Voters in this Berkshire County town have approved borrowing $6.4 million to build a 1.7 megawatt municipally-owned wind turbine.
Tuesday’s 189-96 vote came as the project, four years in the making, faced a last-minute opposition campaign from an anonymous OtisWind website, flyers posted around town, and letters to the editor of the Berkshire Eagle, including one from from the president of Massachusetts Wind Wise, a group dedicated to opposing wind projects.
The turbine will provide electricity for local government buildings and facilities. The rest will be sold to Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, which represents dozens of Western Massachusetts school districts, said town administrator Chris Morris.
The project is also expected to generate revenue for the town in the amount of $250,000 to $300,000 in the first year of operation, Morris added.
It’s funny that the article also mentions “so-called ‘wind turbine syndrome,’ reportedly caused by a strobe-light effect produced by the turning blades.” Wait, I thought wind turbine syndrome was supposed to be caused by “infrasound”? The causes and symptoms may change, but the only thing that remains consistent is that wind turbine opponents are willing to sacrifice our health, our climate & our economy so they don’t have to look at windmills. Which are actually pretty. No wonder they keep losing.
So here’s my question: Why do local reporters keep calling wind turbines “controversial” when voters approve them time after time by huge numbers when they get a chance to weigh in?