Stanley Fish attacks wind power on his New York Times blog, when the possibility aroseÂ that developers were going to install wind turbines near his summer home in Andes, NY.
Like many of the other towns targeted by the wind turbine industry, Andes is a rural community that over the years has lost its economic base. At one time the hills and valleys were home to many small dairy farms, but most of them are no longer in operation, and no industry, light or heavy, has taken their place. Now the area relies for its revenue on retirees and second home owners who are educated, relatively well off and tend to be teachers therapists, lawyers, artists and social workers. In short, liberals. They are all soldiers in Al Goreâ€™s army, into organic foods, hybrid cars, clean air, clean water, the whole bit.
They are also against wind power.
Their reasons are the ones always given by those who wake up to find the wind interests at their door. Even if large wind farms were in place throughout the country, the electricity produced would be a very small percentage of the electricity we use. Because the turbines are huge, 400 feet or more, installing them involves tearing up the ridges on which they are placed. Once in operation, they cast shadows and produce noise. Their blades cause a â€œflickerâ€ effect, kill birds and interfere with migration. The outsized towers ruin scenic views and depress real-estate values.
As you can imagine, the comments left on his blog postÂ aren’t very sympathetic with Mr. Fish.