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These wind turbines are blight on N.H.'s beautiful landscape

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To The Daily Sun,

Last winter a group of us stayed overnight at the AMC cabin on Mt. Cardigan. The "high cabin" is located about two miles up a meandering trail through the woods and sits about a half mile from the summit of the mountain. Being a winter trek, we all had mini crampons, hefty packs and a few sleds for firewood for the cabin woodstove. The snowy trail eventually brought us to a clearing in the trees where we could take in a view of the valley below and have a quick respite for the last push to the cabin. Much to my dismay, the vista we had been waiting for was obscured by a row of tall, wind turbines spaced along the distant ridge line. Here we were, in the middle of Mt. Cardigan State park, a little escape from the civilization below, and the first good view we encounter is a line of man-made winged, monoliths, spinning in the distance.

In my opinion, these turbines are blight on this state's beautiful landscape. The abundance of unspoiled scenery is what makes New Hampshire so special. I also understand that these wind farms have proven very deleterious to bats and birds, including hawks and eagles. These birds soar and ride the winds and air currents along the high ridgelines and encounter these spinning blades while hunting food. Today, I actually read where Washington gave a 30 year moratorium to some wind farms that basically absolves them from killing protected bird species. I think New Hampshire and the whole nation should take a very close look at this energy source. These wind towers present a serious blot on the landscape and the electricity they produce is not worth the damage to the scenic beauty of the country or the toll on our wildlife. The thought of majestic birds of prey, including the symbol of our great country, the American bald eagle, meeting their demise from these spinning giants is a disgrace.
Sean Kenneally