I recently attended my town meeting in Highland Plantation and listened to wind developers announce the tangible benefits that we would be getting once their wind project is complete. We were offered a significant drop in our tax bill, a lower electric bill, and other wonderful benefits that we would receive for being the host town of their 40+ wind turbines.
How many times in my life have I heard people promise me things that seem too good to be true and they turn out to be just that, too good to be true. Someone recently told me that there are two things sure in life, “death and taxes.” I’m sure our tax bill won’t stay low for long. I just don’t understand why some people can believe the words that come from a former politician, who is one of the developers.
My neighbor and stepmother asked the developers if they would buy her house if she can’t tolerate the noise, since the noise has been proven to cause many health problems. After all, if they are so sure the noise won’t bother us or make us sick, then why not put it in writing that they would buy us out if we can’t tolerate the noise.
Don’t we all want relief from these tough economic times? But at what expense do we want it? Our health, quality of life, and our American dream should not have to be exchanged for it. And in reality, the promises are coming from a politician.
If having these wind turbines made such a big impact in global warming, then it would be all worth it, but no one has shown real numbers to prove that it does.
The motive to build these is money, not to save our world. Americans want to save our earth, and that gives businessmen a great sales pitch. That’s what this really is, a sales pitch.
Heidi Emery is a resident of Highland Plantation
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