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Author: goffperu Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 18433  
Subject: Re: The Other Side of Wind Power Date: 8/17/2008 3:26 PM
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I was just about to post this. What rubbish. Of course there is the unanswerable charge that the turbines are ugly, or that they ruin the landscape. However, they also make the claim that the turbines are noisy, and keep them up at night. This is horse manure. I have stood directly under a large turbine, and the sound did not force me to raise my voice in a conversation. The article notably fails to give any factual information about this. No decibel level, no anecdotes about having to shout to be heard, nothing.

It seems to me that his father is the only one with brains in the story. He secured a reliable source of income ($46,200 per year) for the farm, at a time when farmers are having increasing problems staying afloat. They could use some of that money to put in sound-dampening triple pane windows in their bedroom if necessary.

As for the reported flicker flash, that is down to poor planning. Most wind installations nowadays take that into account. The story says he was involved in the planning and building of the turbines, so he can only blame himself. Even so, the times and dates when the shadows fall on the house are totally predictable, and can be remedied just by drawing curtains.

I think this is just a case of a grumpy anti-wind whiner who wouldn't be happy with turbines anywhere. If he still owns the farm in 10 years, I bet it will be in large part due to his fathers legacy. Too bad CNN is too poor a journalistic enterprise to point that out.
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