Wind farms: Continuing controversy

Posted on January 14, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


From an article by Sharon Roznik in the Fond du Lac Reporter:

Wind farms looming on the local horizon have brought the promise of renewable energy and pitted neighbor against neighbor.

As projects set in the rural townships of Eden, Empire, Calumet and Marshfield move forward, citizens for and against the towering turbines continue to speak out.

Some see the beauty of giant blades turning in the wind and herald the environmental benefits of green energy. Others oppose corporate infiltration into their quiet countryside and backyards and consider the turning turbines an eyesore and a product of greed.

“We moved far enough out into the country and had to buy 35 acres to build a house,” said Tony Moyer of Dotyville. “We thought not in our life would we have to worry about the city or a highway passing by our home. We now will be staring at this ugly wind turbine right out our back door. Go to the front porch with your cup of coffee and sit there and what do you know, here is another ugly tower in the front of my dream home. Our fellow greedy neighbors, all of whom are farmers that are supposed keepers of the land, sold out to easy money.”

Becky Holl of Brownsville feels much differently about wind farms.

“It’s about time our generation takes responsibility for the energy situation,” she said. “I wish we had enough acreage to put one up ourselves. I would ask all residents to join in the effort of helping out our energy crunch.”

Sidebars to the story offer reader comments and a timeline on the three Fond du Lac area projects — Forward Wind, Blue Sky Green Field, and Cedar Ridge.

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