Letter to the Editor: Wind Farms Are Risky


On Sept. 8, 2022, I attended a Boistfort Community Meeting hosted by Lewis County District 2 Commissioner Lindsey Pollock. 

The focus of the meeting was a proposal before the county commission to permit the erecting of a test site to gather data for a proposed wind turbine farm atop a ridge above the pristine Boistfort Valley. I spoke at this meeting against such a proposal and laid out my reasoning based on sound engineering principals. Some time later the commission members tabled the idea of a test site. Whew!

For background, I followed up on the above presentation on Sept. 29, 2022, with a letter to the editor titled, “The Case Against Changing County Code for Wind Turbines.”

I would again like to blow the clarion horn on the ridiculous notion that wind turbines are “green energy” and have little environmental impact and are a pathetic source of energy compared to good old fossil fuel or nuclear.

Wind turbines are falling over!

The instances are part of a rash of recent wind turbine malfunctions across the U.S. and Europe, ranging from failures of key components to full collapses. There are permanent factors that make engineering, building and maintaining wind farms difficult and risky. Please reference the article “Wind Turbines Taller Than the Statue of Liberty Are Falling Over” by Thomas Lifson of the Bloomberg Business Week at https://bloom.bg/3HpI9x9 for complete details. His article outlines in detail why wind farms are a really poor idea for generating electricity for our grid. I would encourage our readers to read his article in detail.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr.


Neil Stewart