This is fascinating. Pioneer Green Energy, the same company that wants to put up wind turbines in North East, is also trying to build up to forty wind turbines along the top of Shinbone Ridge in Cherokee and Etowah Counties in Alabama. Why is it fascinating? Because there are some odd similarities between that project and North East.
Same playbook, different townThanks to the recent WJET news report where John Knab of Sheldon, New York was interviewed, it’s come to our attention that Knab seems to be a favorite of Pioneer Green Energy, so much so that Pioneer “sanctioned” (what does that mean?) a trip by local officials and journalists all the way from Alabama up to Sheldon, New York, just so they could talk to Knab. Interesting, especially since Pioneer did the same thing for a group of individuals, including local officials from North East. Here, it didn’t seem out of place, but you have to think they could have found some other wind installations near the Alabama project to do a little tour, but Sheldon, New York was their choice. The news story in the Alabama paper was, as you might expect, very positive. Though we’re still checking on this unconfirmed report, Knab may have also traveled to Alabama to speak about wind turbines. Since Texas, Pioneer’s home state, is so close by, why is Sheldon, New York repeatedly used as their example?
Another odd similarity is this story by the Alabama Media Group. It reports the commissioners said they couldn’t stop Pioneer from building turbines in the county. What’s odd is that very similar words were used by the supervisors here in a public meeting several weeks ago, when they said they couldn’t stop Pioneer from building turbines, a statement, at the time, that seemed out of place because the points being raised in the meeting were about setbacks and safety issues. It’s almost like Pioneer stresses the point so often it makes people believe it. You have to wonder how numerous counties and townships turn these projects away if they “can’t.”
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What does all of this mean? We think you can form your own conclusions, but it should make you think twice before listening to one side of this issue or deciding too quickly. Those of us who oppose these turbines are more than ready to back up anything we say with references and source materials. Check us out! Will all of those who support turbines say the same?
Also interesting is this quote in the article:
the wind farms would be 2,000 feet away from the nearest residence and the windmills would only be as loud as a refrigerator at that distance.
That’s the same thing they’re telling us here for much larger turbines at half the distance, I guess it depends a lot on what refrigerator you’re referring to, either that, or this comparison means nothing at all.