Letter to the Editor

Katey Rinehart letter

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Thank you to Katey for her excellent letter about wind turbines. I am a baby boomer and I am for wind turbines. Coal is dirty, pollutes the landscape, kills miners and is unsustainable. I invite you to go to the Spencer library and check out the book “Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future” by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights. Without a change in the way we use energy, millennials’ grandchildren will live in a world incompatible with life as we know it. For instance, Norfolk, Virginia, where I used to live and where a vital naval base is located, will be under water, as will much of Florida.

I invite you to drive to Forest City by way of county road A42 and see the miles of wind turbines being erected in farm fields. Check out the wind energy and turbine technology program offered by Iowa Lakes Community College. According to the ILCC website, almost $130,000 worth of electricity is generated each year (by the college turbine). That covers more than 70 percent of electricity used in the educational buildings on the Estherville campus. As far as killing birds, turbines kill fewer birds than cats and companies are trying to locate turbines away from bird flight patterns. According to GE, the average turbine makes about the same level of noise as a refrigerator and less than an air conditioner.

I would much rather live close to a wind turbine than a hog lot!

— Mary Marske