I beleive main driving reason for anyone to put up wind turbines is because of the monetary benefit. Especially in our area, majority of the participants are farmers who are out to make a buck. You can claim it is because it is the cleanest energy and renewable and whatever else, however that is just the cover up. This is a supplemental income to the participating land owners.
Why do we need 500 foot turbines, if there could be a compromise with the wind companies on the size of machines they want to put up in the heavily populated proposed sites, the resistance to the project would definitely decline. This is America, I am not blind, we are a society of selfishness and we become evil with money and money is the motivator.
And in regards to your comment on complaining about electricity bills...we are not getting any bit of a break on energy costs by hosting these wind turbines. The only ones with a monetary benefit is the farmers. The wind is free, but the project is expensive leaving no breaks for the citizens, as with any technology it is forever changing and not getting any cheaper. Also, these turbines are extremely inefficient...so this is not replacing the current energy source. It may help as long as the wind is blowing, but it is not a replacement. Why not solar? It would be just as efficient, maybe even more.
Also, as usual the younger generation will have to clean up the mess of the older generation in our community...600 sq acre landfill (lucky us we got the PCBs), mega farms (2 of them)...and now turbines (500 ft tall). See the trend, each project is mega scale with limited thought for the future. We'll be the ones who suffer with contamiated ground water, already are seeing high nitrates making water unsafe for drinking, just check out the warning sign on the water fountain at the town hall "pregnant women do not drink due to high nitrates". We'll be stuck with thousands of ton of concrete 4 feet below the ground surface (Wrightstown even realized 4 feet wasn't enough, they set theirs to 12 feet)...we'll be stuck with the mess!
In the future as Chilton continues to grow, it will be difficult to put up homes & businesses on old wind sites b/c there will be 100 ton of concrete 4 feet below the surface. A basement is at least 9 feet.
Also, I do not have a $40k vehicle that only gets 15mpg, I am planning for retirement of which there will be no SS, health insurance plans and high taxes to clean up the mess our society is leaving today. And when Bush leaves office in 2 years I will continue to blame all the greedy participating land owners and wind companies! I will also blame engineers for no
I understand the need for renewable energy, however it needs to be placed in the right place and there should be some thought put into it. Our county board continues to have the same response to everything, they make the decisions for everyone. The miniority rules in our county, Chilton is the armpit of Wisconsin...that is something to be proud of!