All of us who live in North East Township prefer to go about our daily lives with the confidence that township officials are making good decisions, keeping the interests of ALL township residents in mind as they weigh the pros and cons of specific business affecting everyone in our community. The proposed wind turbine project, a development on a scale beyond anything previously done here, requires special consideration and care, not only because of the size and scope of this project, but because there are so many technical issues that need to be understood.
Complex issues require a technical backgroundIt’s unlikely township officials will have the technical background to fully understand every potential project, all the more reason to proceed slowly, consulting outside expertise ON BOTH SIDES of an issue so their decisions are fully informed. With wind turbines, a background in math and science and some basic physics is necessary, along with some engineering, not to mention the economics and politics involved in the entire “green energy” field. Without that knowledge, a person can be misled into believing they have all the facts when they’ve really been shown only a select few.
If you can’t answer a question, you shouldn’t make a decision
During the last few meetings of the North East Township supervisors and planning board, it became apparent that all technical questions about the project were being redirected to a representative of Pioneer Green Energy. He was, in effect, answering on behalf of the township, unfortunately, he was not elected by anyone in North East to represent them or to make decisions on their behalf. His answers are obviously going to present wind turbines in the most favorable possible light for the benefit of his company.
Many of you realize, if you had to give a detailed technical answer to a question about wind turbines, you would have to learn a lot more before offering an opinion. For most of you, though, no one is really going to ask, but many township officials are in exactly that spot. With this constant reliance on someone else to answer for them, it’s apparent they have some homework to do. If you or I or anyone else, asks a township official directly, we expect them to answer directly, themselves, to show us they know enough about the issue to make a fully informed decision, to show us they understand, to give us the confidence their decision is based on facts and not some other predisposition.
More input is needed before any decisions are made
We are more than willing to offer as much technical input as they require, to give them another point of view fully backed up by the facts. When they are able to answer questions from residents of North East Township directly, to explain their reasoning and what data they are referencing, then, and only then, will they be able to say with confidence they’ve fully researched all sides and are making their best decision possible. Then, and only then, can we have the confidence their decisions haven’t been made too soon or without a full understanding of the issues. They should require nothing less of themselves and you shouldn’t require any less of them, either.
The issues facing our elected representatives today are complex and costly and North East isn’t a sleepy little town with nothing at risk. This project is huge and deserves everyone’s best efforts to make the right decisions. Our officials MUST do this right or they MUST NOT do it at all. There is no other option.