Rinus Vreugdenhil plays a protest song against two extra wind turbines

Marinus Paardekoper doesn’t understand why there are plans to add two new wind turbines on the Rozenburg island. Together with his band WC Heroes he wrote a protest song, on the melody of Riders on the Storm by The Doors.

During the filming of the music video, musician Rinus Vreugdenhil points to a row of wind turbines located at the water’s edge. Ten out of twelve turbines are being replaced. Nine larger ones with an extra power of 19,2 megawatt in total will be replacing them. “Nothing wrong with that,” says Vreugdenhil. “We do live in an industrial area after all.” But it does irk him that two additional wind turbines will be placed as well, with a total power of 6.4 megawatt. “They’ll be standing in the middle of the meadow. But no-one can explain why they won’t be placed on the same row with the others on the water’s edge.”

And that’s why he’s all-in with the lyrics of the protest song. “Turbines in the storm, buzzard in the sky. He releases a big sigh. The horizon spoiled and Rozenburg cries. Turbines in the storm,” it sounds from the speakers during the filming of the video. The band plays along on accoustic instruments.

The band hopes to gain the same effect with this new song as earlier with the distribution center. The contract for the two new turbine-positions hasn’t yet been appointed, so the State Real Estate Company hasn’t yet decided.

And that’s what generates hope for the band. “We’re positive and intend to stay that way. We can stop this, for sure,” Rinus Vreugdenhil says forcefully.

Rinus Vreugdenhil (K XII d)
By: Jelle Gunneweg
Source: Rijnmond