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Wednesday, Aug 17 2011 03:49 PM

Are we better of with or without more windmills?

The Tehachapi News has a growing number of fans on Facebook and the forum provides an opportunity for our readers to share their opinions with us. Recently we asked: “would Tehachapi be better off with or without more wind development?”

Here are some of the responses:

Matt Haskell:

The wind power decreases our electric bills because it's clean energy.

The people complaining are probably the people who move here from L.A. and freak out about snow.

Raul Blacksten:

I am not a resident, but plan to be one day, and I do not have a problem with wind generators as they currently exist around Tehachapi. However, I have a big concern about these 500-plus foot tall monsters that they are currently trying to force on the community.

These giants are just too big and require way too much precious land.

Heather Parker:

I had to move away from Tehachapi because there was no work. My husband worked on those turbines in Mojave... not only will they continue to produce clean energy but create jobs for those who don’t have the means to move away. I would move back in a heartbeat if there was a means to support my family.

Nina Danza:

We are part timers in Sand Canyon, and I am in favor. Why? For the good of the long term global environment. Long term, as in my kids great great grandkids.

Tina Larson:

I want Walmart before these monsters!

Donna Moran:

Check your facts, Matt. Your power bill is higher because of this ‘clean’ energy.

Patrick Williams:

I feel [if] it brings jobs to this one horse town then do it. [I’ve] lived here 35 years and it's still a one horse town    no jobs. People need to work (as long as they hire us.)

Jim Moulton:

When electrical demand is at its highest, the winds through the Tehachapi Pass stop! So the power companies have to have a back-up plan and pay for energy produced from reliable sources.

Green energy sounds great, but it doesn't save us any money. As for local jobs, most of the jobs it’s created are [for] out of state workers.

Timothy David Gosmeyer:

Hey ! My house stays cool because of those fans ! Whuuh, you want the whole desert to heat up?

Robert Moran:

Yes, these $6 million wind machines are clean energy. Just don't count smelting of steel, the destruction of earth in China to obtain rare earths, the transportation of the huge masts from China and the large turbines from Denmark, the bulldozing of 25 acres of land resources for each wind machine installation. Or the many expensive underground and above ground transmission lines from rural areas to Los Angeles, the dead birds, bats, plants, and other animals, propeller and turbine noise producing sound and ground vibration, the dangerous fire potential from 80 gallonsl of oil and fiberglass resins combined with overheated bearings. Yes, safe, reliable, and clean – not! It's all about $Greed Energy courtesy of taxpayers and utility rate payers given on a platter from our elected officials. Keep these monsters out of our neighborhoods.

Jeannine Giuffre:

I used to be ‘pro-wind.’ I believed those phrases like ‘free energy,’ ‘clean energy.’ I looked at the turbines on the hills and liked them. Now, though, I have had an opportunity to read about these projects in our area and others, and have witnessed the attitudes and policies of the energy companies behind them. This has changed my mind. I believe that there is some value to wind energy but feel that the massive expansions planned in our area are too extensive. The impacts to our area and it's residents aren't worth putting all of those subsidy dollars in the pockets of some corporation. If people want to be ‘green’ or reduce energy usage there are other options that would also provide jobs.

Raul Blacksten:

A new large 1.8 MW wind generator produces 1.7 million kWh per year, enough for about 500 to 1000 homes (depending on the wind), and each tower requires a minimum of 40,000 square feet of land. To equal the output of San Onofre, for example, requires 1111 wind generators of this size and about 91 square miles of land.

Angel Biezeman:

The current Sand Canyon proposal involves rezoning of land at the mouth of Sand Canyon. Sand Canyon residents bought their land and houses with existing conditions and zoning, and now this HELO company wants to change the rules while the game is in play. There is one way in and out of Sand Canyon, and the proposed huge turbines (maximum 500 foot) would be right next to that one

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