Questions to consider

To the editor: Why is noisy, pretentious ecological-sounding language used to attack commercial, megawatt-scaled, pollution-free wind-energy; is it hoped well believe the technology is ecologically deficient? Is concern greater with issues like size of proposed 388 foot-tall wind-turbines, presumed noise, shadow-flicker, expected rumbling ground under the machines, industrial appearance, prion-formation in cattle (which, if occurring, leads to mad cow disease), or with preserving truly heavily-polluting, miner-killing coal mines and expensive, acid-rain spewing, global-warming-inducing centralized power plants that assure markets for coal and Uranium? Does it want to eliminate (profitable) nuclear plants that leave in their spent fuel rods, medical-sciences deadliest known material, long-lived Plutonium 239 (over time, with half always remaining of what existed 24,000 years earlier, and never gone (according to CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics)? That kills through cancer-and-genetic-mutations. At last, technology can muster enough free market competition from wind-power to eliminate some of these fossil-fueled and nuclear powered monstrosities; is that whats really feared? Yes, noise can disrupt sleep, impairing health; but it can be quieted through setbacks (subject to voluntary written waivers by non-windplant-hosting landowners) and, as its honeymoon ends, wont its ability to disrupt end; wont losing its frightening radical tinge make it seem ordinary, maybe boring dare I even say, sleep-inducing, as it becomes perceived as just white noise? How much of such talks amplified noise about noise and disrupted peace and quiet, makes sense? Should we let a few threaten our physical well-being, and/or that of wildlife, by preventing progress? Need we accept that? Sufficiently large and high, wind-power can curtail, maybe even eliminate dirty centralized power plants. With wind energy benefitting ecology by fighting pollution, does ecological language more appropriately attack or defend it? David E. Manwell, Beekmantown

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