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Big eyesore on the prairie

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The plain fact regarding wind farms is that they are terrible in and for the environment ("Haywired," HCN, 5/27/13). One day, on a beautiful plateau or prairie, there are small and large game, wild birds of all types and little human interference. The next day, there are large white windmills, roads, fences, people, pickup trucks, neatly groomed pasture, and all the game is gone. A complete disaster.

Then I see that one oil well, with one road and one human that checks it daily -- comparatively speaking, far less human impact, in my opinion. And the really sad thing is that one oil well over its lifetime will produce more energy than that huge wind farm. I wish you city folk would come see the total destruction that your political correctness has caused out here in the country. Stand out in the middle of a wind farm and tell us country folk that it's an acceptable alternative to what we have now. The title of this article was more correct than I think the author intended.

Lynn Miller
Franktown, Colorado

Kirk Hohenberger
Kirk Hohenberger Subscriber
Jul 01, 2013 10:25 PM
I have to admit you might be correct.The wind mills might be better for the air, then burning oil or gas, but still have massive impacts.How many wind mills would it take to even produce twenty percent of our energy? Of coarse the real problem is people, and too many of them, but

 our bias keeps us from even acknowledging this is the problem or threat, how then can we ever then think of solving the problem?
Dave Kangas
Dave Kangas Subscriber
Jul 21, 2013 10:35 AM
The problem is that you, like me and everyone else in this country, want the lights to come on when we flip the switch. As our population grows exponentially, so will the demand for electricity. The idea that we should rely one or two sources of power when others are also available is just stupid. Yes wind and solar is more expensive, right now, it is not perfect, right now, neither was natural gas, coal or nuclear in their infancy. Like any stock portfolio, one is usually a better value than the others, however a wise investor will spread the risk. So should we, with power. Our economic future depends on it. Each comes with pluses and minuses, each has the potential to offer opportunity and jobs. Oil, natural gas is becoming more expensive to produce and develop, coal plants need to be upgraded adding to their cost, nuclear is also very expensive to develop. You ignore those costs and pick on wind and solar or just realize the imnportance of balanced energy development, to spread the risk and the impact, to offer diversified opportunity and employment. It only makes sense, for the long term, which the US does not understand, never has (long term strategic thinking, planning).

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