I read with interest your recent article about the possibility of wind energy coming to Brown County. As someone who lived in Brownwood for a short time and truly loved the “Hill Country” feel of the scenery there, I would caution the county and landowners from jumping into this for nothing more than a quick profit.
If anyone wants to see what these windmills can do to ruin a beautiful view, try taking a quick trip up IH-20 and Highway 84 between Sweetwater and Snyder. That used to be the highlight of my drive from Dallas to Lubbock, to see the beautiful ridges and hills off to the southwest. It has now been ruined with hundreds of massive windmills. Many of these were placed right on top of some of the largest peaks in the county. Heck, take a drive up to the Texas Panhandle and you’ll be able to see the Vega wind farm all the way from Channing, Texas (yes, that’s almost 30 miles away).
I realize we don’t have massive mountains or what outsiders might consider “scenic” here in the middle of Texas, but what we do have, I treasure, and I would hate to see it ruined because a few folks see a way to make a little money for a few years.
20 February 2008
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