When we were discussing the pros and cons of wind turbines in class earlier today, an article that I had read a few years ago came to mind.
First, a bit of background information. Within the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in the prevalence of wind turbines in the area. This is especially true in the counties east of Erie. At the time of the “2009 wind turbine boom,” a local news paper interviewed a work acquaintance of mine who lived near one of the newly constructed turbines. The article was titled “Wind casts a shadow – and yes, it flickers.” As you can probably imagine, the article (or I should say, my friend and his wife) took a relatively negative stance towards the wind turbines. And after reading the article, this is understandably so.
The article generally details the effects of living near a wind turbine. Basically, they’re loud, they cause a “flickering” effect on direct sunlight, and (apparently) kill a bunch of birds. However for the majority of people, the wind turbines provide a clean source of renewable energy…..and they’re pretty cool to look at.
Given the vast benefits of a clean source of renewable energy, the negative impacts on a few seem reasonably justifiable. But, I don’t live near a wind turbine, nor have I spent an evening at my friends house. Then again, you can’t make an omelet without crackin’ a few eggs.
Here’s a link to the article.
(Just in case the link doesn’t work: http://thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_1d114e5c-7765-530a-b7f3-02fcadedf67a.html)