Give wind farms a fair chance

Posted on December 15, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


From an editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Wisconsin cannot afford to let the statewide interest in developing wind farms be frustrated by communities that adopt a “not in my backyard” attitude.

That’s why the state should develop reasonable wind farm siting standards to guide and limit local government regulation of wind farms and to provide an avenue of appeal for developers.

The goal should be to prohibit the “not in my backyard” disease known as NIMBYism while preserving local authority to restrict or reject wind farms when warranted.

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Wind farms have had a fair chance

Wisconsin cannot afford to let statewide interest in developing wind farms be controlled by wind developers that have a “shoehorn them in everywhere “attitude. Wind developers have come to Wisconsin to sell wind turbines, not preserve health and safety. Local control protects public health and safety. A vocal minority of wind developers cannot be allowed to harm the disinterested, uninformed, or misinformed majority of Wisconsin citizens.

Reasonable standards are being developed, and ordinances are being adopted at the local level because the Public Service Commission failed to do so.

The real definition of a NIMBY is not the person who resists turbine installation. It’s the person who wants to put them in everybody else’s backyard but his. Would that be you?

Your use of the word NIMBY shows that you are seriously uninformed about the real health and safety repercussions resulting from industrial wind turbines sited too close to homes.

If you are truly interested in renewable energy think BIO MASS and forget about the wind.

Wisconsin does not have a wind resource.


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