FACT CHECK: Was A Wind Turbine Destroyed By Protesters?
An image shared on social media purports that a group of vandals called the Blade Runners destroyed a wind turbine as a protest.
The claim is inaccurate. The image was posted by the National Weather Service in Houston on Twitter, stating that a storm caused this damage.
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The Facebook post shows an image of a wind turbine with all the blades bent down. The post suggests that the group responsible for the destruction are protestors that call themselves the Blade Runners.
The caption reads, “Looks like the blade runners have decided to reach out to other objects to do with the net zero green madness agenda.”
This claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this image was taken after vandalism. The image was first circulated on social media in 2021. The image was posted by the National Weather Service in Houston on Twitter, stating that a storm caused this damage.
The power of wind. (Damage to a wind turbine near Wadsworth in Matagorda County from a storm that passed through around 340pm). pic.twitter.com/osGB1sAocw
— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) June 15, 2021
“The power of wind. (Damage to a wind turbine near Wadsworth in Matagorda County from a storm that passed through around 340pm),” the post reads.
British media has reported on a group called the Blade Runners that have vandalized cameras in England. The group is committed to removing the Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras in London. These new cameras monitor and fine drivers for vehicles that do not meet the city environmental standards. (RELATED: Are Wages Keeping Up With Inflation?)
This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin fired players for kneeling during the National Anthem.