, more cybernetic control centers, smart meters etc. All of this plunges us into an ever more greedy world. What is on the horizon is a world of total, energy and political dependence on the network, the cornerstone being the dumping of the worst waste ever produced, 500 metres underground, somewhere in the south-Meuse…

RTE, heading straight into a Bure wall !

So it was without the shadow of a hesitation that the owls trowelled along on December 2nd to help walling up the RTE site in Saint-Affrique. Let’s not say from now on that the summer breakup of surface concrete is our only skill: when it comes to helping friends, we build, too!

The masonry work was completed peacefully, without the surprisingly discreet blue squad trying the slightest approach. This was the climax of a warm and lively demonstration inaugurated by the ritual cremation of the first page of the public inquiry. At the end of the day, when the parade left the site, one could read on the walls of RTE, written in red:”we will bury RTE in Bure”.

While waiting for Andra to start here its electric transformer building site, we salute those who are fighting in Aveyron and everywhere against the masks of green capitalism! And to continue this beautiful winter, we’ll see you in Roybon on December 16th!

In Bure as in St-Victor, NOT RES NOS ARRESTA !


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Some owls back from holiday