Gov Patrick Wind Turbines Bring Resid...

Gov Patrick Wind Turbines Bring Residential Health Issues

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Jack kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 May 25, 2013

“A fifteen minute chat with Governor Patrick on Massachusetts Energy Policy”. And, therein, lies the problem, there is no workable energy policy existent in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are energy policy words, there are energy policy plans, there are energy policy stances, and there are energy policy stands, their are energy [policy] summits and there is, definitely, energy policy politics; but, there is no substantive energy policy, because, if there were, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would have an in place, an in depth, comprehensive Energy Plan of Action, first in the nation, perhaps. You don’t set quotas and standards before you know, intimately, the positives and negatives of the product you are considering, whether wind, solar, nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas, etc., etc.

If there were an Energy Plan, locations such as Falmouth, Fairhaven, Scituate, Plymouth, Kingston, etc., etc. in the Commonwealth would not be fighting the ill-sited existing and proposed industrial wind turbine farms. If there were an Energy Plan in place, there would be no “as of right” zoning or “wind turbine overlay districts”, which in essence eliminates public input, because all the stakeholders from the engineers who do not have equipment to properly deal with industrial wind turbines, but are instrumental in supplying professional advice and lip service to get projects started, the energy communities, the state and local politicians and local residents would be on the same level playing field (and this includes the “I don’t know the answer to that” and “…..there are also issues with local acceptance” Governor of the Commonwealth).

There would be no issues with local acceptance of any proposed project if the initiators (Federal, State, Local governments) had researched product pros/cons and options. Has anyone stopped to think that maybe, just maybe, there are certain locations that are inappropriate for certain energy technologies. Massachusetts is the 4th most heavily populated State in the country with 839 persons per square mile, compared with Texas at 96 people per square mile or Iowa (the industrial wind turbine capitol of the country) at 54 persons per square mile.(Massachusetts could remain the largest blade testing facility in the world and that would be our contribution to the industrial wind turbine industry).

Massachusetts is a totally self-contained unit from the ocean to the mountains; choose the life style you want from urban to rural and go to your little part of the world and “live”. Until, of course, someone comes along and decides, appropriate or not, because of agendas, quotas and State political/government goals and using no common sense, an industrial wind turbine, or several, nearly 500 feet in height would look perfect in your back yard or on the solitary mountain ridges that are your viewscapes.

The economics of the industrial wind turbine is a travesty given the installation costs, and burdens in higher utility rates and costs to taxpayers, and considering the 15% to 27% efficiency rate. Would any person in their right mind invest in this proposition as Governor Patrick has? Factor this with noise and health issues and destruction of habitats, including human. Would anyone not expect “issues with local acceptance”?

There are industrial wind turbines throughout the Commonwealth that should be removed immediately starting in Falmouth, MA, at State expense, because the Commonwealth simply did not do its homework and put agendas and quotas before the well being of the people.

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