Wave of wind farms: Let's not destroy the state's environment in order to save it
But the fact is that while wind power is being promoted as an essential part of any credible response to climate change, it is increasingly being challenged and questioned, as indeed is the case with other so-called "renewable" forms of energy, such as corn-based ethanol. ...a National Research Council study released this year entitled "Environmental Effects of Wind Energy Projects," concluded that based on the expected maximum number of windmills to be built, wind would offset total expected higher carbon emissions by no more that 2.25 percent.
Is that a difference worth allowing the ridge tops of Pennsylvania to be dotted with giant industrial-sized windmills?
November 28, 2007
by Herb Field
A wind farm consisting of 20 turbines to be built in Adams Twp., Cambria County, was issued a permit last week by the Department of Environmental Protection, the latest in a wave of windmill projects spreading across the commonwealth.
The Highland Wind Farm project is being built by Everpower Renewables Corp. of New York City on a reclaimed strip mine, which may help account for the fact that it has generated little opposition, compared to other wind projects in the state and around the nation. A week earlier, the Adams Twp. supervisors approved a conditional use application for the windmills... [continue via Web link]