“Expert [expert in what?] says wind foes dislike turbines’ looks.”
Well, duh, what is there to like about them? They are ugly below ground as well as on top of it.
Below ground is the footing or foundation for the turbine. The turbine tower will be anchored to a foundation consisting of more than 1,000 tons of steel rebar and concrete. The foundations’ depths can vary from 6 feet to 30 feet, depending on the composition of the land, and can be 40 feet to 50 feet wide.
The platform will support steel towers that weigh between 140 and 225 tons – depending on their height, nacelles (machinery housing) that weigh between 50 and 70 tons (and are as big as a school bus), and the rotor or blade assembly, which weighs between 35 and 50 tons, for a total weight of 200 to 345 tons.
And the so-called expert is telling us that these abominations are quiet?
Each turbine requires its own access road. Those roads will vary in length and location across a landowner’s property, depending on the wind developer’s needs and wishes. (Visit http://betterplan.squarespace.com to see for yourself.)
You want to hear from a real expert? Go to www.wind-watch.org/documents/wind-turbine-syndrome-3 and read what Nina Pierpont, M.D., Ph.D., has to say. She has documented symptoms of sleep disturbance – not simply being awakened, but awakening in a panic (flight or fight response), along with headache, tinnitus, ear pressure, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, visual blurring, tachycardia and irritability.
“Many had supported the wind farm project before all this happened. Now, some became so ill, they literally abandoned their homes, locked the door and left,” Pierpont wrote.
I wonder how the “expert” arrived at his conclusions? Could it be the $50,000 from the wind energy companies? Who are they kidding? Property values don’t go up in a wind farm.
Sue McGinn, Tampico
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