Lunch speakers focus on negative aspects of wind farm development
Four speakers took turns explaining adverse consequences of life with wind farms Tuesday at a Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon that focused on the downside of turbines. ...Burns said through six generations, his family has endured drought, declining economic farm conditions and other adversities, but they've always known that "if you work hard, you can tough it out. The land restores you. The land's beauty is its primary value, but all of the property in Brown County is being threatened. Someone else will make the decisions about our land, and it can never be reversed if (the decisions) are wrong."
Brown County resident Dr. John Dunn said county government can't prevent wind turbines from being placed on property where owners allow it, but it can choose not to allow tax abatements to encourage their placement.
February 20, 2008
by Gene Deason
in Brownwood Bulletin
Four speakers took turns explaining adverse consequences of life with wind farms Tuesday at a Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon that focused on the downside of turbines.
It followed a January chamber of commerce luncheon at which the economic advantages to counties where wind farms are located were outlined.
"Like Hotel Brownwood, you may not own it but you sure have to look at it," Dr. Paul Burns, an Austin physician whose family has ranched north of Brownwood since 1873, told more than 150 people who jammed into the Brownwood Country Club's banquet room. "I ask the (county) leaders to... [continue via Web link]