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What happens to wind turbines when they die?  

Credit:  PF Bentley, Honolulu Civil Beat, www.civilbeat.com 27 October 2011 ~~

This film shows what happens to wind turbines when they died after 20 years on Hawaii Island. Needless to say, residents of both Molokai and Lanai do not want this apocalyptic scene to occur on their islands. I filmed & edited this film for I Aloha Molokai, a group on the island of Molokai in Hawaii that opposes the installation of wind turbines on Molokai and an undersea cable from Molokai to send power to Oahu.

This is a continuing modern-day David vs. Goliath story of a little island trying to fight big government and big corporations from ruining our lifestyle with very inefficient big money technology to power Oahu.

It should be noted that there is NO benefit to Molokai. After ruining our aina (land), the resulting little power all goes to Oahu. None of it goes for Molokai.

This is an ongoing and growing issue for Molokai and something residents are very opposed to. In two recent polls over 95 percent of the population do not want wind turbines on the island.

While other islands in state have been overdeveloped, Molokai is the last truly Hawaiian island in people, culture and lifestyle.

This is also a very personal project for me. I live on Molokai and specially West Molokai where these ninety 420-foot wind turbines are planned to be built.

For more information on I Aloha Molokai go to their website

For Lanai information go to: friendsoflanai.org

Tech Info: I used a Sony EX-1R and Canon 7D for this film.

About the author: PF Bentley is a documentary filmmaker living on Molokai.

Source:  PF Bentley, Honolulu Civil Beat, www.civilbeat.com 27 October 2011

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