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Opinion: At home with the wind

Opinion: At home with the wind

An impressive and thoughtful opinion piece on wind power by Andy Robinson of Plainfield, Vt., appeared on the independent news website Vermont Digger recently.

A brief excerpt:

“Driving through the Pacific Northwest, I thought about the “wind wars” back home in Vermont, and all the people I know and admire on all sides of this debate. The arguments about wind are partly about aesthetics, but also about habitat: is it worth fragmenting our forests in the interest of producing energy? This is an important question, but I’ve noticed an undertone that makes me uncomfortable: the idea that our landscape is somehow more special than others, and therefore more worthy of protection …

“Except for the few who live off the grid and generate their own power, we are all complicit when we flip on the lights. Vermont may feel like a precious island – one that we strive mightily to protect – and yet we are connected to the rest of the world in many invisible ways. Unlike a wind tower on a local ridgeline, it’s easy to ignore what we can’t see from home, like the rising oceans that flood island nations in the Pacific and wheat fields in Bangladesh.”

Related articles:

In former anti-wind hotbed, turbines are part of landscape, January 3, 2012

Letter writers take NY Times to task for anti-wind op-ed, October 6, 2011

Vermont's wind energy: Responding to a New York Times op-ed, October 3, 2011

'Wind Uprising' documentary film now available on DVD, July 22, 2011

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