Save Our Skyline (S.O.S) is a conservation group that believes the technology of wind turbines is seriously flawed, and the environmental damage extends far beyond the landscape. While not against wind power, itself, there are five criteria that should be addressed when installing turbines. 1) It does not detract from the natural scale and character of the local neighboring environments. 2) It does not endanger people living nearby or those on foot or traveling by. 3) It does not blight the lives of people living nearby with noise, flicker or moving shadows. 4) It does not create divisions among local people. 5) It does not lead to people becoming economically disadvantaged through reduced property values.
Good planning is about balance. And I do not believe that any of the communities that have let in these mechanical boondoggles have met any of the criteria mentioned. In recent decisions, Quincy said no to turbines. Plymouth, Duxbury and Falmouth said no. Kingston wished it had a chance to say no and many in Scituate now just say, oh no!
The irreparable ecological damage, loss of skyline and distressing divisions within communities caused by industrial wind turbines far outweigh any perceived benefit of their insignificant and unreliable contribution to our energy needs. Turbines represent an unreliable, intermittent output of electricity from a technology covering a huge spatial footprint for negligible savings of CO2 emissions, while needing backup from fossil fuelled electricity. The CO2 reduction of 100 turbines is so insignificant it is less than what is emitted in one jumbo jet flight across the Atlantic. That turbines help the environment is an outright lie. Industrial wind power cannot justify the huge sacrifice of that most finite and priceless resource, our unspoiled rural and marine environment.
I invite everyone to investigate the scam of the Green Energy Movement. For starters there is The Wind Farm Scam by Dr. John Etherington or Wind Turbine Syndrome by Dr. Nina Pierpont. Do your own research, come to your own conclusions. But wind turbines will never save you a penny and will not improve the environment one iota. In fact, there is on average one ton of neodymium, a radioactive magnetic metal, inside these turbines made in China that now sit on our shores. The mining and refining of this metal is an environmental catastrophe, which is another story all together. This local and national obsession with wind turbines is one of the greatest political and environmental blunders of our time.
– Donald J. Ivas, founder, Save Our Skyline, Scituate
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