Power industry ignoring the impacts of wind turbines
Industrial wind turbine facilities are not only a visual insult, they degrade and fragment wildlife habitat, they threaten bats and birds, they open up wild areas to sprawl with roads and transmission lines, and, as wind energy consultant John Zimmerman has said, "wind turbines don't make good neighbors."
March 4, 2007
by Eric Roosenbloom, East Hardwick
in Rutland Herald
Avram Patt (Perspective, Feb. 18) obviously did not read Bill Metcalf's Feb. 11 letter in the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus past the first paragraph. Metcalf uses capacity rhetorically in the same way the industry does in leading people to believe that 1,000 megawatts of wind is indeed the same as – and will thus replace – 1,000 megawatts of other sources. The rest of the letter does not follow the industry in that misleading use of capacity, but instead cites a German government study that 48,000 megawatts of wind capacity would be the same as only 2,000 megawatts... [continue via Web link]