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Why is it so hard to get people to understand wind farm issue?

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To The Daily Sun,

It never ceases to amaze me how journalists fall for the wind industry's clean energy spin — without even a hint of a query. Are journalists blatantly misleading readers? How can journalists ignore the abuse the wind industry has on rural communities around New Hampshire, New England, nationally or internationally? Thanks to journalists the abuse will continue, effectively without critical scrutiny.

The wind industry knows exactly what they're doing to our community, because they've done it a thousand times over the past 20 years. Has a journalist ever stopped to think about the imbalance in financial resources? Or how it will effect our wildlife? Or how it will effect our watersheds? Or our peoples health? Or how it will effect tourism? Or how it will effect our property values?

Do we, as residents, have a voice in any of this? It is private land after-all. Do we have a right to tell our story "in the press" to be read by the people of New Hampshire? Or are journalists simply looking at it from another point of view — that being: resident concerns would be same if a nuclear plant, biomass plant or hydro plant were to replace the words "wind developer"? Are our concerns destined to go on deaf ears — is this done by design?

NHWindWatch.org is a tiny organization that survives on donations. They are an tiny organization that has the backing of the majority here in Grafton County. They are under constant attack from wind developers who seek to destroy our community. Developers have the power, the money, the lawyers and the federal government to boot.

NHWindWatch.org is made up of volunteers.

Journalists are the paid professionals and the publicly-traded wind developers are the story. We, the residents, have voted against further wind development in our area. Yet all we hear in the media is how residents are more concerned about the aesthetics of wind farms. Am I missing something — or is this being done by design? There are many more important concerns than aesthetics. Why aren't legal battles, issues or problems in states like Massachusetts, Vermont or Maine being discussed, introduced or explained to our residents here?

Many people ask me why I'm so vocal on this matter? It's because I have a vested interest in this community. There's no wind farm development proposed near me. I will only see one from 15 miles away. Why I continue to do this, is for the genuine concern about the harm that will come to the people living near them.

It's hardly rocket science.... I just care.

I sometimes wonder why it is so hard to get people to understand that night time noise in a quiet country environment is going to disturb the sleep of some people, and that if they cannot turn off the source of the noise, that they are going to become sleep deprived over time which will then harm their health. I have genuine concern for the wildlife and our watersheds as well. I also have concern for our tourism revenues, many businesses I know depend on them. And I know Mount Cardigan will take a hit on tourism, it's 5,000 visitors are being talked about now.

Every great story comes from an old saying: "follow the money". Think about who is financially benefiting from them and who are the losers. Who's threatened by the truth coming out? And those political parties they donate to?

Shouldn't we be talking about the people who have been driven from their homes in Massachusetts because of the known health damaging effects of low frequency noise pollution and then silenced? Shouldn't we be talking about bat testing units being placed in thickly wooded areas on the ground? Shouldn't we be talking about noise measuring monitors being placed underneath very big trees, on the opposite side, to falsely show low noise levels during summer months? Shouldn't we be talking about how the new 500 foot turbines will be even more damaging?

Start caring. Ask questions and demand answers — and pound the table until you get them. It's your community too.

Ray Cunningham