Wind: A pause?

To the Editor:

A winter lull in the wind conflict provided time for assessments and re-thinking. Now we have a very clear view of whether wind turbines on Vermont's peaks make any sense. They don't.

Current widespread conclusion - even with some key legislators - now is: stop it! Stop the permanent destruction of our principal asset, the beauty of our land and its biota. Stop destroying critical habitat. Stop shattering lives and homes. Stop destroying tourism. And, by the way, stop a few powerful individuals and politicians from gaining wealth at the expense of the people they are supposed to serve whose homes are scattered all through these hills, peaks and valleys. Hard data on health effects; poor effeciency of wind in Vermont (30 percent?); enough current sources of electricity for the foreseeable future; loss of property values (for most of us our principal asset); and the false premise that all this destruction is necessary in order to reduce a small carbon "footprint" (which, incidentally, is mainly due to other sources) should be sufficient to put an end - not moratorium to these obscene enterprises. Wind turbines belong in wide open spaces, not on our gentle, occupied peaks.

Walter and Gertrude Lauf Castleton


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