I was about to write something really, really angry and unreasonable about this ridiculous NIMBY-ism, but I'll bite my tongue and limit it to one comment:
"We cannot, in our effort to take advantage of wind energy or any other admirable form of ecologically sound energy, sacrifice entire towns, businesses and deeply valued environments."
Yes, yes we CAN. The entire planet is involved in a war with itself right now. We have two choices: Drastically change our way of life, or take responsibility and deal with the consequences. It's not going to be easy, it's not going to be fun, but it's the only choice.
There was no electric grid when Ferndale was first built, so maybe they want to just turn the power off and go back to those days as a Victorian Village. Or maybe they want to move one of the new generators from the PG&E plant into town.
Six months of construction trucks in an area where there used to be literally thousands of huge logging trucks hauling old-growth redwood trees right through the middle of town is not exactly much of a price to pay in exchange for a third of the county's energy being supplied without relying on an out-of-area natural gas pipeline that runs directly across an earthquake fault.
Not to mention the fact that we're due for a magnitude 9 earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault some time in the next few decades, at which point it's quite likely every building not built in the last couple of decades will be a pile of rubble, anyway.
All you need to do is look at what just happened to the east coast, or what's happening due to the typhoon in Japan right now, to see what the penalty for not doing anything is. The 1964 flood caused incredible damage to the area, and that kind of thing is entirely likely to be a regular occurrence in the next hundred years.
One wind farm isn't going to stop that from happening, but it's a necessary step to do our part. If doing my part meant putting up a 2MW wind turbine in my back yard, I would gladly do it.
If Ferndale and the other NIMBY squeaky wheels get this plan scuttled, I will personally boycott the town's business for the remainder of my days, and encourage everyone else I know to do so as well.
I realize that there are probably plenty of people in Ferndale and the area who aren't against this plan, or have reasonable, valid concerns, but I did not think it was possible for me to be so angry at a small town in Humboldt County
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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