Good neighbor? It was interesting reading the wind turbine article in the May 6 Tribune, but I have to comment on one part that really caught my attention. Is Ag Wind, one of the developers, saying it will give landowners within a half-mile of the projects $500 per year?
A couple things strike as odd. Why landowners within one-half mile? Why not one mile? Why at all? Is there a relationship between wind turbines and the half-mile mark? If turbines are so great, why then does Ag Wind apparently feel the need to pay nearby landowners to be “good neighbors?”
Remember all those things we’re taught to watch for: “If it’s too good to be true…” “What’s the catch” and “Don’t take candy from strangers.” If someone was to offer you $500 per year for nothing, shouldn’t you be wary?
Is this a new friendly corporate vision or an old-fashioned strategy to buy votes? Buffalo and Trempealeau county landowners, watch out and be sure to read the fine print.
16 May 2007
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