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Get your facts right

January 7, 2012
The Inter-Mountain


In response to the editorial titled "Wind power not looking as 'green,'" which appeared in the Jan. 2 edition of The Inter-Mountain, I'd like the editors to get their facts right.

The Obama administration has never called wind power "the answer to all American's energy needs" as the editorial stated. The president's New Energy For America plan does call for renewable energy to supply 10 percent of the nation's electricity by 2012, rising to 25 percent by 2025. That's for all renewable energy of which wind power is a part.

As for the five wind farms currently in operation in West Virginia, four were either in operation or granted construction permits prior to 2008, when George W. Bush was president.

The editorial also pointed out that the American Bird Conservancy estimated that 440,000 birds were killed in the United States last year by wind turbines. The Conservancy also states on its website that the following contribute to bird deaths each year: 50 million at communications towers; 300 million to 1 billion birds die each year from collisions with glass on buildings; millions of birds die each year as a result of power line interactions. And my personal favorite: scientists estimate that every year in the United States alone, cats kill hundreds of millions of birds. Those darn cats.

If the turbines cannot be made quieter, then the residents of Mineral County have every right to demand that the machines not operate during the overnight hours. Everyone deserves a good night's sleep. Maybe the cats will sleep, too.

Jack Cummins




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