Judy Wilcox from Tilden, Nebraska wrote a very good letter-to-the-editor, which is in the current issue of the Grant County News of Hyannis, Nebraska. Please read and take heed.
Two Sides to Everything, Especially Wind Towers.
If they cost tax dollars to build, can’t survive without subsidies and are built next to people who don’t want them, why do they keep building them? To provide clean power? What about all the coal, iron ore, and fossil fuel it takes to build them? Warren Buffet is on record saying the only reason to build them is for the tax credits. He is building them as fast as he can in Holt County right now and elsewhere. Yes, everyone has to pay for them because of the tax credits. Insult to injury is the fact that the ones who build them on their land seldom live on that land. How can they justify, harming the health of people and driving them from their homes, driving up the National debt, all for a few thousand dollars. It is truly about the money.
Before anyone signs a lease with a wind developer and before any county board approves a project, they should check the facts about these projects, not just on the internet, but by interviewing people who are living in existing projects in this State and other States, where they have been installed and find out the true depth of the problems they create for the land, roads, people, pets, livestock and wildlife.
Google the Internet and see if you find anyone who says "I am so glad I signed the rights to my land away, and I received everything they promised". In reverse the Internet is full of horror stories from people who live by them. Look for research by Dr. Salt from Washington State University of St. Louis. Search about Shirley Wind Farm, and for Brown County, Wisconsin. Google bankrupt wind farms. These are just a few. I live in rural Antelope County and it is sad how the developers have steam rolled our county. Nearly 200 already built, another 160 approved and still signing leases across the county, until we will be saturated. They say there will be so much tax money coming into the county, well our land taxes have not gone down yet, seems there are also a lot of unexpected costs to roads, bridges, extra time by county employees to complete and file paperwork, etc, etc,
Don’t let your county become the next target. Don’t let the destruction of your fragile Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquafer be the next conquest of Wind Tower Developers. There are also articles on the internet where well water has been muddied from the installation of them, think of the Ogallala Aquafer! The Developers will not be the ones living with the consequences, of tearing up the grass, destroying the views, damaging the health of people and livestock, and driving up taxes, because they don’t live there and they get Tax Credits from the project, which ultimately comes from the pockets of everyone below them.
Listen to Warren Buffet for the real reason to build them. It isn’t for the environment, it is for the money. Stop this waste of Tax Money now. Until you live in a Wind Tower Project you have no idea how real the problems are that they cause and then it is too late. Why am I writing this from the other end of the state? Because I am truly interested in the environment, other people, I don’t want to pay more taxes, and our farm and our house use water from the Ogallala Aquafer.
Check the facts. They do not belong near people, pets, livestock, wildlife or the Ogallala Aquafer! Just say NO.