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Credit:  North Adams Transcript, www.thetranscript.com 31 January 2011 ~~

Scott Stafford’s article about the Hoosac wind project [Hoosac wind project to be done this year, Jan. 24] left me feeling more chilled than the recent weather because it was so one-sided.

In this article. Mr. Stafford blames residents in Monroe and Florida who oppose the turbines, and Greenberkshires for delaying the project, cost overruns and the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act, which was before the state Legislature last year. But he does not give any of these people a chance to present their side of this issue.

I firmly believe that proponents of wind turbines have every right to hold and express their views, but what about those with a different point of view? Some of us feel that it is a very bad idea to industrialize this lovely area. We feel that we are being badly exploited by huge international wind companies like General Electric and Iberdrola, who at great cost are selling us a technology that will do nothing to combat global warming or solve our energy problems.

Mr. Stafford seems happy to accept the word of an Iberdrola spokesperson about the capacity of the 20 wind turbines to be installed and the number of homes they will power.( I hope he won’t buy a used car solely on the advice of the salesperson). But he was unwilling to even consider views from the other side of this issue.

Of course Mr. Stafford has his own ideas about wind projects to which he has every right. But as a journalist, he has a duty to at least give the other side a chance to be heard. Otherwise news becomes merely propaganda.

Trina Sears Sternstein


Jan. 27

Source:  North Adams Transcript, www.thetranscript.com 31 January 2011

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