Mark and Kate Harris of Mars Hill, Maine
May God help you as there is no one else presently able to if you should let these turbines come to town.
The people came over, looked at the house and said 'That's fantastic' I said: 'That's where the wind farm will go.' They went to see the wind farm manager, then came back and roasted the real estate agent. They said there is no way they were going to buy here and what a pity it was. I have $2.5m worth of farmland, and right now its unsellable.
Symbolism aside, Mt. Equinox may not be as impressive as Yosemite's El Capitan or the Grand Tetons, but something very real would be sacrificed on the questionable altar of renewable-energy-for-profit. Mt. Equinox and all of our mountains are not just a "back yard." They are a heritage and a legacy. And they are as good a place as any to make a stand.
Green does not, by definition, aid in the extinction of a species.
Matthew L. Wald
...wind turns out to be a good way to save fuel, but not a good way to avoid building plants that burn coal. A wind machine is a bit like a bicycle that a commuter keeps in the garage for sunny days. It saves gasoline, but the commuter has to own a car anyway.
Maurice Gunderson, senior partner at the venture capital firm CMEA Capital in San Francisco
Well-meaning voters and legislators come up with things like 33 percent renewables in California by 2020. Well, it sounds like a good idea, but you really have to be a utility geek to get into the details and realize that it simply cannot be done without storage.
Member of STOP (Stop Wind Turbines Here)
We're not NIMBY, we're NIABY. Not in anyone's back yard. Yes, global warming is a crisis, but let's stop interlocking capitalist directorates, both local and global, from invoking this crisis, which they actually have caused, to roll over ordinary people and animals.
Michael D. Shaw
Wind energy is another one of those ideas that captures the media's attention and the hearts of some in the environmental movement. Yet, it is costly, inefficient, and not even able to put a dent in our long-term energy needs. Companies like Whole Foods may generate increased profits from their own embrace of wind power, but for the rest of us it's all nothing but hot air.
Michael Fairneny of Florida, MA
My quiet, peaceful, serene world and home has been turned into a reality of grief, unending noise, annoyance and constant dealing with those in charge to help us.
“Too many developments are underperforming,” he said. “It’s because developers grossly exaggerate the potential. The subsidies make it viable for developers to put turbines on sites they would not touch if the money was not available.”
Michael O'Sullivan, senior VP of development FPL Energy
Renewables are not cheap. And wind is a flawed product in the sense that it is intermittent, and is available only 30% to 40% of the time.
I give the analogy of the employee who only shows up for work 2 and a half days a week and the employer never knows what days they will be, so he has to hire someone full time to do the work when the delinquent worker doesn't show up. He's paying for two when one would suffice.
Promoters of the wind energy craze, absentee landowners and a few locals hoping for a windfall are about to destroy the soul of the Flint Hills.
Wind Capital Group claims its turbines don't make any more noise than a home refrigerator, but KQ2 returned three different times over the span of a week, we heard a much different story. The sound was the roar of the turbines filled the air, making Charlie's property sound more like an airport than a horse farm.
Industrial wind turbines have become a barrier to my household energy conservation effforts. Prior to wind turbines being constructed around our home we relied completely on natural ventilation to keep our home cool throughout the summer. However, now the turbines are so loud and disruptive that we have been forced to close up our windows and waste electricity for fans and various sources of "white noise" to try to overcome the problem. I don't have the means to install central air and being environmentally conscious really don't want to. How do I overcome this barrier that has been foisted on me?