chapter  8
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Most readers would associate the word ‘resistance’ with a critique of the status quo and those who administer and benefit from it. It suggests action in pursuit of social justice. When the status quo applies to the environment, however, ‘justice’ isn’t so simply located in a them-and-us relationship. For example, if ‘fracking’ (hydraulic fracturing) – the process of forcefully injecting a cocktail of water and chemicals into rock formations to force out oil and gas – is fairly easily cast as an effort on the part of big business and big government to answer a long term problem with a short term answer, then wind turbines are not. Big business and big government have in some cases decided turbines are to be supported, but they provoke resistance in those who don’t want their pastoral views spoiled, rather than in those concerned about less damaging ways of generating energy. These situations are complex: big government isn’t always a villain, just as resistance isn’t always enlightened or even informed.