Letter: Don’t Reject Wind Energy in Vermont
To the Editor:
We Vermonters are in a difficult spot. We are preparing to recognize Vermont Energy Independence Day on March 21 and are proud of our comprehensive state energy plan with its goal of 90 percent renewables by 2050, yet we are faced with Senate Bill 30, which, if passed, would severely damage the wind industry in Vermont, and in turn cause harm to the solar industry. Yes, I am biased, as this is my livelihood, but the consequences of climate disruption affect all of our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren.
According to VPIRG, a February poll confirms what previous polls have shown: Vermonters want wind, with a full 69 percent wanting wind built in their community. When we say no to wind (to clean, non-polluting energy), we are saying by default yes to oil and gas (fossil fuels that contribute to climate disruption, polluting the air and water). We need to be aggressively transitioning to all forms of renewables, not putting up additional roadblocks. We already have the toughest permitting process for wind in the Northeast. If you haven’t taken a tour of the Sheffield wind farm, you can now do so in the comfort of your home by watching a short VPIRG clip atbeautiful sight, in my humble opinion. Please do not fear — cats kill more birds than wind turbines, and the noise you hear in the video is the quiet sound of these new, efficient turbines. By utilizing just 4 percent of Vermont’s ridgelines, we can provide 25 percent of the state’s electric power with wind. That would be the equivalent of taking 111,000 cars off the road.
So as we approach Vermont Energy Independence Day, I encourage you to reach out to your senators and let them know we want to continue to strive to be a green state by wisely incorporating all forms of renewables. Please ask them to say NO to S.30 and yes to our renewable energy future.