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What the Multibillion dollar Large Industrial Wind Power Companies, the Environmentalists connected to them and the politicians don’t want you to know about Large scale wind power

TOURISM & PROPERTY VALUES

Large Wind Farms do not bring in tourists or tourist dollars

Often times billion dollar wind turbine developers and politicians use the example of Europe that these wind farms will become tourist attractions. In places such as the United Kingdom where thousands of turbines were built near tourist towns throughout the country they are actually closing the wind turbine visitor centers because they aren’t getting enough business as they originally anticipated! So why do people visit Rhode Island? The pristine scenery, the spectacular views, the history, the spectacular beaches, the festivals. Rhode Island is one of the sailing and yachting capitals of the world. Rhode Island’s client base doesn’t come to look at hundreds of 450 foot tall industrial steel turbines marring the ocean right off our scenic and naturally beautiful coastlines.

Independent Studies show that the Cape Wind project could cause the Cape and Islands in Massachusetts to lose $1.3 BILLION in property values. Independent Studies also suggest that the tourist industry in the Cape and Islands could lose as much as $123 MILLION a year if the Cape Wind project is implemented. And finally independent studies suggest that the Cape Wind project could cause a loss of as many as 2,533 TOURIST RELATED JOBS. This project consists of 130 offshore turbines that are on average 6 miles off the coast. In Rhode Island which has similar industries we could see a severe loss in property values, tourist revenue and tourist related job loss.

The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University Blowing in the Wind: Offshore Wind and the Cape Cod Economy

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney publicly opposes the Cape Wind Project in Massachusetts

Large Industrial Wind Farm Visual Impact Study

A sample of photo copied letters from the Country Guardian in the United Kingdom written by real estate agents and attorneys relating to property transactions impacted by the proximity of large industrial wind farms.

The following links are Industrial Wind Power News from Europe related to tourism

Tourists blow ill wind on renewable energy

Tourism fears over wind farm plan

'Glaring error' in windfarm document 

FISHING, LOBSTERING & THE QUAHOG INDUSTRY

Offshore Industrial Wind Turbines will have negative effects on the Rhode Island fishing, lobster and quahog industry

A Offshore Industrial Wind Turbine report by the OSPAR Commission This report details the very likelihood of negative impacts on Fisheries where Offshore Industrial Wind Turbines are constructed: The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (the “OSPAR Convention”) was opened for signature at the Ministerial Meeting of the former Oslo and Paris Commissions in Paris on September 22, 1992. The Convention entered into force on March 25, 1998. It has been ratified by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and approved by the European Community and Spain.

Problems and Benefits Associated with the Development of Offshore Wind-Farms

Wind farm will blow away crab jobs, say fishermen

WILDLIFE PUT IN DANGER BY WIND FARMS

Birds

Guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) state that wind towers should not be near wetlands or other known bird or bat concentration areas or in areas with a high incidence of fog or low cloud ceilings, especially during spring and fall migrations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has prevented any expansion of the several Altamont Pass wind plants in California, rejecting as well the claim that new solid towers would mitigate the problem.

Bats

Windpower Monthly reported in October 2003 that the shocking number of bats being killed by wind towers in the U.K. is causing trouble for developers. The president of Bat Conservation International, Merlin Tuttle, has said, "We're finding kills even in the most remote turbines out in the middle of prairies, where bats don't feed."

At least 2,000 bats were killed on Backbone Mountain in West Virginia in just 2 months during their 2003 fall migration. Continuing research has found that rate to be typical all year, or even low, for wind turbines on forested ridges.

Source: A Problem With Wind Power by Eric Rosenbloom
Mr. Rosenbloom is a writer and science editor living in Vermont
His research is about Large Scale Wind Farm development through out Europe and the world.
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"The Renewable Energy Debate and Wind Power"


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