Wind power: Is it worth it?

It is easy to be comfortably unaffected and wonder why people dont want wind turbines, until its your backyard that is turning into an industrial wind farm. With everything green gaining so much attention, it is difficult to sympathize until it happens to you.

Although wind energy may eventually lift some of the burden, Im not convinced the benefits will outweigh the sacrifices required to produce enough energy to make a difference. Northern New York is not some big, uninhabited field to be donated to anyone requiring our services. With the constantly increasing demand for energy, and complete lack of conservation measures being imposed, consider the sacrifice being forced upon our area.

We have a self-described small wind farm coming to Beekmantown consisting of 13 turbines. That doesnt sound so bad until you consider the hundreds of residents facing constant irritating noise, shadow flicker, electronic interference, possible uncontrollable fires, and significant loss of property values (as much as 80%). We can also expect to see 700 acres of oxygen producing forest and habitat demolished to erect these turbines. With the complete lack of restrictions placed upon these wind companies, the loss of vegetation and wildlife habitat we can expect will be devastating. How does this benefit our planet? The energy produced goes to the grid and likely makes it possible for a place like Times Square to continue to use as much energy as possible without restriction (It is fully lit twenty-four hours a day and uses about as much energy as these turbines will produce).

Wind company representatives have admitted that wind farms do not make good neighbors. However, the wind company targeting our residentially-zoned community apparently chose to overlook such concerns. They managed to convince our zoning board to bypass our residential zoning law by claiming that they were providing essential service. This designation is reserved for public utilities, necessitating the use of residentially zoned property for power poles or other required elements necessary to obtain public services. How does this private company qualify for this designation?

Whose responsibility will it be to tear down the turbines when they become inoperable in twenty years or less? Technology is working toward much smaller, less intrusive wind turbines which will produce the same energy output as the over 400 foot towers moving into my backyard; and the towers currently being erected in Churubusco are also much shorter.

Why must we be forced to live with such intrusion and rush right in blindly without regard to consequences?

Courtney Manor

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