Commission could research wind power

Posted on June 5, 2009. Filed under: Wind |


A letter to the editor of the Wisconsin State Journal:

I was surprised to see so many letters critical of wind turbines. I believe they are an intelligent and elegantly simple solution to help America achieve energy independence and some freedom from energy monopolies in a relatively simple, inexhaustible and non-polluting way.

It would also seem the wind turbine business is begging for a country with our huge industrial potential, and in such need of economic salvation, to find something like this to get behind. We could become world leaders again, putting our industries back in business and our people back to work.

I’d hate to see a potential solution to many of our problems be to anyone’s detriment, but claims such as the noise level of a commercial jet and photos taken from long distances with a telephoto lens beg for investigation and clarification. I’m sure both sides of this issue would agree that the full truth deserves to be known.

I propose that a commission of unbiased, responsible and respected people be established to study the facts behind the claims and counterclaims of both sides. When the truth about wind turbines is known to everyone, I am confident that the appropriate compromises can be made to establish effective regulations regarding their successful placement and safe operation. — Boyd Williamson, Reedsburg

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