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Wind and tourism don't mix in Michigan's thumb

...to think that wind turbines are going to offer a long-term stimulus for tourism revenue is foolish. These giant wind turbines are a novelty to Michiganders right now. But as time goes by, the novelty will wear off. And as more and more wind turbines are built, there will be more and more people living here and paying the price for this "green" energy. ...and those living in the Thumb with these wind turbines towering over their homes will pay again in loss of property value and quality of life.

Re: Sunday, June 29, 2008 article "Thumb looks for tourism windfall from windmills"

The beauty of the thumb landscape is it's green fields of various hues interspersed with farmsteads as far as the eye can see. So Mr. Hiner is right when he says you won't need a map to find the "windmills". These 400' Goliaths are visible for miles towering over the landscape. However, for Mr. Hiner to say "they make no noise" is completely without merit. Ask some of the folks who live within a wind development. Even leaseholders - those landowners who are making money off these Goliaths - agree they sound like a jet plane flying over. Would Mr. Hiner like to live with that 24/7? What about the obnoxious shadow flicker people experience in their homes during sunrise and sunset? What about the blinking lights all night long in our dark skies? What about the health effects people will suffer after long-term exposure to the noise, the low frequency emissions and the flicker?

Michigan's thumb has been a tourist destination for decades. It was our beautiful white sandy beaches, well maintained cottage rentals and campgrounds and our beautiful sunsets that have brought people back year after year. All of this was a quietly kept secret until... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Re: Sunday, June 29, 2008 article "Thumb looks for tourism windfall from windmills"

The beauty of the thumb landscape is it's green fields of various hues interspersed with farmsteads as far as the eye can see. So Mr. Hiner is right when he says you won't need a map to find the "windmills". These 400' Goliaths are visible for miles towering over the landscape. However, for Mr. Hiner to say "they make no noise" is completely without merit. Ask some of the folks who live within a wind development. Even leaseholders - those landowners who are making money off these Goliaths - agree they sound like a jet plane flying over. Would Mr. Hiner like to live with that 24/7? What about the obnoxious shadow flicker people experience in their homes during sunrise and sunset? What about the blinking lights all night long in our dark skies? What about the health effects people will suffer after long-term exposure to the noise, the low frequency emissions and the flicker?

Michigan's thumb has been a tourist destination for decades. It was our beautiful white sandy beaches, well maintained cottage rentals and campgrounds and our beautiful sunsets that have brought people back year after year. All of this was a quietly kept secret until Cheeseburger in Caseville brought the Thumb tourism fame, bringing in more visitors to its small town in one week than the entire Huron County population.

Unfortunately our white sandy beaches are being inundated with smelly decaying muck- like debris and the declining housing market is affecting our local economy, but to think that wind turbines are going to offer a long-term stimulus for tourism revenue is foolish.

These giant wind turbines are a novelty to Michiganders right now. But as time goes by, the novelty will wear off. And as more and more wind turbines are built, there will be more and more people living here and paying the price for this "green" energy. As taxpayers and utility rate payers we will all pay for these wind developments - and those living in the Thumb with these wind turbines towering over their homes will pay again in loss of property value and quality of life.

If Mr.Hiner had taken the time to visit with some of the people living within the Harvest Wind Project who are affected by the noise, perhaps his article may have had more balance. There is more to this wind rush than meets the eye.


Source: http://www.mlive.com/bctimes/

JUL 11 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/15955-wind-and-tourism-don-t-mix-in-michigan-s-thumb
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