It is my opinion that the Dairy Air Wind Project in Holland should be opposed by all. This project has the potential to remove everything about Holland that makes it a great place to live to the benefit of very few. There is nothing wrong with people making money to keep their business (a farm in this case) operating. Unfortunately when it comes at the expense of the entire community, the community has everything to lose and nothing to gain.
Proponents of the project have said that people who are affected by Industrial Wind Turbines have a “personal preference” to not like the sound that is emitted from them. Nothing could be further from the truth; people don’t make a choice as to whether or not the sound has an affect on them. The big wind companies (who stand to profit the most) are propagating this message and ignoring the research about the health impact of the audible and inaudible sound emissions from wind turbines. This is reminiscent of the big tobacco companies denying their products were causing health problems. Nobody in Holland (has so far) made a choice to live near an Industrial Wind Turbine and if this project (and possibly more like it) are built, it will be difficult to sell a home in Holland, or even near Holland.
My wife and I made a choice to settle in Holland in 1993. Having moved often while in the Air Force, we were able to realize our dream of living in a rural community with wide open views. We loved the weather (even winter, mud season not so much), the scenery and especially appreciated the people who are our neighbors.
We are now at risk of losing everything; our view, possibly our health, and the 23 years of equity we have invested in our home (because nobody finds living in close proximity to a wind turbine a valuable feature in a home). As this process drags on, we’re also seeing our community divided. A divided community only benefits the developers of this project; to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “a community divided against itself cannot stand”.
In closing, I urge people affected by this project to do some research about the detrimental effects of Industrial Wind Turbines. Look deeper than the marketing pieces published by the developer that are appearing in your mailbox. Ask yourself: if wind turbines are so great, why does the developer need to spend so much time, money and effort to convince the public of this? Read online about the personal accounts of people’s homes and lives that are now destroyed. These people have nothing to gain by telling their story, they’ve already lost everything.
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