Wind turbine controversy

Bravo to Stephen Lupton and Roger and Kathie Walters for their entertaining and informative letters to the editor printed in the Saturday edition of The Advertiser-Tribune. They wrote what many of us have been thinking and wondering about during this whole wind turbine controversy.

I feel that there is a silent majority in favor of wind turbines for clean energy. We need more people to speak out with letters to this newspaper and to county trustees. I can only hope our legislators care enough about what happens concerning clean air, climate change and renewable energy to protect the proposed wind turbines. A wind farm can be expected to generate millions of dollars in new property tax revenue over time. Towns and school districts would benefit for years.

So what if the turbines are 600 feet tall? That just means less obstruction of the view at ground level. I agree with Roger and Kathie Walters in that the wind turbines do appear to me to be stately and majestic, certainly no worse than cell phone towers, power poles, etc., that we currently use.

Coal-fired plants releasing noxious gas and particulates into the air and gas powered plants putting CO2 into the air contribute to climate change, which is bad for people. Continued increased temperatures could cause extinction of some animals and plants, which eventually could be very dangerous for continuation of our food supply. We need wind turbines and other means of clean energy for our sakes and our future generations.

The opposition is so well organized with multiple meetings, lots of yard signs and letters to the local newspapers and county officials that one can’t help wonder where all of the financial backing is coming from. Is it possible that the fossil fuel industry has a hand in all of this, either directly or indirectly, through dummy organizations to protect profits? I don’t know. If only those in favor of wind turbines were as organized as the opposition is.

Wind turbines will help us to get to our renewable energy goals. Arrays of large turbines, known as wind farms, are becoming an increasingly important source of intermittent renewable energy and are used by many countries as part of a strategy to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. It’s a good opportunity to use the natural resources that we have.

Jim Donaldson,