What can you do?
- Get informed
- Get connected
- Inform others
- Contact government leaders
- Get involved
Accurate information about the both the benefits and disadvantages of wind energy is widely available. We’ll share researched articles and links to information here on this website.
Information provided by the developers of industrial wind farms is not meant to inform you, but to benefit them. They are not members of our community, and have one motive – to make a profit as quickly as possible from tax credits and abatements, and the sale of electricity gleaned from the wind. They have no long term commitment to you, your children, or your grandchildren. Once the damage is done here, they will move on to the next project.
Social media is the most up-to-date way of getting connected with your neighbors. For the Harvest Wind project proposed for Miami, Cass, and Fulton counties, you can follow these Facebook pages for updates.
Do you know whether your neighbors are opposed to or supportive of industrial wind development in their own backyard? Whether you live in the proposed project footprint or not, did you know that industrial wind farm development will impact you and the health of your community?
There is strength in numbers. There is authenticity in neighbor to neighbor conversations. Your circle of influence is bigger than you imagine. Pick up the phone. Knock on a neighbor’s door. Listen to their perspective and concerns – regardless of their position on wind energy. Express your own point of view and concerns. Invite them to get involved with you in resisting this change in our way of life. Our community future depends on it.
Contact government leaders
The regulation of wind energy projects is a function of county governments in Indiana. Whether these projects are allowed or welcomed is the decision of county commissioners, with the support of zoning ordinances developed by planning commissions. These commissioners are your elected representatives – they are obligated to take your phone calls, respond to written inquiries, and to listen to public comments in public meetings.
Ultimately, these officials are accountable to voters during elections. That is the moment when our voice is stronger than theirs. Until an election, the only way you can make your voice heard is to show up and speak out – at county commissioner’s meetings, with letters to the editor of local media, with a sign in your yard, with your attendance at informational meetings. The county officials need to feel that their path of least resistance is to represent the sentiment of the voters over any enticement they may feel from the promises of wind energy developers.
The economic issues faced by rural communities in Indiana are real. Your county officials have an obligation to find solutions. They need to know that we value our way of life more than the promise of an outsider paying the county off (in lieu of local taxes, which are typically waived in part using tax abatements). Payments in lieu of taxes are an irresponsible way to fund ongoing expenses of schools and other public services. The only responsible way to fund these expenses is to build a robust local economy – attracting small & large businesses who provide both local jobs and products & services the community needs.
Like HERE for links to contact information for local officials, and to find out the schedule for their public meetings.
Once you are informed, we believe you will want to join us in standing up for private property rights and the responsibility of governments to protect citizens from the adverse effect of competing uses of land. We have no issue with the landowners using their own property to make a living, and exercising their right to negotiate with and even sign leases to enable others to use their land. We do take issue with these leases intruding on the use of neighboring properties without consent or compensation, whether through building turbines too close to neighboring residences to permit safe operation, or through degrading the use of neighboring property through excessive noise and shadow.
We do take issue with government representing the rights of one set of constituents over another set of constituents. Leadership demands fairness and consistent treatment. This fairness ought to be expressed in zoning ordinances that protect the health, safety & wellness of citizens, and preserve the community stewardship over its natural resources.
If you want to get involved in this effort, feel free to contact us.