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March 7, 2013

Letters to the editor - Friday, March 8, 2013

More wind farm research needed

Hardly a day goes by without an ad in the Kokomo Tribune by juwi talking about all of the benefits they will provide to Tipton County with the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm. They don’t mention Howard County but the turbines will be on Howard Co. 500 South/Tipton Co. 700 North.

Upon closer examination, these wind turbine benefits are like catching gnats in the night sky. The only benefactors seem to be the land lease holders, turbine material(s) pipeline, and the shareowners of juwi. Issues of liability are skirted by the creation of LLCs, trusts, etc. Some farmland lease holders will say that no opposition group has the right to tell them how to use their land. One Russiaville farmer said on a talk show earlier this week that members of the opposition are the same people running around in off-road vehicles tearing up and destroying farm land. I would say for a fact that most members of the opposition consist of doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and business people who have impeccable credentials. Their children are brilliant students who will be the future leaders of our community and country. This Russiaville farmer is probably one of the first in line to take any and all subsidized monies available. That’s our tax money!

I talked to one landowner with a lease who said “don’t blame me; blame Obama.” Earlier this week, I stopped at a gas station in Windfall and talked to a few people. To start the conversation, I’d indicate the turbine were really big. Their responses included words such as “ugly, grotesque, alien, and black eye.” It appeared as if they were still in disbelief the turbines were real. I mentioned I had heard it would cost $5 million to $15 million to dismantle one. They just shook their heads. It is a fact these 500 foot tall turbines that are near subdivisions such as Chippendale in Howard County, villages, and towns will hurt home values as much as 40 percent. Homes closest to the turbines may not even be saleable. Estimated home value loss in just Chippendale is $9 million!

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