Opponent points are contradictory
To the editor:
It seems like the strategy of wind power opponents in Baraga County has been to throw every conceivable criticism and complaint at the plan, no matter how utterly preposterous the claims might be, and just hope something sticks. One result of this is that many of the claims are contradictory.
For example: As a general rule, when qualified engineers design a machine to generate electricity from its shaft being turned, it will generate electricity when the shaft is turned. If the machine happens to be really big, and the shaft happens to be turned really fast, then generally speaking it will generate a lot of electricity. But down in Baraga County we have these people simultaneously complaining that A) the machines are way too big, B) the blades spin way too fast, and C) they won’t generate enough electricity to even pay for their own construction costs.
Well, we also had a guy complaining in the paper down there about windmill fumes.
And we hear about the dreaded “flicker effect” which I suppose the ancient Aztecs and Egyptians were able to produce by aligning their windmill with a farmhouse window every summer solstice. How exactly that affects anybody when the windmills are 10 miles out in the woods beats me. Maybe the deer will get PTSD… the same deer I see calmly chewing mouthfuls of grass along the Skanee Road as I roar by in my beat-up jalopy with a hole in its muffler.
That whole computer simulation thing seems like a intentional misinformation campaign to me. Sure they got their little asterisks and convenient excuses, but if they can’t show things as they really would be, then they should not show us anything. About 85 percent of our whole region is covered by trees that limit the view to 100 yards or less.
Back on the topic of contradictions, these people call themselves environmentalists, while real environmentalist groups support wind power. Their shameless logic? They support it, too — in somebody else’s back yard.
They claim to support tourism, but what financially significant group of tourists can and does even get out to these places as things are now? Wouldn’t vastly improved roads and a few clear-cut fields of view open up the tourism possibilities to senior citizens and others? If anything, it seems to me like a bunch of xenophobic locals are just trying to preserve their private four-wheeler playground.
John W. Loosemore