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The Post and Mail floats a whiny wind story…

The Post and Mail has published a story whining about how tough it has been to get the Wind Capital project approved:

From The Post and Mail:

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s most volatile hot-button issue for the past year or more has been wind energy — to embrace the possible arrival of 400-foot-high wind turbines or tell the companies who market the wind harnessers “no thank you, we don’t want them.”
While both sides of this heated debate have been represented through the myriad public hearings and committee meetings, it appears the squeakiest wheel in the debate is about to be lubricated more thoroughly than a wind turbine’s gearbox.
“We thought the project was nothing more than, say, building a silo, building a hog house — a reasonable permit,” said longtime Whitley County farmer Steve Sickafoose. “Boy were we wrong.”

Read the rest at The Post and Mail.

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I have written a comment on the story’s web page…let’s see if it gets published:

I guess I need to take this one paragraph at a time:

“We thought the project was nothing more than, say, building a silo, building a hog house — a reasonable permit,” said longtime Whitley County farmer Steve Sickafoose. “Boy were we wrong.”
An industrial wind turbine that reaches 400 feet into the sky is NOT a hog house!  Hardly reasonable.  Yep, you were wrong.

“According to Sickafoose, and fellow farmers Doug Reiff and Walter Trier, that was before opponents to the installation of windmills in the county began to cry “foul.””
You mean “that was before the County was caught trying to fly this in under the radar.”

“Final coffin nail? — according to Sickafoose, Reiff and Trier it’s a wind turbine setback of 1,500 feet from the property line of anyone who is not participating in the project. “You cannot say for sure that it will be, but it (the 1,500-foot setback) would appear to be a deal breaker. “To my knowledge, it is a greater setback than any other ordinance in the state,” Sewell said.”
Across the globe, setbacks are increasing due to health concerns.  Multiple counties across Indiana have wind ordinances that were slipped in by the wind companies with big promises and little public involvement.  The ‘deal-breaking’ setbacks are indicative of the fact that southern Whitley County is too densely populated to support such a project.

“The three county residents say they are disenchanted with the Whitley County government and some members of its citizenry. They also claim that 60 percent of county residents who have expressed opposition to wind turbines don’t even live in the area of the county where windmills would be erected.
“I’m not too proud of the county right now,” said Sickafoose.”
A wind ordinance for Whitley County would regulate ALL of Whitley County, not just the southwest corner.  Therefore, ALL Whitley County residents should have their say, whether they ‘live there’ or not.

“The three men also say harnessing the wind for energy is nothing new, as evidenced by the century-old structures that still stand in many parts of the country, hearkening back to a day when water was sucked from the ground via pumps powered by spinning windmill blades.
“We are not pioneers here,” Sickafoose said.”
GIVE ME A BREAK!  A 50-foot windmill for a well is NOT a 400-foot industrial wind turbine.  It isn’t a hog barn, either.

Whitley County Patriots stands opposed to wind turbines due to the incredible amount of Federal and local subsidies that are poured into this green-energy boondoggle.  Without massive tax dollars, these projects are unsustainable.

David Ditton
Whitley County Patriots


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