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Irresponsible editorial  

Credit:  www.bcrnews.com 20 August 2012 ~~

Recently, the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board published a shining endorsement of the Green River Wind Farm in the Daily Gazette. I would like to set the record straight on some of their assumptions:

Myth 1: Construction of turbines creates local jobs in the short term.

Fact: Developers bring their own crews in for construction. Very few local workers will receive any benefit.

Myth 2: Turbine maintenance creates local jobs long term.

Fact: Whiteside is considering nine turbines—one technician maintains 10 turbines, which equals one long-term job. At Mainsteam’s maximum estimate of Phase 1 and Phase 2, there would be 290 turbines over three counties, so we would share approximately 29 jobs between the three counties.

Myth 3: The value of the turbines means property tax dollars to local governments, especially public school districts.

Fact: General state aid to local schools is reduced based on increases to property tax revenues and may take years to resume after turbines are decommissioned – just ask economics professor David Loomis of the ISU Renewables Program!

Myth 4: Rent paid on land with turbines provides property owners with additional income that can buy goods and services from local businesses.

Fact: Most landowners who have contracted to host turbines are absentee landowners from other communities or states – that money won’t be spent here.

Red Herring Propaganda: Imagine all the highways that never would have been built.

Fact: Wind farms cannot be compared to highways! The cost of highways and wind farms is shared by all, but only a select few actually benefit from turbines – most who are harmed will never benefit or receive compensation.

These are a few of the problems associated with wind turbines coming to our communities. It’s a shame SVM has been as irresponsible in their endorsement as our county zoning committee!

Amanda Norris


Source:  www.bcrnews.com 20 August 2012

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