The proposed wind factory in the Carlock area has provoked heated debates.
As someone opposed to this project, I have been called vicious and labeled an “obstructionist.”
Harsh words and raw emotions have been expressed by both sides. However, whether you are pro wind, are a participating landowner, live in the proposed area or not, there are questions we all should ask:
Is approving a second wind plant before the first one has produced electricity or paid a tax bill sound comprehensive planning and management for McLean County?
Is there not value in preserving our natural landscapes?
Is there not value in preserving our rich farmland?
Should we accept wind plants without question whenever and wherever the wind companies dictate in the name of green electricity?
Should communities that are divided or against a wind plant be forced to accept one?
Does a small town or rural citizen have less of a voice than an urban citizen? Does a small residential tract owner have less of a voice than a large-farm owner? Do those whose families have lived here for generations have more of a voice than newcomers?
Accepting wind factories blindly is dangerous.
Allowing wind companies free range because of the “We-have-to-do-something!” attitude, is like throwing spaghetti against the refrigerator, hoping it sticks and worrying about the mess later.
Ignoring and minimizing genuine concerns of the affected residents and neighbors is dangerous, too.
The scars of a divided community will last far longer than any turbine and the lease payments. Only those who’ve experienced small town/rural living can fully appreciate the value of a united, harmonious community. Blindly sacrificing that is not a price any of us should be willing to accept.
Rhonda M. Baer
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