… The intestinal tipping point came for me when a contingent of students from Middlebury College (annual tuition and fees $44,330) found both the gas money and the gall to drive to the town of Sheffield (annual per capita income $13,277) in order to lecture the provincials on their responsibility to the earth and its myriad creatures. …
Apparently, this place that has never had much use to the larger world beyond that of hosting a new prison or a solid-waste dump turns out to be an ideal location for an industrial “wind farm,” ideal mostly because the people are too few and too poor to offer much in the way of resistance.
I'm devastated by this. All I want to see are hills, and all I want to hear are birds.
George McLaughlin, who lives adjacent to the Capital Wind Farm in Australia
It is like having a washing machine run constantly, or a car idling outside your window, or an aircraft overhead which stays in one position ... it is a constant drone which is quite disturbing.
These [wind] projects are very expensive and wouldn't happen without tax subsidies. Ordinary taxpayers are getting taken to the cleaners on this.
It was inevitable of course, when you pit feather and bone against a turbine blade 45-metres long, the blade wins. And if the blade belongs to big energy the deal is cinched. It doesn't take a master's in quantum physics to predict the grim result of anchoring a mega-fan in the path of migrating birds.
Gov. Jim Douglas
I don't believe it is in the state's interest to industrialize our ridge lines
Gov. Jim Douglas
For the power that would be generated from them [large wind turbines], it's that change in our ridgelines that most Vermonters don't support.
Gov. Jim Douglas (VT)
If we were to put an industrial turbine on every (suitable) location it doesn't add up to enough energy to justify impairment of our ridgelines. We need to maintain our tourist economy and our quality of life.
The news is filled with stories about those opposed to wind turbines and those supporting them. It's a never-ending war of opposing forces in many rural communities. The wars are tearing the rural social fabric to shreds.