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Gubernatorial Faux Pas...

The Republican|December 4, 2008
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Harnessing the wind and doing all we can to utilize all kinds of clean, renewable energy sources should be the goal of all of us. But this particular technology is so far proving to be expensive, inefficient, and unreliable. So, Governor O'Malley, before wrecking our ridges, how about first going ahead with the offshore plan at Ocean City and see how it goes in terms of production and efficiency? (After all, on hazy days, we won't be able to see them ...


It seems at this point that Garrett County's picturesque mountain ridges will ultimately be blighted by giant wind turbines, but until construction actually gets under way, this column will continue to be utilized from time to time to rail against them.

Our very own Governor O'Malley, who supports turbines in Garrett County, actually committed a couple of faux pas - probably without even realizing it - just last night on a Baltimore television station. He made the following comment to a news reporter, referring to the possibility of an offshore industrial wind turbine project at Ocean City: "The attractive thing about doing them off the Atlantic Coast is that on a hazy day you won't even be able to see them at all; on the clearest of days they'll be about the size of a thumb."

His comment is quite telling. He is basically agreeing/acknowledging that the turbines are unsightly, but if they are far enough offshore, they will hardly be noticed. The same certainly cannot be said about turbines on top of Garrett County's ridges, which on both ... more [truncated due to possible copyright]

     

It seems at this point that Garrett County's picturesque mountain ridges will ultimately be blighted by giant wind turbines, but until construction actually gets under way, this column will continue to be utilized from time to time to rail against them.

Our very own Governor O'Malley, who supports turbines in Garrett County, actually committed a couple of faux pas - probably without even realizing it - just last night on a Baltimore television station. He made the following comment to a news reporter, referring to the possibility of an offshore industrial wind turbine project at Ocean City: "The attractive thing about doing them off the Atlantic Coast is that on a hazy day you won't even be able to see them at all; on the clearest of days they'll be about the size of a thumb."

His comment is quite telling. He is basically agreeing/acknowledging that the turbines are unsightly, but if they are far enough offshore, they will hardly be noticed. The same certainly cannot be said about turbines on top of Garrett County's ridges, which on both clear and cloudy days will always appear much larger than "a thumb."

A second statement by the governor was: "... we not only have the intellect and imagination to harness nature, we also have the ability, compassion, and responsibility to protect and conserve it... whether we will care for our natural world or whether we consume and destroy her without regard for our children or theirs."

A good, positive, meaty statement with which almost everyone would agree. But we should look closely at the final phrase - "... without regard for our children or theirs." It seems a real shame that Garrett County's future generations - our children and theirs - will come into the world and gaze not upon unencumbered, forested, pure mountain ridges, but ridges that are lined with 440-foot industrial wind turbines.

As stated here almost ad nauseam, harnessing the wind and doing all we can to utilize all kinds of clean, renewable energy sources should be the goal of all of us. But this particular technology is so far proving to be expensive, inefficient, and unreliable. So, Governor O'Malley, before wrecking our ridges, how about first going ahead with the offshore plan at Ocean City and see how it goes in terms of production and efficiency? (After all, on hazy days, we won't be able to see them, and on the clearest...)


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