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Want local communities to support wind? Put them in charge

Want local communities to support wind? Put them in charge

Let's turn NIMBYs into YIMBYs. Photo: Eddie Codel This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . Last month, Grist's Jess Zimmerman noted sarcastically that "Money is a miracle cure for 'wind turbine syndrome' ." It is. And environmental advocates frustrated by the (spurious?) health and aesthetic complaints raised by not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) actors would do well to consider why. The implication of her post (and this attitude in general) is that we can't green our energy system without sacrifice. Getting to big carbon reductions will require enormous new renewable energy development and it will often happen in places where land was previously undeveloped (note: see this counter-argument ). The folks who live there, the NIMBYs, need to do their share. It's awfully easy to offer sacrif...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/wind-power/2011-05-09-ownership-mone...

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