I am entirely against the Strauss wind energy project or any other wind energy project.
America in general and California in particular would not need additional energy if all legal and illegal immigration were stopped and non-citizens sent home.
The slaughter of birds by wind turbines is scandalous, and is not acceptable just because the federal and state governments allow such slaughter to continue. Birds cannot comprehend blade tips moving at rotary speeds of up to 400 mph. The killing of golden eagles, bald eagles, ospreys and vultures is bad enough, but killing a condor will be beyond forgiveness.
Whether a wind turbine is planted on land or at sea, great low-frequency vibrations will be propagated in all directions. These acoustic pressure waves travel through the air, rock, soil or sea and disturb all animal life. A desert devoid of life will be created as time passes and the environmental insult continues. This truth was discovered in the Baltic Sea when turbines were planted off-shore from Germany and all sea mammals departed the area.
This wind farm is not a solution to a Lompoc problem. Lompoc has its own energy sources. Lompoc does not need Strauss’ energy output.
Thirty miles of new or widened roads in the back country will do untold harm to the endangered species already known to be there. Miguelito Canyon is beautiful as it is. Strauss will mutilate it. No thank you.
Finally, eight miles of aerial high-tension power cables are a wildfire threat.
If Santa Barbara wants more clean electrical energy, build the wind farm along Camino Cielo Road in Santa Barbara.
David W. Grill
|Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding