It isn’t over until it’s over.
Horicon Marsh Systems Advocates vows to continue fighting the approved $250 million wind farm planned for construction near the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.
In a recent development, Invenergy Wind LLC agrees with statements in a letter that 36 members of Congress sent to President George W. Bush and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James L. Connaughton concerning wind energy and the Department of Defense study, said Neil Palmer, public affairs consultant for the Chicago-based developer.
“We are very pleased to see the congressional delegation taking these positions and that three of them are from Wisconsin,” he said. “While we have apparently been cleared on this issue in regard to the Forward project we feel that it’s important that the DOD complete the study and if there are issues that it provide a description of how to address them.”
The letter, written on Sept. 12 by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Gil Gutknech (R-Minn.), Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), urges Bush and Connaughton to strongly support and encourage wind farm development while the DOD determines whether 400-foot turbines could interfere with military radar systems and ultimately jeopardize national security.
“We can, and we must, balance the important task of protecting our national security with the need to increase our domestic energy security and wind farms offer one efficient, economical and environmentally friendly energy source,” Baldwin wrote.
Joe Breaden, president of HMS Advocates, questioned where the congressional members obtained their information because he said it all looks as though it came from the wind power companies. He also wondered how much money those companies are donating to the congressional members’ election campaigns.
“My wife and I were talking yesterday,” Breaden said. “I said ‘We should dump the eagle as our national symbol and replace it with the dollar sign because nobody gives a damn about the eagle anymore but they do about the money.'”
HMS Advocates opposes the $250 million Forward Wind Energy Center on 50 square miles in northern Dodge and southern Fond du Lac counties because Invenergy Wind wants to build it within 1.2 miles of the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.
HMS Advocates has filed an appeal to the district court of appeals after losing their first appeal on March 23 in Dodge County Circuit Court.
“We’ll take this as far as our legal options will let us,” Breaden said. “I’ve said that many times. So if they think we’re through I’ve got news for them: The flea is back.”
By Brian Paynter/ Staff Reporter
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