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Wind farm is positively a bad idea for county  

I have to respond to DeKalb County Board Chairwoman Ruth Anne Tobias’ comments concerning Florida Power & Light Energy’s push to “green up” our county (see last Wednesday’s Page A1 article “Wind power plan could arrive in July”).

In the article, Tobias said of the wind farm plan that she hopes “people would think about it more positively.” I agree.

Will there be a tremendous surge in construction traffic, noise and dust because of the more than 250 construction workers and the equipment that will descend on our county? I am positive.

Will there be the benefit of cheaper electricity for all residents of DeKalb County because of the project? I am positive there will not.

Will there be a marked change in the landscape of our county forever, a change not many – except those financially benefiting from the project – will embrace? I am positive.

Will there be property tax breaks for those residents whose way of life is most directly affected by the turbines and have little or no say in their placement? I am positive there will not.

Since it seems Ms. Tobias is trying to sell the project, will there be fair representation of all residents of DeKalb County? I am not so sure.



Daily Chronicle

12 May 2008

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