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Excellent Article: Wind Turbines and the Promise of Money

Paul Crowe — NorthEast Windmills — September 8, 2013

Wind turbines bring the promise of money and that can cloud a person’s judgement. It certainly doesn’t have to, but sometimes, if a person isn’t careful, he’ll do things out of character, things he would otherwise not do, things he later regrets, simply because the thought of money was so overpowering. Wind developers know this and spin tales of money for nothing, … well, almost nothing, all you have to do is allow them to build 500 foot tall wind turbines on your property, as many as will fit and the money will just start rolling in. Hmm, …

Rural life in a rural community

In rural communities like North East, most everyone minds their own business and respects his neighbor. Everyone is friendly and gets along and we support the local businesses and charities. It’s a great way of living that brings a lot of satisfaction, but every now and then, someone forgets. He forgets about his neighbor, he forgets about his community and he starts to listen to a smooth talking salesman who promises him money.

If your neighbor decided to paint his house purple with red polka dots and green stripes, you might (privately) question his judgement. You might ask him why he did it, but if his house was a thousand feet down the road, you could just go back to your own business and ignore it. On the other hand, if he decided to allow wind developers to build one or more 500 foot wind turbines on his property, some less than 900 feet from your property line, you can’t ignore it. The sight alone is overwhelming, people 30 or 40 miles away would see it, and now you have a real problem.

Your concerns are not his concern

Your neighbor has decided his personal dreams of money trump any concerns you might have. That smooth talking salesman has told him his neighbors don’t understand, besides, who are his neighbors to tell him what he can do with his own property? If his neighbors are not farmers, then the salesman tells the farmer how his neighbors don’t care about him and creates a divide in the community that never existed before the wind turbines came to town.

What’s hard to understand is how the farmer so easily forgets those same neighbors he now ignores and will not listen to are the same people who were buying his produce and coming to his store. They are the same people who would mention his store to friends and relatives. It makes you wonder, how many of his neighbors would ever do that now or ever will again.

If his neighbors find it hard to bear the sight of 150 foot long blades sweeping through a 300 foot circle in the sky above their homes, if the long moving shadows are disturbing when the sun is low, if the sound of the turbines penetrates their homes and can’t be muffled and they decide they need to move, then the neighbors are faced with homes that won’t sell because no one else wants to knowingly move into a house with a turbine nearby. If the house does eventually sell at a greatly reduced price, does the farmer with his turbine money make up for his neighbor’s loss? Unlikely, because he’s already shown that he doesn’t care.    Read full article, here…..

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2 Comments on “Excellent Article: Wind Turbines and the Promise of Money”

  1. 1957chev September 9, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Bribing the townspeople, to harm the rural residents…..a little like the sheep, getting told by the wolves, what’s for dinner!!!

  2. 1957chev September 9, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    Bribe the townspeople….to allow the rural residents to be harmed!!!

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