Future technologies for new energy sources will not rely on raping our environment, ridgelines, prairies, and shorelines.
People who say 'You can't tell me what to do with my property' are in actuality signing away the control of their property to wind companies in signing these leases.
It's not pretty when a bird hits a turbine. These [wind] companies need to clean up their act. As long as this situation is not addressed, people are going to associate wind power with killing birds.
This industry has always wrapped itself in the mantle of green power and has sought to use the environmental benefits of wind power as an excuse for not doing anything about the environmental harms it causes.
...as a Vermonter, I’m for preserving our ridgelines (as Act 250 was designed to do) and our natural landscapes. The integrity of our environment is not only a source of our strength and pride it is also critical to our economic well-being. It makes no sense to sacrifice who and what we are and what we have for no useful purpose.
Rose Marie Derk
People thought they'd get their electric bill reduced, but ours went up and we're getting nothing. I can't understand what anybody thought they'd get out of this. This company [FPL] came in, destroyed the top of the mountain and left us with it.
The first glimpse of the turbines [Weymart Wind Farm] from state Route 6 presents a surreal image like something from a Road Warrior movie.
These [wind] projects are very expensive and wouldn't happen without tax subsidies. Ordinary taxpayers are getting taken to the cleaners on this.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
My studies suggest that at a time when America needs large amounts of low-cost reliable power, wind produces puny amounts of high-cost unreliable power. We need lower prices; wind power raises prices.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
The idea of windmills conjures up pleasant images - of Holland and tulips, of rural America with windmill blades slowly turning, pumping water at the farm well... But the windmills we are talking about today are not your grandmother’s windmills. Each one is typically 100 yards tall, two stories taller than the Stature of Liberty, taller than a football field is long.
Dr. Thomas Kunz
The cumulative impacts on bat populations from proposed and/or constructed wind farm developments, especially in the eastern United States, may lead to further population declines, placing multiple bat populations at serious risk of extinction.
They [wind energy developer] led us to believe we would get a substantial amount of money from them by way of taxes and now they come up with kind of a loophole in it, wanting to get some sort of an exception.
All too often I hear an enthusiastic statement that wind generators will replace the power plant and become the singular source of our energy supply. Despite what the infrequent visitor to western Kansas may think, the wind does not always blow. Consumers want to turn on the television or do the wash at any time, illustrating that the demand for electricity is present even when the wind is not blowing.
Dr. Merlin Tuttle
If I were an investor and wanted to keep my green image intact, I would be deeply concerned about building turbines on forested ridgetops.
Rep. Alan Mollohan
Heaven knows that West Virginia has always stepped up to the plate to contribute to our nation's energy security. But we now have a situation where speculators are staking claim to some of our most scenic areas and erecting these monstrosities that produce little energy and are made possible only by a tax credit.
Increased development of wind turbines does not reduce Danish carbon dioxide emissions.
It would take thousands of these clean-energy, landscape-marring machines [wind turbines] to generate only a slice of the region's power needs. Consider a recent Department of Energy Study. It shows that nationwide, moving to 10 percent renewable energy would still see coal burning increase substantially because of rapidly growing electrical demand.
Consider this: We could be looking at 1,000 or more wind turbines taller than the Statue of Liberty on the high ridges of the Flint Hills, and they would contribute only about one-tenth of 1 percent of our current electricity use. That simply isn't worth the destruction of our unique Tallgrass Prairie land resource.
Federal tax benefits pay as much as 65% of the capital cost of wind power projects in the United States.
The Government’s [UK] thesis that the countryside of upland and coastal Britain is “worth sacrificing to save the planet” is an insult to science, economics and politics. But the greatest insult is to aesthetics. The trouble is that aesthetics has no way of answering back.