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Wind farms are a ‘green scam’
Mar 29, 2013 | 2334 views | 6 6 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor:

Regarding the March 23 story about locating wind farms in Bee, Live Oak and San Patricio counties:

Here are some facts about the devastating effects of wind farms.

1. They are massively subsidized by our federal taxpayers dollars.

2. They don’t work, usually generating about 20% of their “advertised” capacity.

3. They lower adjacent landowners’ property values. Studies in other areas show that adjacent landowners often apply to appraisal districts for a lower land value due to visual and noise pollution from nearby wind farms.

4. Even with government subsidies, they still produce more expensive electricity than we get from fossil fuel sources. And our electric utilities are “required” to purchase a certain percentage from “green” sources, adding to the customers’ costs.

5. Initial employment drops to just a few persons to maintain the structures.

6. Biological studies are routinely ignored by wind farm companies, witness the Kenedy Ranch wind farm located in one of the richest bird areas of Texas.

7. The western U.S. is covered with abandoned and derelict wind farms because the companies went bankrupt when the subsidies ran out, and they had to replace motors or towers. The landowner gets stuck with a removal cost or a nice permanent monument to the “green gods.”

It’s all a “green scam” to bilk taxpayers and enrich the original developers. I hope our county commissioners don’t fall for the scam by granting tax abatements which will make our property taxes higher to make up the deficit from lost revenues.

Jimmy Jackson
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feelark
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April 10, 2013
Oh, and in the interest of FULL disclosure here Mr. Jackson, might you have any ties to or interests in the Oil and Gas industry (past or present), or does the limit of your interest lie solely in being an "avid birder" only? Could you enlighten us?
feelark
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April 23, 2013
I supposed some well-placed silence answers as many questions as speaking up sometimes.
DifferentView2
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April 23, 2013
Bazinga!
DubiousForever
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April 09, 2013
So, using your logic, I guess an oil rig is like a Picasso painting, and a fraking tanker would be a Monet, and the carnage they wreak on the highway is nothing short of a Michelangelo. Get a grip.
bawlbaby
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April 09, 2013
This is a "right on" letter. The windmill movement is exactly as critiqued by the writer also, because, being aware of the slick phony arguments made in their favor, they are to a lot of us, if nothing else,GROTESQUE - this being even more so knowing the false arguments and probable kick backs that put them on our lands. President Obama's bought into it hook line and sinker. He doesn't have to look at them.
feelark
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April 10, 2013
Live in the past,bawlbaby. We need alternative energy for the future. This anti-progressive thinking leads to to nothing in the way of solutions.

I would take a "green scam" over "oily scum" any day!