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Everyone wants power and waste disposal, yet when it comes to where the power sources and garbage dumps are to be located to meet that demand, most people don’t want them near their own backyard.

It gets a little too obvious when truly green energy projects like windmills are challenged by NIMBYers. Instead of being honest that they don’t want them near their homes because they’ll reduce their property value, be an eyesore, and other honest reasons, they often say they pose some sort of hazard.

Here is one such example.

While I’m all for an investigation of true scientific studies concerning the health effect of windmills, I support private property rights, and private property responsibilities of full liability for any actions undertaken on private property.

It really is laughable to me to fixate on opposing windmills on the basis of posing a health hazard — in this case, 550 metres away from homes, when, for example, within several blocks of where I live, there are two high-power transmission towers that sit less than 50 metres away from some homes.

I think Mr. Hanna needs to take a broader view of the health effects posed by all power sources near homes if he expects to be taken seriously by most people who are genuinely concerned about health effects, and not just their own property value and aesthetics.

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Ditlev Engel, president of Vestas, the world’s largest provider of wind turbines, was on the Charlie Rose Show on June 17, 2010, and shared some very interesting statistics:

  • Denmark currently gets 20% of its electricity from wind.
  • Denmark’s government plans to have 100% of its electricity production free of fossil fuel by 2040.
  • Wind is one-third of the cost of solar today.
  • 2% of the world’s electricity production comes from wind.
  • 2000 employees in R&D in Vestas, the largest in wind energy R&D in the world.
  • China was the world’s largest market for wind turbines in 2009.
  • He said the U.S. has the best wind resources in the world.
  • From 2006-2008, the U.S. was their largest market. In 2009, they didn’t sign a single order in the U.S.

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