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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hush Money Passed Out For Wind Farms In Eastern Oregon

Turbines Too Loud? Here, Take $5,000

Published: July 31, 201
NY Times/Bradford Today

IONE, Ore. — Residents of the remote high-desert hills near here have had an unusual visitor recently, a fixer working out the kinks in clean energy.

Patricia Pilz of Caithness Energy, a big company from New York that is helping make this part of eastern Oregon one of the fastest-growing wind power regions in the country, is making a tempting offer: sign a waiver saying you will not complain about excessive noise from the turning turbines — the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of the future, advocates say — and she will cut you a check for $5,000.

“Shall we call it hush money?” said one longtime farmer, George Griffith, 84. “It was about as easy as easy money can get.” More...


Anonymous said...

I've lived by airports, railroad tracks, I even did a stint on an artillery base.

You'd be surprised what you can get used to.

If it helps keep our planet a little greener, I'd gladly see some turbines go up.

oh... I can probably live with the 5 grand spending money too :)

Anonymous said...

This is the ultimate admission that there is a problem with the noise. This industry has been trying to downplay it for several years.

Anonymous said...

A month or two ago somebody wrote on here that the wind companies are racing the clock to get these things built before people catch on to the fact that the noise creates health problems and the wind farms diminishe neighbors property values. Putting these things in areas where the wind is average or below-average (like in Potter County) is insane. It is driven by the greed of a few and the tilted playing field created by tax subsidies and write-offs plus the exhileration some people feel about being part of a renewable energy movement. If this goes through, we will all be sorry (except a handful of people who make money through leasing property even if they drive out their neighbors).

Anonymous said...

So some guy told you one time that wind companies were bad... and that's all you needed to hear.

Cause your all about education right? Not just the knee jerk NIMBY crap that everyone else pulls.

And you have some great points.

Its all about greed.
And tax subsidies (I would hope we give tax incentives for people that make environmentally responsible investments)

And it's not just greed, it's also about the EXHILARATION!
(lol I'm gonna have to remember that.
It's not about responsibility,
being green is about the RUSH YOU GET!)


What is with the self delusional crap in this country?

You could provide someone irrefutable evidence their actions are making a terrible world for their grandchildren...

but if they had to suffer an ounce of personal discomfort or change to be more responsible they would list 1000 reasons not to change their ways.
"My property value!!" (protip: your house in coudersport? it's not worth much to begin with)

The greatest generation gave birth to the greatest generation of hypocrites (that's you boomers, though not ALL of you).

We know we are ruining the planet, but anytime anyone tries to make change for the better people come up with anything they can to fight it "but but but the noise! it makes people sick and crazy i heard!"

FYI: places embracing wind like UK, Germany, Scotland.
70-90% approval of the windfarms by the people that live near them.

Anonymous said...

Hold on! Those countries have setbacks that are far far far longer than what is being proposed for Potter County. You do your research!

Anonymous said...

Setbacks in Denmark are now one mile or more. They know a little bit about wind energy over there. Setbacks in Ulysses are, what, maybe two football fields away? Come down off your high horse.

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