The Tennessee Wildlife Federation has added its voice to growing opposition to a proposed 1,800-acre wind farm atop the Cumberland Plateau.
The Crossville City Council last week voted to oppose the Crab Orchard project, and a number of groups around the county have been formed to combat it.
The Wildlife Federation agrees with critics, including Senator Lamar Alexander, that the towering 40-story turbines are not just unsightly but are also environmentally destructive.
There are concerns that if the Cumberland Plateau wind farm is approved, more could follow in other pristine areas around the state.
Most wind farms are government-subsidized and – according to opponents – produce very little “clean energy” in proportion to the cost.
Proponents claim environmental concerns are exaggerated. However, they can’t refute the fact that they scar not just the natural area in which they are located, but mar the vista for miles around.
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