To the editor:
Some years ago, I read that "interested opinion is worthless." That is, if you have an interest - or, say, investment-in something - anything positive you say about it isn't a valuable addition to a debate on its merits. Taken in that light, Jeffery Wagner's long letter on March 1 in praise of wind farms on Jack's Mountain should be taken with a grain of salt, or better, thrown in the trash. For Mr. Wagner is President of a German company that is erecting windmills all over the world and therefore has a direct financial interest in seeing more of them built. If Mr. Wagner were a private citizen who lived here, I would read his ideas with interest, but it is clear he is a cog in the environmental-governmental machine that is trying to wrench us into the untested future of energy.
His argument is damaged by its conscious avoidance of discussion of the economics of wind farms and the government subsidies for them that are a large driver in this industry, which is to say that we taxpayers contribute to the cost of the windmills we permit. A London newspaper this morning reports, "Developers are abandoning plans for new wind farms in Britain because they are 'no longer financially viable,'" following a substantial reduction in government subsidies.
And why are wind farms, the darlings of the environmental movement, always built next to us poor suckers out here in the boonies? Why aren't there wind farms on top of the mountains at Aspen or on Ted Turner's ranches? Because, as Ted Kennedy famously complained when there were wind farms planned for the waters off Cape Cod, "That's where I sail!"
Mr. Wagner says that wind farms will be a "source of pride." That's a silly and arrogant statement that would never be made by anyone with an independent view of the matter. Mr. Wagner's letter was headlined, "alternative ideas." I have an alternative idea for you, Mr. Wagner: Why don't you get lost? Take your machines and government money and go sell your snake oil to some less-informed people. Nobody here cares what you think. Get out of town and never darken our mountains again.