LETTER: An exaggerated stance on wind energy
To the Editor:
In response to Carol Guthmiller's extremely exaggerated letter on the pros of wind energy, I would just say: Is $600/month worth ruining your own or your neighbor's peaceful enjoyment to his home or his quality of life?
She states, "if wind towers are detrimental to our health then half of California should be dead." California has a population of about 40 million. Nobody said the health effects of wind turbines caused any deaths let alone 50 percent. Ridiculous.
And then she compared wind turbines to railroads, fences, roads, tractors, trucks, and even electricity itself. These items are not 600-foot tall, they do not spin at 200 miles per hour, they do not emit stray voltage or infrasound (this is what makes up to 30 percent of residents close to wind farms sick). Wind turbines are built to collect huge tax subsidies through the Production Tax Credit, electricity is a byproduct. Wind turbines are not green as the carbon emitted from the construction, transportation, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of a wind turbine will never be offset from the electricity it produces. I have studied this for eight years, authored the book "Paradise Destroyed: The Destruction of Rural Living by the Wind Energy Scam."
Carol's family are investors in the Prevailing Wind Project and her son has been on the board. Again, it is those with their fingers in the money pie vs. the rest of us that want to protect our homes and communities.
Gregg Hubner, President
South Dakotans for Safe and Responsible Renewable Energy