In response to the article, “Firm plans to open wind farm in 2009” (Jan. 14):
The other day I was following a Hummer with a “Conserve Natural Resources” license plate. Was the driver being sarcastic? Does that driver think that encouraging others to care about our planet gives him/her the license to destroy it?
Might wind farms be another “license symbol,” sending a similarly contrary message?
Before attending a conference on wind energy last December, I was leaning toward thinking wind turbines could be beneficial.
Unfortunately, as your article pointed out, their contribution to our overall energy appetite is negligible. They are too little, too late, and their ecological ill effects are tremendous.
One scientist at the conference titled his message: “What we get in exchange for environmental harm,” and we don’t get much.
Wind energy, like oil, means huge profits for a few while the rest of us watch life on our planet face yet another threat to extinction.
How I wish that the threat of having our hillsides marred with giant, noisy demons would inspire each of us to use just a little bit less energy.
— Dorthea J. Montaine, Harrisburg
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