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The Grande Ronde Valley now faces a possible large wind development along the very edge of one town and visible to all in the valley.
The money flow that I foresee will go primarily to the few landowners along the siting area and to the county bank account. Thus county officials have supported this project behind the backs of local citizenry. Most residents will actually be losing both money and livability if this project moves forward.
The very same corporate/local government collusion fueled the UNsustainable logging of this area over the last generations. Now we are left with straggly second growth forests, mill closures and economic collapse.
The Green Washing of large corporate wind farms is generated by the government money offered to huge transnational corporations who will be making the big money. Locals will lose in the short and long term. This is not a matter of 'not in my backyard'. Huge windfarms are NOT green. They have huge footprints that will not be paid off during their lifetimes.
Green Energy development should favor local projects NOT business as usual centralized, energy giants with hands in our pockets that destroy environments at will. Think BP and the Gulf Coast.
posted 3 years ago
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