In reference to the Feb. 13 opinion piece “Just say no to turbines,” Laurie Nichols Kelly’s plea for
fewer turbines, I can sympathize with, and understand her concerns about having noise and
“ugliness” in their vicinity. Turbines really should be off in the distance on unused land that
mitigates their side effects. Traveling in Europe, where turbines are found in abundance, it is
clear that the rules of keeping these towering constructions far from houses are being followed.
Rational and intelligent people look to scientific data that projects that, having reached peak oil
production in 2005, we now have approximately 40 years before we enter the period of rapidly
declining oil reserves — this from scientists, not me. The effects of climate change from fossil
fuels continue to cause disruption and deleterious results. Wind, solar, tidal power and hydro
must be developed, or we will all be in trouble with energy. The shortsightedness and
ignorance of the current President is not helping.
Many will lament about bird kill. The accepted statistics on this is that there may be as many as
300,000 birds killed by windmills annually (although this number is still widely disputed). It is
estimated that construction towers kill 40 million birds a year, power lines kill another 140
million and cats kill hundreds of millions. We don’t like to kill birds — I get that — but turbines
aren’t as bad as some people would make out.
We are going to have to make changes in the future with regard to energy generation. Our
cars, our homes, our lives are all going to be affected. We can wait until it’s a crisis and fight
over the last oil reserves, or be proactive and ease into the next decades with a gradual shift to
Southbridge, Mass. and Milbridge