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LeBrun right about bad impact of wind turbines

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Fred LeBrun was right on the mark in his Aug. 18 column, “This wind blows ill for wilderness.” Four-hundred-foot wind turbines do not belong in the Adirondack Park. The small amount of energy to be gained from 10 windmills is not worth the price of destroying the views from Gore Mountain and the Siamese Pond Wilderness, and setting such a dangerous precedent for the park. Big business wind developers and wind turbine manufacturers are licking their lips just waiting for an opening in the Adirondacks, where there are literally hundreds of mountain tops and other sites that may be suitable for wind turbines.

The hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Adirondacks each year do not come to see steel structures the size of 40-story buildings. They can stay in New York City or Albany for that.

If the Adirondack Park Agency is unable to deal with this threat, it may be time for the Legislature to address the problem. A starting place may be the bill in Congress by Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. John Warner of Virginia that recognizes and deals with the danger of windmills to the beauty of our national parks and other places of beauty such as the Great Smokey Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.

THOMAS J. FORREST

North River