Letters reflect opposing views on wind energy

Wind opponents raising phony
Dear Editor:
It is disappointing how many false arguments are being used to oppose a wind turbine energy generation facility in the county.
A letter was written to the paper about how wind turbines aren’t all clean. And it is true, they aren’t 100 percent clean energy generation. No one has argued they were that. But the reality is this is just another of the phony arguments against them, because when you look at wind turbines compared to coal, and they don’t even come close to how dirty coal energy is from burning it, mountain top and pit mining, to tailing ponds leaking into streams. So is the person opposed to wind turbines because they “aren’t clean” opposed to coal energy? Of course not. And I doubt they were ever really concerned about that issue.
We’ve seen people argue about property values going down, except peer review studies show that actually isn’t happening. The few “studies” actually making the claim they go down of course aren’t peer reviewed, because they wouldn’t stand up to the scrutiny of their methods or conclusions.
We’ve seen ice throw raised as an issue, even though all modern wind turbines have safety measures to prevent this. But again, that was never really the issue either. We’ve seen noise raised as an issue, and how it would affect those neighboring, even though the noise wouldn’t be any more than that of the grain bin driers used by the same people raising this issue.
And I have to wonder, have these same people driven by the ethanol plant and smelled the acrid sour smell coming off it when in production? Or the wet potato smell of Iams? Did you fight for the people neighboring them having to deal with that? Are you going to fight for them now? Ah, right, that wasn’t next to your home so you didn’t really care. And have you addressed nitrogen and herbicide run-off from your farms that pollute your neighbors, and the city of Aurora’s water? The city had to dig a new well because people didn’t seem to care how they affected others that way.
I’ve only seen one honest answer from someone opposing them. They didn’t want to see them looking out of their windows. I’d have to say if that is the standard to prevent businesses from coming in, there wouldn’t be very many businesses around here. I’m sure those living across the highway from the ethanol plants don’t really appreciate those views, especially at night with all the lights blaring into their homes? No wonder everyone around there has huge shelter belts.
Which comes to the solution for not wanting to see the wind turbines. Do what those people had to and plant some trees.
There are things all over the county I’m sure neighbors don’t appreciate being next to. From large cattle operations to unsightly trash from daily operations of some businesses, to noise. It is really disappointing that people (except one) are having to make up reasons to oppose this project. Stop the smokescreens and just tell the truth. There isn’t a thing this company could do to satisfy you.
Kent Goertzen,
Wind energy is
a big scam
Dear Editor:
I have a few thoughts about the proposed construction of wind turbines.
First, I believe they are a big scam. They are supposed to be clean, green energy. The only thing green about them is the high amount of green cash they cost to construct and operate. Built of fiberglass, which cannot be recycled and is not biodegradable, so if they are torn down after they fail, all products are sent to a landfill. The big cement pad is not taken out. Valuable farmland taken out of production for this equipment is now useless.
Anyone farming adjacent ground has to make big changes in their operation. They won’t be able to aerial spray crops within a quarter of a mile because of safety issues for plane and pilot. They might not be able to ground spray because of unknown drift caused by rotation of turbines. This farmland has now lost value.
California has many rules and regulations promoting wind turbines. How is that working out? They have more brown outs and black outs than any other state! Wind energy is just not efficient. Now they want to push their rules on Nebraska to use wind energy to produce the ethanol they purchase from us. We don’t need their rules here as our conditions are different than theirs. Might be time for local farmers to think about delivering corn somewhere else.
Hamilton County became a livestock friendly county a few years ago. Wind turbines are not livestock friendly. We don’t know what type of physical or mental damage these turbines will cause to pets, livestock or wildlife, not to mention people. Do we really want to take those chances?
Windmills were constructed throughout cattle country in the 1800’s to pump water for livestock. They were outdated in the 1900’s as more reliable and more economical resources were discovered. As we approach 2020, these wind turbine proponents want us to go back to 1800’s technology to produce electricity. What’s next, kerosene lanterns and wood stoves? With lack of efficient electricity production, might have to consider it.
I think it’s time for our county commissioners to not only remember who they represent, but also who is paying their salary. I’m talking about Hamilton County residents! It’s not Bluestem Energy.
Ken Hunnicutt,

EPA proposal not okay for farmers
Dear Editor:
In agriculture, we’re stronger when we’re working together. This is why we need to unify and amplify our voices and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) we’re angry with their proposed fix to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
For far too long, the EPA has been destroying ethanol demand by granting waivers to oil refineries, eliminating over 4 billion gallons of biofuel demand. As our nation’s second largest ethanol producing state and third largest corn producing state, our economy and rural way of life relies heavily on our corn and ethanol industries. EPA’s waivers are blows to both sectors.
President Trump made a promise to restore the RFS by accounting for waived gallons of ethanol. However, the EPA is basing these gallons off the Department of Energy’s recommendations, which were far fewer than the number of gallons EPA actually granted.
Farmers have one more chance to change the current trajectory. Contact the EPA today and tell them their proposal is NOT okay and DOES NOT align with the president’s promise to restore integrity to the RFS. There are over 21,000 corn farmers in Nebraska and nearly 2 million residents that benefit. If we can get even a fraction of these individuals to submit comments, we have a chance to make a change. Tell the EPA to follow the law and account for all waived gallons by visiting NebraskaCorn.org.
Brandon Hunnicut
Nebraska Corn Board District 3 Director

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