A Farmer’s Appeal for Wind Energy

June 17, 2017

There’s a well organized and well funded anti-wind movement in the US, that above all, serves the needs of the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry – but in the process corrodes economic opportunities in rural areas, which in recent decades have switched places with inner cities as ground zero for social decay.

EcoWatch:

Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a measure that could transform the state’s rural communities, and last week they heard powerful testimony from those who will be directly impacted.

Fixing Ohio’s wind turbine setbacks

Let’s go back to 2014. That year, the state legislature adopted onerous wind energy setbacks, without accepting public comment or having any public debate, before adopting them. The new regulations were among the country’s strictest siting requirements and have essentially functioned as a wind energy ban ever since.

Ohio has only three utility-scale wind farms, despite high energy demand and adequate wind resources. To get a sense of how the current setbacks have affected the state’s wind development, look to its neighbors:

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This means Ohio’s rural communities have missed out on millions of dollars in lease payments and added tax revenue, not to mention billions in project investments.

To help state lawmakers understand exactly what’s at stake, Gary Baldosser, a fourth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans and wheat, testified before a panel last week. A wind farm has been proposed in Baldosser’s town but has yet to be built because of Ohio’s unnecessary setback requirements. Watch the video above to learn what the wind farm would mean for his family.

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7 Responses to “A Farmer’s Appeal for Wind Energy”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    WOW! Even if the wind power companies did feed him some lines, Gary Baldosser makes an eloquent and intelligent argument for wind power.

    Will the Ohio legislators listen to him or kow-tow to the Kochs and their ilk? (Ohio is a “Trifecta” state with 2/3 of the lower house and 3/4 of the upper house seats held by Repugnants)

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    It’s so heartening to see the Ohio GOP stay true to their talking points and
    ‘Get Big Government out of the Business of picking Winners and Losers’…
    (/s)

  3. andrewfez Says:

    I did battle (Facebook group ‘Friends of Water’; audience size 26k) with one of the lawyers affiliated with PA/WV’s local anti-wind group, Allegheny Highland’s Alliance, a few years ago. He had published an article in one of WV’s conservation and naturalist publications, though the name at present escapes me, which was a big anti-wind tirade. I had to scourer through some technical papers produced by our local PJM grid (the one featured in the U of Delaware’s study regarding running the grid on wind, solar and 9-72h of storage at below today’s costs) to disassemble some of his BS; a process I grieve as a waste of my time, but that there is a stark deficit in folks willing to, or owning enough intellectual capacity to stand up to these guys, concerning debate, in that area of the country.

    Read their BS mission statement. It’s rhetoric like that, which weaves such an intricate picture of benevolence to the naive observer, which forced me years ago to abandon my religion, having appreciated that elaborate mass fantasies, with miles of elegant, seemingly interlocking embellishment, do exist as a function of our flawed belief systems and ulterior motives.

    http://www.alleghenyhighlandsalliance.org/Our_Mission/

    As an alliance of organizations and individuals committed to protecting the mountain resources of the Allegheny Highlands, it is our mission to:

    Advance public knowledge of the cultural and biological diversity, uniqueness, and ecological sensitivity of our mountains.
    Preserve and protect areas of particular scenic, geologic, biologic, historic, wilderness, and recreational importance.
    Aid in the creation and implementation of sustainable local, state and federal governmental policies for the conservation and wise management of energy, water, wildlife, and other natural resources.
    Conduct research and distribute information regarding the costs and benefits of renewable energy development on forested mountain ridges.

    In fulfilling our mission, we seek to:

    Encourage Scientifically Based energy solutions that preserve and protect mountain resources.
    Promote communication and cooperation among members.
    Engage the public through dynamic educational programs.
    Collaborate with elected and appointed officials in policy development.
    Serve as an information clearinghouse.

    • schwadevivre Says:

      Just a formatting point Text> (without the periods) would help clarity

      As an alliance of organizations and individuals committed to protecting the mountain resources of the Allegheny Highlands, it is our mission to:

      Advance public knowledge of the cultural and biological diversity, uniqueness, and ecological sensitivity of our mountains.
      Preserve and protect areas of particular scenic, geologic, biologic, historic, wilderness, and recreational importance.
      Aid in the creation and implementation of sustainable local, state and federal governmental policies for the conservation and wise management of energy, water, wildlife, and other natural resources.
      Conduct research and distribute information regarding the costs and benefits of renewable energy development on forested mountain ridges.

      In fulfilling our mission, we seek to:

      Encourage Scientifically Based energy solutions that preserve and protect mountain resources.
      Promote communication and cooperation among members.
      Engage the public through dynamic educational programs.
      Collaborate with elected and appointed officials in policy development.
      Serve as an information clearinghouse.


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