Wind Power News: July 2003
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Promoters of the wind energy craze, absentee landowners and a few locals hoping for a windfall are about to destroy the soul of the Flint Hills. Complete story »
Commercial wind turbines are gigantic machines that distort natural light, sound and space. Their impacts are constant, making them oppressive when situated too near to homes and the places where we live. Complete story »
The study pointed out that when a community focuses on tourism as a strategy for economic vitality, it is important that they coordinate tourism and other economic development activities. Weak or non-existent planning and zoning, polluting industries, etc. can lower the visitors’ impression and the likelihood of repeat visits. Furthermore, that essential word of mouth advertising, so wonderful when everything works well, can work against a community that fails to keep up its appearance and its offerings (YNG study). Complete story »
Sir Sean Connery put himself on a collision course with environmental groups last night by backing a campaign to protect Scotland’s beauty spots from windfarms. The actor, who lives in the Bahamas, has thrown his weight behind a campaign to halt the development of wind turbines across the country after contacting an activist whose organisation protests against the farms being built in scenic areas. He left Bob Graham, the campaigner, speechless when he phoned him recently to ask how he . . . Complete story »
Is wind the future for WNC? Myriad of issues surrounds proposed placement of wind farms in the region
New technology, better engineering and more aesthetically pleasing wind turbines are resuscitating wind power programs across the country To some, the high-tech windmills are beautiful, impressive, sleek and productive icons, a tribute to the union of human engineering and the gentle breath of Mother Nature. To others they are an eyesore, a potential blight on the ridgetops of the Southern Appalachian, to be avoided at all costs. To most, they probably fall somewhere in between. A coalition of six environmental . . . Complete story »