Wind farms stir up debate - U.S. moratorium cites risk to military radar, but some suspect greed
CHICAGO – The federal government has stopped work on more than a dozen wind farms planned across the Midwest, saying research is needed on whether the giant turbines could interfere with military radar.
June 11, 2006
by Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune
in Chicago Tribune
But backers of wind power say the action has little to do with national security. The real issue, they say, is a group of wealthy vacationers who say a wind farm proposed for construction off the coast of Cape Cod would spoil the view from their summer homes.
Opponents of the Cape Wind project include several influential members of Congress. Critics say their latest attempt to thwart the planting of 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound has led to a moratorium on wind farms hundreds of miles away in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
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