I was recently in Freeport Maine for a lecture presented by former Maine Governor Angus King titled, the Future of Wind Power in Maine. During the Q&A session at the end of the lecture, the co-founder of Friends of Lincoln Lakes Brade Blake stood up and made a big to-do about how wind turbines are “sprawling industrial wind sites” in response to the proposed wind farm near his cottage on Lincoln Lake. Lets examine a few reasons why Blake may just be a little off his rocker.
Lets start with the most obvious point that any friend of Lincoln Lakes who want to do what is best for the lake should want clean wind energy for their cottage. Ideally, a true friend of Lincoln Lake wouldn’t be living on the lake, they would be protecting the lake from development instead of cutting down trees so they can enjoy a view for the summer, but because asking Blake to live like a native American isn’t going to happen lets just say that clean energy is the closest he and his friends are going to get.
Second, lets take into consideration his comment that the wind turbines cause something that he calls “vibro-acoustic syndrome” which I am guessing is similar in its symptoms to the syndrome that people living under power lines experience but can’t really prove. I have stood below a wind turbine, about 200 feet from the base and I couldn’t hear or feel anything from it. What I could here is airplanes flying over head, a skill saw buzzing from a distance, and birds singing. Any claim that turbines are causing some syndrome are a hog wash scare tactic to influence people who have never seen a majestic turbine.
The only conclusion that I can find is that Blake’s lack of support for clean energy stems from his selfish desire to not alter the ridge line which lies in his view because he doesn’t like wind turbines. I would suggest that if Blake and his friends really want to be the friends of Lincoln Lakes that they claim to be, they either adopt the wind farm or become zero net energy users. There is a price to be paid for energy and that price is either dead soldiers (oil), nuclear waste, climate change (coal), high energy prices (natural gas), high food prices (debatable, ethanol), or a diminished view. Given the options, I would sacrifice the view first. Blake’s solution to the problem is private small scale energy such as solar, micro-hydro, and wind hybrid systems but they are inefficient, expensive, and just a diversion from the hard choice that needs to be made.
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