The recent – supposedly homegrown – resurgence of interest in construction of a wind farm in Chipmonk is curious. Why now, after this issue has been decisively defeated by the local citizens?
The pro-wind people had their chance in 2011. If they are dissatisfied with how the town is dealing with EverPower, they should do what turbine opponents had to do: Work to put forward candidates more sympathetic to their point of view and then elect them.
One can understand the construction industry’s alliance with billionaires who stand to make millions, even though any jobs created would be temporary. But what about local residents who are willing to destroy the Chipmonk community’s residents’ lives? Why would they side with the wind company? How would you like to find your home suddenly in the middle of a towering industrial installation?
And what about other job prospects the unions could make a plea for? In my opinion, Cattaraugus County’s highway system remains in poor condition, despite the recent trend of increased county spending to make our roads functionally adequate. Why aren’t the unions crying out to further increase the rate of improvement to our roads?
Fixing our roads would make more construction jobs for a longer time. Is there a reason the unions have chosen wind farms over roads? Who is paying the cost for the new pro-wind campaign?
As for “wind farms power America,” during a recent trip across the one western state, in a single day, out of five huge wind installations, only two had so much as a single turbine moving.
There was enough wind and not too much wind, so what happened? Did the flow of money to the billionaires dry up, forcing the truth into full public view? Wind farms don’t make appreciable energy. Wind farms make monetary subsidies – using tax dollars the rest of us will have to pay.
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