29 Sep '11, 5pm

Wind Energy is Important, But Doesn't Belong Everywhere

Wind energy is a clean, renewable energy source, but it doesn't belong everywhere. A couple of weeks ago, bulldozers started clearing the way for 21, 450 foot-high wind turbines to be built at the top of the Green Mountains in Vermont. The 63 megawatt wind farm will be in the Northeast Kingdom on one of the largest tracts of private wild land in Vermont, along three miles of ridgeline. How do you get the massive wind turbines up there? The roads being built to drag them up there will be almost half as wide as one of Vermont's interstate highways, replacing foot paths used by bear, moose, bobcat and deer. About 700,000 pounds of explosives will reduce parts of mountaintops to ruble to make way for cranes and service vehicles. And 134 acres of steep forest slopes will be clearcut, opening the intact ecosystem to erosion, spewing sediment into high-quality headwater streams, ...

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