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June 16, 2013

June 16, 2013: Letters to the editor

‘CAVE’ residentstilt at windmills

Like Don Quixote, the CRB is looking at the windmill as an evil enemy to be smitten and driven from the land.

The problem is CRB members are not being responsible. If they were so concerned, they would disconnect from the power grid, freeing the planet from the oil, coal, natural gas, non-renewable energy and the pollution that electric generation produces.

Wind is abundant, non-polluting and is generated by the atmosphere. At this time only solar is also a non-polluting source, but Indiana only produces about 4.5 hours of sun per day on average compared to wind, so solar is at the present too expensive.

Opponents claim windmills are only profitable because of tax subsidies, but they say nothing of the billions we give Big Oil every year. In the United States, credible estimates of annual fossil fuel subsidies range from $10 billion to $52 billion annually, while even efforts to remove small portions of those subsidies have been defeated in Congress.

Opponents claim health issues from multiple issues with windmills, but an independent expert panel established by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health gave wind a clean bill of health in January 2012, based on analyzing all available scientific studies. The agencies reported: “There is no evidence for a set of health effects from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as a ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’. We conclude the weight of the evidence suggests no association between noise from wind turbines and measures of psychological distress or mental health problems.”

Why is it that people who are against something always find “facts,” true or otherwise, spend hours looking for the bad but never suggest alternatives, never considering if it helps others or the planet? Windmills are not the cure-all for all our energy needs but are ahead of everything else now.

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