These comments are addressed to Ms. Wanda Shirk, chair of the Potter County Planning Commission, in response to her letter to the editor appearing in the Feb. 23 edition of Endeavor News on wind turbines.
Ms. Shirk, perhaps you should try reading something that wasn’t written by the American Wind Energy Association or some other industrial lobby group.
You stated, “Fears that were generated before the projects’ completion are put to rest when the benefits to community are realized and people see that potential problems had been greatly exaggerated.”
Quite the opposite is true!
Look at the fierce opposition in the UK and elsewhere. Look at the hundreds of news articles streaming in every day from around the world from those who listened to people such as you and then woke up to see their rural communities destroyed.
Please show me ONE coal plant in the entire world that has ever been displaced by wind power. Please show me any tangible data from anywhere that shows any drop in carbon dioxide emissions resulted by investing heavily in wind.
Germany just announced it must build 26 new coal plants to balance out the grid. Denmark’s emissions have actually risen proportionally more than other European countries.
You also claimed, “Writers of this ilk also leave their readers with the impression that shadow flicker is a daytime constant.”
I know of absolutely no one of that “ilk” who says this. What was your intention with that statement? Perhaps this: “Let’s get the public to hate these people and dismiss and ridicule them, simply because they’re not buying what I’m selling.”
Would you feel good about your grandbaby sleeping every night just meters from a 40-story wind turbine?
You are arrogantly awash with propaganda. Next time you accuse anyone of fraud, check out the facts. Your pride is getting in the way of learning and properly fulfilling your leadership role in the community.
Essex County Wind Action Group
1 March 2008
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