A wind turbine project has been in the works for some time for Buchanan County. NextEra has been securing leases for locations of turbines with landowners without knowledge from the general public or nearby landowners. Many landowners are just now finding out about the plan to change our beautiful rural landscape into an industrial electrical nightmare. Many factors come into play such as setbacks from dwellings, CSR (crop sustainability ratings), zoning regulations, etc., when determining whether or not this project will happen. If we do nothing then it probably will. A grassroots effort is taking shape to amend the WECS regulations currently in force for our county (Wind Energy Conversions Systems).
What’s So Bad About Wind Turbines Anyway?
The claims made by these multi billion dollar companies and the corporate renewable energy organizations are downright fallacies. The consequences of wind turbines on humans’ physical and mental health are disastrous. I’ve researched and chatted with people who have gone through hell living with turbines. They have found their lives ruined and been forced to move. Property values plummet and it’s difficult to sell.
The carnage done to animals is similar. Placing these wind farms among farmers and rural landowners who own livestock is criminal, as they watch their life’s investment suffer untold losses. This is not Iowa’s legacy!
The loss of wildlife is a travesty. Rural Iowa has the admirable quality of being able to respect wildlife and co-exist with a vibrant farming economy. Its one of the attributes of why people love Iowa — for the beauty of our land and wildlife. Wind Turbines destroy the land. The land is torn apart like a predator eating his prey. Roads are destroyed and not repaired. Gigantic transmission lines and turbines send infrasound shockwaves through the ground and air. Thousands of gallons of oil leak and seep into our groundwater and sterilize our soils. Huge caverns of concrete and steel are placed underground and never removed, even if the turbine is. The most ironic damage on the tail end is that these turbines are not sustainable as claimed. They need fossil fuels as a backup 100% of the time. They have frequent repairs and malfunction often causing dangers of fires, collapse, and even flying projectile blades. But the worst of all is that they don’t even last that long and many times are just left in place when no longer operational. If taken down the base is left in place like a giant tumor. One of the saddest negative consequences of wind turbines is the destruction of community relationships. Landowners are duped into signing leases without realizing the costs. Is a few thousand dollars worth knowing what you did to people’s lives? I for one would never do that to my neighbor. The irony is that you are not just doing it to your immediate neighbors. It’s your community and the state as a whole. What happened to the friendly Iowan spirit that for generations we have been known for?
What will you do?
Do you want to have sleepless nights, headaches, nausea, and ringing in your ears? Do you want to be confined to your home and not be able to go outside? How about a shadow flicker every few seconds? How about complete desperation and having to sell your property? My guess is that you don’t want any of that for yourself, your children, your grandchildren, your friends and neighbors, your pets, or your livestock!
- Get involved and attend community meetings, and P & Z meetings:
- Board of Supervisors Meeting: Monday, July 24th at 6 pm. St. Athanasius Gym in Jessup
- Email, call or write your County Board of Supervisors:
Or write to the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors at:
Buchanan County Board of Supervisors
PO BOX 317
Independence, IA 50644
Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece written by an independent author. The views and opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or of Buchanan County Alliance.