- National Wind Watch: Wind Energy News - https://www.wind-watch.org/news -

Editorial: Tell supervisors to just say “no” tomorrow to Tule Wind and other destructive energy projects

Contact all supervisors through the links below

Supervisors’ hearing 9 am Wed., 1600 Pacific Coast Highway downtown

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

August 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)–Please join me today in taking action to preserve the character of our communities, the beauty of our region, and the safety of people across San Diego County who may be imperiled by another horrific wildfire.

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, San Diego Supervisors will be voting on the first big wind project in our region. Tule Wind would erect turbines 450 feet tall with blade spans the size of football fields –machines with a high fire risk and health hazards to area residents and wildlife—in one of East County’s most scenic and fire prone areas. If allowed, other industrial wind projects will soon follow.

Supervisors are also voting on a cross-border Sierra Juarez transmission line to bring wind power from an environmentally destructive proposed project in Mexico, as well as substation in East County that would enable more massive-scale energy projects in our region.

I oppose this senseless and dangerous destruction our scenic mountain, desert and rural communities for industrial-scale energy projects which are owned by giant multi-national energy and oil companies. Engineering experts have calculated that San Diego can easily supply more energy for less money through rooftop and parking lot solar without this devastation.

Wind turbines pose high fire risks for our region. A wildfire in Riverside last month started with a wind turbine that malfunctioned.  So have many other fires.  Turbines also attract lightning, another fire source.  In McCain Valley, a narrow single-access entrance to designated wilderness areas and campgrounds, this could prove deadly.

These projects also pose very serious health problems to residents, endanger wildlife, and desecrate Native American cultural resources.

Here are two letters I’ve sent to our Supervisors that outline many of the serious concerns:

Letter 1 – fire and safety hazards
Letter 2- serious concerns about the wind industry and its impacts

Below are their email addresses. I encourage you to send your own letters today and to show up tomorrow morning at the San Diego County Administration building to testify as well. This may be among the most important votes our Supervisors will ever be asked to make in terms of its massive and irreversible impact on East County.

To: ron.roberts@sdcounty.ca.gov, greg.cox@sdcounty.ca.gov, dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov, pam.slater@sdcounty.ca.gov, bill.horn@sdcounty.ca.gov
Cc: adam.wilson@sdcounty.ca.gov, Michael.DeLaRosa@sdcounty.ca.gov, Dustin.Steiner@sdcounty.ca.gov, Sachiko.Kohatsu@sdcounty.ca.gov, Gabriel.Gutierrez@sdcounty.ca.gov, Mark.Slovick@sdcounty.ca.gov