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Harsh weather affect everybody's backyard

• Mar 14, 2019 at 9:29 AM

NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Tim Adam of Wakeman.

In all the reporting of complaints about the coming wind farms, the most common seem to be "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) issues. Some don't want to see the wind turbines, some don't want to hear them  and some are worried about their effect on property values.

But let's keep in mind that wind power is a big part our work to tamp down climate change as we switch from fossil fuel to clean energy. And let's keep in mind how urgent this work is, as climate change hits us with more and stronger harsh weather events.

Let's remember some of those harsh weather events that occurred not long ago in Huron County. Last September we had a heat wave so severe that it caused some of our schools to close. Then at the end of January, a visit from the polar vortex caused all of our local schools to close for two straight days of severe cold with wind chill to 27 below zero. Then one February Sunday brought an all day wind of 30 mph gusting to 60 that damaged buildings and knocked down trees and power lines.

And when considering wind farms, let's remember that these harsh weather events are in everyone's backyard.

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