Three New York counties plus two towns, Yates and Somerset, are opposing the quixotic flock of wind turbines about to go up in the nearby waters of Lake Ontario. Not unlike LA County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous ban on wind turbines in county areas, such eco-opposition flies in the face of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s green hypocrisy, which targets 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewables by 2030.
When Yates property owners saw how green energy production would deface the local environment, the town voted unanimously to oppose the project. New York Post reports that they perceived the attitude of the wind farm project promoters as “you all are small potatoes, and we are going to cram this down your throat.” Both Yates and Somerset, as well as several towns on the Ontario, may enact local legislation to ban wind projects in their environs.
Cramming eco-energy projects down the throats of property owners is the usual modus operandi for state powers. They can and will impose their eco-will without regard for resulting visual blight, seascape defacement, low-frequency noise, decline in local property values and tourism, never mind mindless bird- and bat-kills by turbine blades.
Never mind the reality of property blight and turbine-kills, the reality of 50 percent or more energy from wind power is not achievable without concomitant increases in ecological and environmental ruination. It would take wind farms the size of Manhattan to achieve such energy targets, putting the Governor’s goals, as well as ones like his, in the realm of state-sponsored environmentalism run amok. Saving the environment has come at the sacrifice of something else in the environment.
It is one thing to be visionary, but quite another to offend the folks who put an eco-freak in the top state seat. Such intolerance for the will of the people occurring at the expense of their property rights cannot prevail. Besides, replacing fossil-fueled energy production with renewables would cost $2.5 trillion, making the nation’s taxpayers incapable of ever affording property or energy ever again!
Such property-preserving sentiment is seen to survive in other coastal areas around the country, even in eco-sensitive areas such as Los Angeles and Vermont. If the New York Governor forces his eco-will on Lake Ontario, it will be a signal of out-of-control environmentalism squashing property rights for owners in coastal areas everywhere.
We are a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for private property. When mandates are written for ill-conceived environmental goals at the expense of property rights is when eco-fanaticism rules rather the rule of law.