The industrial wind issue in Cape Vincent, NY is now less of a debate of the merits of industrial wind than it was a year ago. The pro-wind faction in our community has not been able to prove to the Cape Vincent voting public that the merits of industrial wind outweigh the economic and social impacts that industrial wind has now and will continue to bring to our community.
If industrial wind was the good deal for Cape Vincent, NY, claimed by pro-wind, then there would already be one hundred and fifty white towers of testosterone in my backyard. But, not so. As Cape Vincent citizens learn more about industrial wind, I observe more apprehensions. There is a reason why the present town board now consists of four anti-wind members and are about to appoint another anti-wind town board member to the position vacated by the last remaining pro wind town board member.
And, our community of Cape Vincent is not unique. There is not one single industrial wind targeted community in the whole world that went into a state of civic doldrums after wind turbines were forced upon them. Industrial wind is bad news for any community as impacted home owners soon wake up to the fact that they are not living with a wind farm, but with a wind factory complete with moving parts, noise and devaluation of the homes.
Let the home rule debate begin. In Cape Vincent, it is now home rule vs. corporate rule.
This is what Cape vincent citizen, David Lamora has to say:
Trying to understand the underlying motivations and implications of the state’s Article X energy policy, I revisited Lester Brown’s 2008 book “Plan B 3.0,” a compelling account of the imminent dangers facing our civilization and our world. Brown embraces the theory of man-made global warming and suggests a “great mobilization” aimed at creating a new global economy, with a warp- speed conversion to supposedly carbon-free renewable energy sources leading the way to environmental salvation.
His writings have become a holy grail to the environmental, political and corporate movement dedicated to the promotion of industrial-scale wind turbines and other alternative technologies. He asserts that our fate relies on individual commitment and participation on a global level.
Does Article X embody that philosophy, or is it an all-too-real manifestation of Orwell’s 1984 omnipresent and omnipotent “Big Brother”? Did Brown envision a society stripped of its ability to determine its own destiny by oppressive governmental intrusion, manipulated and compromised by corporate interests in the guise of environmental preservation? Did he envision a persistent pursuit of real science and logic to guide us on this quest, or did he envision the erosion of basic principles, such as objectivity, ethical conduct, sound economics, democracy, honesty, civility, neighborliness, fairness and trust, all leading to fractured communities?
Did he envision that duly elected representatives, at all levels, would willingly subvert our regulatory system, trample and manipulate existing guidelines for development, or that advocates for environmental justice would ignore or marginalize real-life threats that industrial-scale wind energy pose? Could he possibly have envisioned local leaders fearful to implement policies that adequately reflect and safeguard the values and assets of their own community? Did he honestly envision that we would embrace a technology as the solution to our global demise without objectively gauging its effectiveness, impact or cost? Could he have imagined citizens imploring state governments to usurp their constitutional rights for their own personal profit?
Article X represents an alarming abrogation of self-governance. It displays an arrogance of bureaucracy and reveals a disturbing glimpse of a society willing to abandon many of the fundamental principles that have shaped our history and thousands have died to preserve. I can’t believe the vision of Lester Brown and his avid followers embraces or accepts this departure from reason, principle and democratic process, if indeed it recognizes the inherent danger it manifests.
Article X must be opposed.
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