Firestone and his research colleagues began surveying public opinion on the Cape Wind project in 2004. He quickly learned that opposition to offshore wind farms is not a classic "not in my backyard" reaction. Instead, opposition mainly to the visual impact of turbines seen from land or from boats causes a psychological reaction known as "place attachment." Basically, it is an emotional attachment to surroundings that are familiar.
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The lake's sailing community is just one of the factions lining up to oppose plans from SouthPoint Wind to put turbines in the lakes in Canadian waters. Opponents have expressed concerns over the wind farms' impact on everything from property values to recreational boating to wildlife. ..."A U.S. citizen who doesn't like the way the wind farm looks across the lake can't just go into Canadian court and sue to try and stop it," said Nick Schroeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
Steve Warner is Scandia's CEO. He says the company is asking county officials for a definitive answer on whether the visual impact to the shoreline is acceptable. "If the answer's no, you know, we respect that," he says. "And we will not move forward."
"I think it would be a little more fair if the people who are affected by this have an opportunity to listen and put their views forward," Emil Schwarz said from his Des Plaines, Ill., home Monday. Schwarz said he is not opposed to wind energy, but does not want wind turbines near his summer home in Pentwater.