Falmouth The Dark Side Of Wind Power
Posted in the Boston Forum
#1 Mar 23, 2013
SOSS Editor: The following is a response to an article on Cape Cod Online/Cape Cod Times concerning a letter form Megan Amsler.
Chairman of the Falmouth Energy Committee, Megan Amsler, has implored the state energy secretary not to heed Falmouth selectmen's request for assistance in removing Falmouth's wind turbines because "a silent majority" supports their operation, regardless of consequences to their neighbors.
Ms. Amsler declares that she is "ashamed" that the town asked for aid because they "bother 19 people within 1/3 mile" of the wind turbines. Although Ms. Amsler declares that she was a member of the committee that explored various options for dealing with the wind turbines, she appears not to have been paying attention to the number of people who reported experiencing adverse impacts from their operation (over 50) or the severity of their symptoms (including headaches, ringing in the ears, tinnitus, sleep deprivation, soaring blood pressure, anxiety and depression, not to mention intense shadow flicker and severe impact on home values).
Of course, Ms. Amsler was instrumental in bringing the wind turbines to Falmouth in the first place and in encouraging the Town of Falmouth not to bother adhering to the Special Permit process to assess the potential negative impacts of the wind turbines on the community.
Wellfleet residents may also recall that Ms. Amsler appeared at the Wellfleet Forum on March 1, 2010 to extol the virtues of the Falmouth wind turbines (before they had begun operation) and to urge Wellfleet to approve the installation of an even larger wind turbine on town land in the heart of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Wellfleet Selectmen voted unanimously to kill the project on March 31, 2010 and have repeatedly expressed their gratitude to citizens who alerted them to the detriments of the project and their relief over having avoided the tragic experience of Falmouth.
No doubt Ms. Amsler considers the five selectmen in Wellfleet -- like the selectmen in Falmouth -- to be part of the "vocal minority" who are incapable of hearing the voices of the "silent majority" who secretly wish that Wellfleet had installed its own wind turbines and replicated the Falmouth experience.
Or maybe the reason why no one else can hear the voices of the "silent majority" is because they speak only to Ms. Amsler.
Why Ms. Amsler believes that anyone should listen to the voices of the "silent majority" inside her head, rather than to the voices of the innocent victims who have the misfortune to live in the wrong place or to their neighbors who rightly insist that the town has not right to deprive them of their health and well-being, the quality of their life or the reasonable use and enjoyment of their property, no matter how lucrative to the town, is known only to Ms. Amsler.
CCT news article : http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...
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