[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind farms continue to raise controversy  

Credit:  By Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer | Hartsville Vidette | January 25, 2017 | www.hartsvillevidette.com ~~

From New York to the mountains of rural Tennessee, wind farms continue to spark controversy and debate.

A group of concerned citizens in upstate New York recently arose in opposition to a proposed wind farm near their community known for its natural, pristine beauty.

A similar Tennessee uprising was sparked last year by a proposal to build a wind farm on a scenic Cumberland Plateau mountaintop. That debate continues.

Proponents insist such farms represent the future of clean energy. They say the electricity-generating farms produce tax revenue and create jobs.

Opponents claim wind farms are not cost-effective because they require government subsidies. In addition, the towering turbines are visually invasive, and their construction and operation has a detrimental environmental impact.

The future of the proposed Tennessee Crab Orchard project remains undecided. Developers initially hoped to begin construction this year. A group of concerned Cumberland County citizens banded together to oppose the project, while some others in the area support it.

Influential state politicians, including U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Congressman Diane Black, have thrown their support behind the anti-wind farm faction. They express concerns about the adverse environmental impact, in addition to the farms being subsidized by taxpayers.

It has been suggested that a state referendum be held, and let citizens vote on the issue.

Among those opposing the wind farm is the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, a non-political association dedicated to the protection and preservation of the state’s wildlife and environment.

TWF executive Mike Butler expressed his concerns in an editorial, calling wind farms “grossly inefficient” and “not positive for the environment and wildlife.”

Butler cited a report claiming a single West Virginia wind farm kills thousands of birds and bats annually. Another report found that an Oregon wind farm killed at least 38 golden eagles, along with 336 other protected birds that fly into the turbines. Another survey claims that the giant, whirling blades kill approximately 600,000 birds annually nationwide. Proponents insist those numbers are inaccurate.

While the cost/return of wind farms and their destruction of wildlife may be debated, there is no disputing their impact on a natural area. The proposed Crab Orchard wind farm would consist of 23 giant turbines, each towering 600 feet high.

The turbines would be visible for miles, impacting not only the 1,800 acres of land on which they are built, but much of the surrounding area as well.

Also, the natural area around a wind farm has to be clear-cut to accommodate the construction of the giant turbines, and must remain cleared in order to maintain them. That makes the scarring permanent.

The concern is that if the Crab Orchard project goes through it will encourage building more wind farms across the state – opening an environmental Pandora’s Box.

Tennessee’s natural areas are rapidly disappearing beneath developers’ bulldozers, and once lost they are lost forever. More and more environmentally concerned citizens are saying no.

Source:  By Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer | Hartsville Vidette | January 25, 2017 | www.hartsvillevidette.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.