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Re: The lights being the most visually unsightly.
Yes, I do think the lights are visually the greatest issue. However, this is only one aspect of impact. As you know the landscape and climate changes extremely rapidly from rain forest to desert along the river.So not all wind energy sites are the same in the least.
There are definitely places that are probably better suited to Wind development than others. Because there seems to be no actual plan for proper siting and development, large land-owners see this as a gold rush and the government agencies are also eager to rubber stamp new projects.
Most notably the proposed Whistling Ridge project which would be the FIRST wind project to be developed on timber land (ie. Forest). Not only is it forest land, but it's also smack across from Hood River and visible from many many scenic area viewpoints. It's sited above scenic area land. (First tower less than 100' from scenic area boundary) The only reason this land was excluded from the scenic area was to protect timber land and timber jobs. It's owned by SDS lumber.
NOTE: that SDS reported 8 new permanent jobs will be created by the project that will impact one of the up and coming bright spots of growth in OR, WA (Hood River Area). Where jobs are changing from resource based to knowledge based. Aerospace, Remote Knowledge Workers (Software and others), Recreation, Outdoor Sports Industry, Tourism, etc...
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