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MARK JOHNSON IN DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS PHONED IN WITH HIS OBJECTION TO WIND TURBINES.
"WHY ARE YOU ONLY REPORTING THE GOOD ASPECTS OF WIND TURBINES AND NOT THE NEGATIVE?"
MARK, WITH RESPECT, I THINK WE DO POINT OUT THE DRAWBACKS TO WIND TURBINES, BUT I TRY TO EMPHASIZE OBJECTIVE PROBLEMS, LIKE THE ECONOMICS AND ENGINEERING ISSUES.
I REALIZE MANY FOLKS HAVE COMPLAINTS ABOUT TURBINES SPOILING THE LANDSCAPE, BUT THAT VALUE JUDGMENT IS NOT UNIVERSAL AND MORE TO THE POINT, IN PLACES LIKE DENMARK WHICH HAVE HAD TURBINES FOR DECADES NOW, PUBLIC ATTITUDES RAPIDLY ADJUST TO THEIR PRESENCE. IN SHORT, WE KNOW THAT 10 YEARS AFTER WIND FARMS ARE INSTALLED MOST LOCAL RESIDENTS HARDLY NOTICE THEM.
OTHER OBJECTIONS LIKE INJURIES TO MIGRATING BIRDS ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED. THERE ARE NO PILES OF DEAD BIRDS UNDER OPERATING TURBINES. SIMILARLY, MANY OF THE EARLY NOISE COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN RECTIFIED BY BETTER DESIGN. IF A TURBINE IS MAKING NOISE THOSE VIBRATIONS CONTITUTE AN INEFFICIENCY, AFTER ALL.
I HAVE READ CAREFULLY REPORTS OF SHODDY CONSTRUCTION AND UNNEEDED DAMAGE DURING THE BUILDING PROCESS, AND WHILE REGRETTABLE, MY INFORMATION SHOWS CURRENT CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES TO BE MUCH IMPROVED AND ESSENTIALLY SATISFACTORY TO LANDOWNERS.
THE REAL INARGUABLE PROBLEMS WITH WIND ENERGY ARE THE TINY OUTPUT - ONE 2 GIGAWATT COAL PLANT IS WORTH 1000 TYPICAL TURBINES; THE LAVISH SUBSIDIES NEEDED, AND THE INABILITY OF OUR CURRENT GRID TO ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE VARIABLE OUTPUT FROM WIND FARMS.
WIND FARMS ARE FEEL-GOOD ENERGY PLACEBOS REQUIRING EXTRAVAGANT PUBLIC SUBSIDIES THAT WILL BE DECADES BECOMING COMPETITIVE WITH COAL OR NUCLEAR POWER.
There are so many inaccuracies in this article that I really do question the value of anyone being able to comment at will on the internet. Please do your research properly before commenting on wind energy. 20% efficient? Not even close. Property values go down? Not according to national studies that have been performed. Huge subsidies? You mean unlike those huge subsidies given to other energy producers, such as coal and NG? I could go on and on...
Why is it that some people feel that they have the divine right to decide what is or isn't appropriate on what goes on , on the neighbors property when they don't pay the taxes?
Why do they think that they own the landscape beyond there own backyard?
Far from being subsidized, in fact it's the opposite. It is common for the price of permits including environmental studies to cost twice as much as the wind generator itself.