Myron and Robin Sunderman, Clarinda, Iowa
1. Billions of federal tax dollars necessary: to construct, operate, maintain for a 20 year lifespan of a wind generator; for big wind generator business profits; bribery money for state and local governments and to private land owner contracts.
2. Wind energy is costly to produce and is an unreliable, intermittent energy source with only a 30-40% efficiency rate, at best. This destabilizes the power grid and ultimately raises electric costs to consumers. Electric bills will be 3-4 times higher. (In Germany, where they have decreased use of coal and nuclear power, the Electric Bills are 50% higher and the Germans are having to rely on European Union sources of energy also.)
3. Property is devalued- property where wind turbines are located and in the vicinity lose their pristine land value. The land where the wind turbine is located and the land in the vicinity lose 24-45% of the land value.
4. Less Property Tax Revenue-State and local government will lose tax revenue when property values decline.
5. Lawsuit risks-State, local government and the private land owners who have contracts could face class action lawsuits for devalued land and for the other negative impacts. (Wind generator bigbusiness will not be liable when the 20 year contracts are over or if they sell the company in the meantime. Big business knows how to avoid liability risks.
6. Decommissioning Costs-State and local government and private land owners with contracts will be liable for the costs of decommissioning the wind Generators when their 20 year lifespan is over. Costs range from $400,000 to $ 1 million dollars/wind generator. The big wind generator business contracts will be over and they will not have any liability and they know how to avoid these costly liabilities. The money paid to private land owners won’t cover these costs. In addition, the components of the wind generators (and solar panels) are toxic and there is no way to recycle them. There is also no way to dispose of the components, and landfills across Iowa are refusing to take them.
Reference book: Paradise Destroyed-The Destruction of Rural Living by the Wind Energy Scam by Gregg Hubner. Also view website: www.windaction.org
The Page County Property Rights Coalition is also holding an informational meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Wilbolm Hall.
Environmental Costs- 1. Damage to roads, bridges, and property of the private land owner contractors, and the neighboring properties.
2. Wildlife killed-hundreds of thousands of birds, and big bird raptors-ie, bald and golden eagles, hawks, owls, and condors are killed, and migrating birds. Millions of bat species are killed and some are endanger of becoming extinct. (Solar panels incinerate birds, bats, and any animal on the ground in the vicinity of them.) There are also unresearched effects on other wildlife, lifestock, pets, and the soil ecosystem and crops.
3. Soil damage occurs with the 30 foot pits that are dug and filled with concrete and steel bars to anchor the wind generator towers.
4. Thousands of acres of private land is needed across many states to develop a power grid. The Department of Energy plan diagram shows all of Iowa covered with wind generators. This will devastate the pristine beauty and value of Iowa land. It is not a green and environmentally friendly plan.
5. The components of the wind generators (and solar panels) are toxic and there is no way to recycle them after decommissioning. There is also no way to dispose of the components, and landfills across Iowa and the USA are refusing to take them. Germany is facing this problem now.
Reference book: Paradise Destroyed-The Destruction of Rural Living by the Wind Energy Scam by Gregg Hubner. Also view website: www.windaction.org.Health, Mental Health, and Safety Risks: 1. Constant Noise Nuisances with low and high frequency sounds and infrasound waves causes physiological, and mental and emotional disturbances.
2. Constant Visual Nuisances with flashing red lights and shadowing movements also contributes to physiological and mental health disturbances. There are ordinances in communities against noise and visual nuisances in neighborhoods. This should apply to rural areas also and the neighbors who live there. (Remember the golden rule. If you would not want to live by a wind generator, why force your rural neighbors to live by them?) Why do local ordinances exempt towns, when citizens in the rural areas are effected in the same way? This is discrimination toward rural citizens.
3. Wind Turbine Syndrome and vibroacoustic syndrome are occurring with people who live in the near vicinity of wind turbines. Common symptoms are: sleep disturbances, dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms which contribute to more serious medical conditions.
4. Mental Health Effects-People who live in the vicinity of wind turbines have increased anxiety and depression, and other mood disturbances with frustration and anger. They tend to avoid going outside, and have difficulty with relaxing. They also have increased feelings of being trapped, feelings of being unsafe, and feelings of dread to go home.
5. Safety Risks-People living in the vicinity of wind turbines have safety risks with: electric failure of wind turbines; lightning strikes of the wind turbine Towers and electrical charges sent out; tower collapses by wind, tornados, other structural failures; wind turbine fires and its impact on local fire departments and first responders; Icing of wind turbines and the resulting flying ice projectiles and other risks. Maintenance workers have a very high risk job to climb the towers to repair them, more than the ordinary dangers of regular power company maintenance workers.
Reference book: Paradise Destroyed-The Destruction of Rural Living by the Wind Energy Scam by Gregg Hubner. Also view website: www.windaction.org.