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Citizens speak out against wind farms  

Unfortunately, I live within a quarter-mile of three of the 340-foot tall turbines, just outside of Dotyville. We moved far enough out into the country and had to buy 35 acres to build a house.

We thought not in our life would we have to worry about the city or a highway passing by our home. Now we have a beautiful west exposure to watch the sunsets and the incoming storms. We built our home just for the view to the west.

We now will be staring at this ugly wind turbine right out our back door.

Go to the front porch with your cup of coffee and sit there and what do you know, here is another ugly tower in the front of my dream home.

Our fellow greedy neighbors, all of whom are farmers that are supposed keepers of the land, sold out to easy money.

The township, who tells everybody what they can and cannot do with their land, is collecting all this shared revenue.

All I get is a dropping property value and my view that my wife and kids have dreamed about when we built a $300,000 dream home completely destroyed.

People have no idea how this is going to look when all the turbines are up. A beautiful part of Fond du Lac County will have been destroyed and we will never get it back. I do believe we need alternative energy sources, but I don’t think this is it.

Tony S. Moyer

Dotyville

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I think the windmills take the beauty out of our county lands. I take drives out there with my parents on weekends just to admire our lands. Now all I see are white propellers in the sky.

Chad Reine

Fond du Lac

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Wind energy, which at most can only supply 1 percent of our electrical energy needs, is not the answer.

Because wind energy is unreliable, especially in Wisconsin, coal and/or nuclear power plants will be required to back up wind energy when the wind isn’t blowing and will continue to provide most of our energy demand.

Conservation is the only real solution to reducing green house gas production. For the cost of every wind turbine, an estimated 500 homes could be insulated and equipped to reduce energy demand permanently.

We have not been told the truth about wind energy. It is the most costly method of production, it is unreliable and has negative health effects from low frequency noise, blade flicker and the constant movement of the blades which effects the well-being of many people.

The Forward Wind Project is a terrible blot on the once beautiful rolling agricultural landscape. The 400-foot turbines dominate the landscape and are visible from many miles in all directions.

Are we so greedy that we would choose to destroy the beauty of our rural landscape forever rather than change our over-consumptive lifestyle to that which the earth can support? Our tax dollars and energy bills will be subsidizing and enriching wind energy developers but will not be solving our ever increasing energy consumption or the global climate change problem.

We are being sold a bill of goods. The medicine man has come to town.

James Congdon

Horicon

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Early settlers in this area were true stewards of the land. They raised animals and crops, and improved the area rather than destroying it by greed and misinformation promoting a sense of progress.

What I now see in my neighborhood is an industrial wasteland. The 400-foot wind turbines evoke images from a science-fiction horror film. It doesn’t look at all like farmland any more.

The vista looks like a factory, a huge money-making, profit-sucking corporate machine.

Curt Kindschuh

Town of Byron

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My opinions on the wind farms are prevalently displayed in my book, “Wind Power … It Blows!”. In short, wind energy is a farce along the same lines as cold fusion.

It is a joke, a blight on the landscape and an affront to common sense. It’s another pork barrel idea that is paid for by all that benefits a very few. Those few are the landowners who signed the leases and the huge corporations that are digesting the “government cheese” that are the subsidies funding wind energy itself.

Mike Winkler

Malone

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I live on Highway HHH in the Town Of Calumet, furthest north of the Blue Sky/Green Field project. I will have one (turbine) going up just south of my house about two-tenths of a mile away. After driving in the area where I see nine turbines erected, I still can’t imagine what it will look like going up in my front yard, if you will.

I am displeased with the turbines. They destroy the beautiful landscape. These nine turbines are four-plus miles away and they stick out like sore thumbs. I will probably see all 88.

I have gone to open houses and asked many questions such as shadow flicker, how many tons of pollutants it created to manufacture, build, ship and erect these turbines. (What is the payback of clean energy?)

I also asked about brownouts, which the company I work for is involved in. If you don’t know, brownouts are during the summer months when you must pay a premium price for electricity during high usages. This allows schools and hospitals etc. to continue to operate. The factory then shuts down to save the energy for such facilities. I asked if this will prevent the need to shut down our plant.

I have received no answers on any of my questions.

In my opinion, it is not about clean air, it is about greed, making money. The energy will be sold to other states. They are laughing all the way to the bank.

Todd and Peggy Momberg

Town of Calumet

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I’m just not happy because it spoils the community. All you see is propellers all over, and it takes away from the scenery. I used to be able to look outside – real nice. But I’ve heard from a lot of people. There are quite a few of them. I just don’t like the way they look. They are awfully big, and the blades of them are so large.

Linda Pickart

Mount Calvary

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So far, the countryside has been defaced, hundreds of acres of farmland have been lost, millions of dollars spent. Now we wait to see how much benefit we get from this ‘free wind.’

Sandy Vercauteren

Byron

Excerpted from: Fond du Lac Reporter

13 January 2008

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