To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to express my concern of our state moving forward with alternative energy resources, specifically wind power. Large corporations having been railroading communities across the nation and erecting industrial wind turbines in the name of alternative sustainable energy. They have strong lobbyists as well as subsidies offered by the federal government paid for by my and your taxes. Without these subsidies, these corporations would not be in business. It would not be profitable and therefore it would not make good business sense.
Unfortunately, there are already many industrial wind turbines in our state. The long term effects financially to local communities can be devastating due to heavy tax burdens and loss of property values. Environmentally, the loss is irrevocable. The destruction of our ridge lines can never be repaired. The watersheds which provide our clean water will be polluted, the number of bird and bats killed due to the size and speed of the turbine blades will soar and wildlife will be displaced. Existing turbines are greater than 300 feet tall and the height of newly proposed turbines of nearly 500 feet will create a further eyesore on our beautiful mountains. Those living in close proximity will be forced to deal with the noise that is generated and potential associated health risks.
The term "wind farm" created by these corporations falsely promotes an image of a friendly, "green" environmental structure. In reality, they are industrial sized wind turbines being built by large corporations whose CEO's have no regard for communities that are gravely affected by such a project. It is a shame that our governor and others with political influence are willing to advocate such ill-fated economic and environmental projects while knowing full well the devastating consequences to our state. Industrial wind turbines are not cheap, they are not "green" and they certainly are not for "the greater good."
I would like to urge your readers to research what is happening in our communities and not rely on a "not in my backyard" sense of well-being. This will affect every citizen in the long run. There are several communities in the state that have passed rights based ordinances which uses the democratic process to assert the unalienable right to local self government and protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents — both human and natural communities. Thus, elevating the rights of residents and the environment above the claimed rights of corporations.
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