Wind power... It's green... It's good... It reduces our dependency on foreign oil... That's what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement this farm town's failing economy with a farm of their own -- that of 40 industrial wind turbines. Attracted at first to the financial incentives, residents grow increasingly alarmed as they discover side effects they never dreamed of, as well as the potential for disturbing financial scams. With wind development growing rapidly at 39% annually in the US, WINDFALL is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the future of renewable energy. Written by
Struggle of townspeople in NY community when they learn about a wind power development
This is an excellent and balanced view of what can happen when a huge multi-national corporation targets your community for an industrial wind power generation facility. In this case, the townspeople decide to learn more on their own and look beyond the wind company's hype about "green" and "clean" and they discovered the potential for health problems, environmental impact, and the extent to which the development would change their community. In fact, just having the proposal changed the community--probably forever--as it pits people against one another.
For some, all they had to know was that they would be getting a cheque. Others wanted to know what the impact would be from having the huge industrial structures in their community. A key issue was how the elected officials saw their role: take the money or protect the community? Very thoughtful, and well done.
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