Recently, there has been an overwhelming amount of advertising and letters to the editor from industrial wind industry association representatives and developers. The reason for this is the opposition to a massive wind farm development in Lincoln County. Dakota Power Community Wind is attempting to convince the residents of Lincoln County that most of those in Lincoln County want this project. The reality is that those within the footprint have the most to gain or lose, yet only 20 percent of the land within the footprint of this project is signed-up. This tells me that 80 percent of those within the footprint are not in favor of this project.
You must remember that these developers and promoters are a business that is attempting to gain your support by giving you a perception that is not based on reality. Recently, an American Wind Energy Association director wrote a letter to the Argus Leader. In it she had to go all the way back to 1950 to tell us the lack of subsidies the wind industry has received. Let’s put some reality into this and look back to 2010. It was a mild year for wind energy expansion. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association wind received 42 percent of the energy subsidies, yet produced only 2 percent of the power. In comparison, coal received 10 percent of the subsidies and produced 45 percent of the power; natural gas received 6 percent in subsidies, yet produced 25 percent of the power; and nuclear received 21 percent in subsidies and produced 20 percent of the power. This is the reality they are unwilling to share with the public.
Don’t be misled by these promoters. Their only interest is in themselves and their perceptions based on only a small slice of the facts.
David Brouwer, Beresford
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