In the ongoing resistance to Invenergy’s proposed industrial wind development on Poor Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountain Defenders has presented compelling evidence that large-scale wind development doesn’t make economic sense. In rebuttal, industry lackeys ask why a corporation would build something that wouldn’t generate revenue. True to form, their question evades the point. Nevertheless, here’s the short answer: They full well know why.
Our nation has a long, colorful history of boondoggles – protracted, expensive projects that squander resources and engender lasting harm. The benefits are short-term material, political and/or social gain for key players. Indeed, these massive projects do generate substantial windfalls – for certain self-serving individuals.
How are wind industry speculators getting away with forcing unwelcome, injurious development on communities across the globe? The emperor’s new clothes are green.
While a select few profit, exorbitant costs are borne by citizens, communities and the natural world. There’s ample evidence industrial wind corporations are taking the art of the flimflam to a whole new level. That’s one of many reasons why – along with the North Carolina legislature, which recently banned mountaintop wind development – we refuse to sacrifice our beloved Appalachian Mountains to this preventable tragedy.
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