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Hundreds gather in the U.S. to protest huge ‘desecration’
April 13. 2023
A wind “farm” proposed in Idaho was the subject of a protest by hundreds of citizens, according to news reports. According to Big Rapids News,
“…the wind farm would be the second-largest in the U.S., producing up to 1,000 megawatts and doubling the amount of wind energy produced in Idaho.
“But the plan has drawn widespread opposition from government leaders, local ranchers and people who say the project endangers the Minidoka National Historic Site, which commemorates the thousands of people with Japanese ancestry who were ordered by the U.S. government into prison camps around the country starting in 1942.”
Citizens complained not only of the impact the power project would have on the environment and landscape, they said they had been virtually left out of the planning process:
“They come here because they thought we were a bunch of dumb hillbillies,” [citizen]Looper said. “They were going to slide it through … and they were going to walk out of here rich.”
Others at the rally talked about the impact the turbines might have on wildlife — the draft impact statement estimates 10,000 bird fatalities each year — and said minority groups had been left out of the planning process.
According to energy commentator and author Robert Bryce, now 500 communities have either restricted or outright rejected wind and solar power projects across the United States.
The Independent Electricity System Operator or IESO in Ontario recently closed a Request For Proposals in February, none of which appear to have been for new wind power.
Another RFP is scheduled for later in the year.
“And we’re ready,” says Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson. “We know a lot more about wind power now than we did in the McGuinty-Wynne government years. We know now that wind power is a weather-dependent, out of phase with demand, land-gobbling, lower power density source of power generation. Ontario can do better to maintain and grow its mostly emissions-free grid.”
“We will fight against the industrialization of our rural communities for an inefficient power source.”