Windmills defile Irish landscape

Windmills defile Irish landscape

There are 30 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 4, 2010, titled Windmills defile Irish landscape. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

On a recent trip to Ireland, I witnessed a scene which reaffirmed my opposition to windmills in the Berkshires.

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Jeffrey Reel

Kountze, TX

#21 Jun 5, 2010
True environmentalist wrote:
"windmills" sounds so quaint and cozy, who wouldn't want to have them popping up like daisies all over the Berkshires.
Try "400 ft industrial wind turbines" as a descriptor instead. Then imagine the Taconic Range despoiled by long lines of them, blinking at night with red lights (if they're near an airport - which would include those that could be put in Southern Berkshire county on the Mt Everett massif near Gt Barrington. Not to mention the associated infrastructure of access/maitenance roads and transmission iines. No thanks - learn how to conserve energy first.
"'windmills' sounds so quaint and cozy, who wouldn't want to have them popping up like daisies all over the Berkshires. Try '400 ft industrial wind turbines' as a descriptor instead."

What's in a name? Call them "Tinkerbell's Palaces" or "Windmills of Death" for all I care. Unless I'm mistaken, this has never been an issue over what to call them.

"...imagine the Taconic Range despoiled by long lines of them..."

When I imagine it, the Taconics aren't "despoiled," even if you invite me to think of it in your terms.

Let me give it a try: "Imagine the Taconic Range adorned with majestic wind turbines, each accepting the wind and producing a clean source of energy for our homes." Clean energy, an infinite source of free energy, domestic security, 21st-century technology.

Since: Jan 09

Stowe, VT

#22 Jun 5, 2010
Biker babe wrote:
Perhaps you like the LOOK in the gulf now that we have destroyed the way of life out there so you could drive your gas powered motor! Electric cars don't look so bad now, do they?? BONEHEAD!
N] Not just the Gulf: Next time a local gets killed in Iraq or Afghanistian say " HE DIED FOR OIL " Until we get energy from wind, solar, hydro, we will go to war to keep it flowing to western world. Might I suggest a bumber sticker Blood for oil is better than windmills
Carla

Queensbury, NY

#23 Jun 5, 2010
Holland is famous for their windmills. Wind engery does not defile the way the British Petroleum disaster has. Eleven men have perished, and countless others have lost their livelihood. The southern fishing industry is in chaos and the filthy oil is at the western shores of Florida. Soon the entire east coast will feel the effects of this spill. Windmills will not devastate an entire occupation, destroy wildlife, destroy the environment or take lives. Many people do NOT find windmills unsightly, in fact they are quite picturesque.
Some people complain of noise, but so are planes, autos,busses, factories(what few are left) and trains. However, if one lives near these very soon the noise is forgotten. My husband grew up near the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, in Rutherford, NJ, and the sound was soon just part of everyday living and it was ignored.
Wind power has been used by other countries for years, but here the oil barons rule supreme. You know the old addage, "What is good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA." Corporation rule, unfortunately. We have needed alternative energy sources for years, but it just never succeeds. Will this Gulf tragedy caused by BRITISH PETROLEUM be the turning point? We shall see.
Kelly - Northern Illinois

United States

#24 Jun 5, 2010
Seriously people?!? Noise? Train and jet planes eventually fade off in the distance ~ wind TURBINES (not windmills) just keep droning on. There's swishing, but there's also the low droning thumping of the low frequency vibration that pounds thru the walls of your home. There are a variety of noises, so it's not something you "get use to". You can't get away from it without leaving your property. If you don't live amongst them, you have NO RIGHT to judge those that do and and complain about them. Property values plummet and lives are totally and completely disrupted. What a bunch of hypocrites you are. Oh, let's save the enviornment, but screw the folks who have to live near them. Nice folks! Real nice.
Jeffrey Reel

Bloomington, IN

#25 Jun 5, 2010
Kelly - Northern Illinois wrote:
Seriously people?!? Noise? Train and jet planes eventually fade off in the distance ~ wind TURBINES (not windmills) just keep droning on. There's swishing, but there's also the low droning thumping of the low frequency vibration that pounds thru the walls of your home. There are a variety of noises, so it's not something you "get use to". You can't get away from it without leaving your property. If you don't live amongst them, you have NO RIGHT to judge those that do and and complain about them. Property values plummet and lives are totally and completely disrupted. What a bunch of hypocrites you are. Oh, let's save the enviornment, but screw the folks who have to live near them. Nice folks! Real nice.
"Oh, let's save the enviornment, but screw the folks who have to live near them."

Just curious: how do you feel about all those people throughout this country who live within a stone's throw of all the coal-fired plants?
wow

Troy, NY

#26 Jun 6, 2010
This letter reeks of retardation. I suppose you also don't see the big deal about the oil spill in the gulf?
cbb

West Springfield, MA

#27 Jun 6, 2010
Jeffrey Reel wrote:
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"Authority" Robert Bryce is one voice among many. Virtually all other "authorities" on the subject -- basing their opinions on math and science -- have come to the opposite conclusion.
Liberals are understandably desperate. They see it all slipping away and it shows.
sbl

North Adams, MA

#28 Jun 7, 2010
no but oil-soaked birds look better right? Oh or bombed cities overseas that have oil that we want? what about all of the poles and lines that are all around our country now? or the roads for that matter. All of them are ugly. I think the wind turbines would be the least ugly of those choices. I also think if this doesn't look good to you, you need to come up with a better idea.
Hank Rearden

Hartsville, SC

#29 Jun 7, 2010
Clayton Beauchaine wrote:
I agree that windmills are not the prettiest sight, but they won't dump a billion gallons of oil into the gulf or anywhere else for that matter. Its time to go green and wind mills are a big part of that. I wonder what the people of the gulf think of their senic views?
Ahh but as windmills replace a completly different power source neither will putting them up prevent the use of any oil...
Hank Rearden

Hartsville, SC

#30 Jun 7, 2010
Carla wrote:
Holland is famous for their windmills. Wind engery does not defile the way the British Petroleum disaster has. Eleven men have perished, and countless others have lost their livelihood. The southern fishing industry is in chaos and the filthy oil is at the western shores of Florida. Soon the entire east coast will feel the effects of this spill. Windmills will not devastate an entire occupation, destroy wildlife, destroy the environment or take lives. Many people do NOT find windmills unsightly, in fact they are quite picturesque.
Some people complain of noise, but so are planes, autos,busses, factories(what few are left) and trains. However, if one lives near these very soon the noise is forgotten. My husband grew up near the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, in Rutherford, NJ, and the sound was soon just part of everyday living and it was ignored.
Wind power has been used by other countries for years, but here the oil barons rule supreme. You know the old addage, "What is good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA." Corporation rule, unfortunately. We have needed alternative energy sources for years, but it just never succeeds. Will this Gulf tragedy caused by BRITISH PETROLEUM be the turning point? We shall see.
OIL and wind power are two seprate things and one can not replace the other...

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