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‘True’ air pollution arrives

May 31, 2014

To the Editor: Once again, our communities suffer as a group when our elected and appointed representatives overlook the big picture....

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Jun-03-14 7:44 PM

"If you don't like the windmills, sell your property and move."

Obviously you haven't traveled much lately. These monstrosities are everywhere.

Also, after taking a recent trip to Colorado and back during August, I saw five states worth of turbines **stopped** on a very hot, windy day (Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, MN).

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Jun-03-14 7:40 PM

The biggest issue I have w/ wind and solar energy is that **back-up** generation is always on standby b/c the wind does not always blow, and of course the sun is not up all day.

So in essence we are paying double-cost for electricity.

I would gladly support a nuke plant next door, instead of looking at those flashing red lights (night) and spinning blades (day)...

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Jun-03-14 7:57 AM

I think our State needs to look at the big picture. Before wind farms, Minnesota imported more electricity from other states than any other continental state. That was undesirable, and we are paying dearly for it. We have another ticking time bomb with the NSP nuke plants eventually going to be retired. Who wants the next nuke plants in their backyard...I will gladly take looking at windmills over nuke plants next door, and storing their nuclear wastes..we still need to get solar systems and geothermal established here, too.

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Jun-02-14 5:14 PM

Wind farms are completely stupid. Nice way to guarentee that nobody will ever live around them ever except for the existing farm sites. Would anyone ever want to develop housing around those turbines? How about 50 years from now? If they are so great why aren't they all over the entire country? I mean saturating the whole country? NIMBY!!! Just put them where all the dumb farmers are, right??

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Jun-01-14 1:17 PM

Good God. I drove old 16 from Blue Earth to Fairmont yesterday. Been years since I have been down there & if my elder deer hunting partner was still kicking south of Guckeen. Those things would have lots of holes.

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May-31-14 9:16 PM

Telling someone if you dont like it just move doesn't help. Makes it obvious why so many people choose to move out of southern Mn. How are we going to keep people from leaving with that kind of attitude. Just because you don't agree with him you tell him to leave.

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May-31-14 8:10 AM

Yes, nobody wants these windmills and power lines in their back yard. However, our society is built on electricity. The days of the horse and buggy / kerosene lantern have been replaced by smartphones/ TV / Computers, etc. I will take the windmills / powerlines and all the technology, over the the so called "good old days" of the past. This technology is increasing the life span to near 85 yrs as compared to 65 just a few generations ago. If you don't like the windmills, sell your property and move.

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