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Wind farms in Vt.: ‘Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should’  

Credit:  Brattleboro Reformer | March 27, 2013 | www.reformer.com ~~

Kudos to Sally Warren (“Not a Koch Bros. flack,” March 23) for calling out the authors of “What’s the origin of Vermont’s anti-wind sentiment?” (March 15).

To the statement of being puzzled by opposition to wind power by Vermonters when, as they imply, the National Resources Defense Council sees wind power affordable, efficient and abundant (The same could be said of other sources). I checked the NRDC website and could not find a single suggestion by them that large-scale wind power is right for Vermont. Many comparisons were made, none however were made to compare wind and solar. Wind looks good compared to fossil fuels and nuclear. Anything would.

Also from the NRDC: “Still, wind turbines and transmission systems need to be sited carefully to minimize their impacts on wildlife and the landscape.” And: “Major federal incentives for wind energy include a tax credit for the power a wind turbine generates over its first ten years of operation. This production tax credit expires at the end of 2012, and could take 37,000 renewable energy jobs with it if Congress fails to renew it.”

Ultraconservatives against wind energy? Those folk would be pro oil. Alternative energy sources cannot be good for the oil producers.

Without tax credits and subsidies, could big wind survive? Without subsidies
and government backing, nuclear would likely disappear.

When the turbines have reached the end of their lifespan, who is going to rebuild the mountain tops and return them to their original state. I don’t think we can put back the ridge lines blasted away to allow building of the wind farms.

Large-scale wind farms in Vermont? Just because we can, does not mean we should. Take a stroll through Iowa to see the beauty of miles and miles of 400 foot wind turbines. It is a sight to behold. Once is enough.

Energy production can and should be an issue of local control, if we choose not to have large-scale wind farms in our communities, or nuclear reactors next door, we should be able to make that determination.

Liberty, the the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

Nick Partrick,

Vernon, March 25

Source:  Brattleboro Reformer | March 27, 2013 | www.reformer.com

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