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Letter: Support Stark County wind farm

I support Brady Wind farm in southern Stark County My family owns land in Stark County in the area of the proposed Brady Wind farm project. We are in support of the project and have signed a lease contract with NextEra Energy Resources. I would a...

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I support Brady Wind farm in southern Stark County

My family owns land in Stark County in the area of the proposed Brady Wind farm project. We are in support of the project and have signed a lease contract with NextEra Energy Resources. I would ask for your support for the project for the following reasons:

The project brings needed economic development to the area. Money earned by employees of NextEra is more likely to stay in the local area as opposed to money earned by the largely out of state workforce of the oil industry. Taxes on production will benefit local schools and infrastructure.

Renewable wind energy is a stable energy source unlike the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil industry. The value of electrical production is not subjected to the instabilities of the world oil market.

Many of the opposition’s complaints such as noise issues, bird kills and climate change can easily be disproved. The project has been generating high emotions, mostly based on groundless fears. Aesthetic issues are hard to quantify, to many people the sight of the turbines slowly churning out power is a welcome sight instead of an eyesore.

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As a landowner, I should have the right to utilize my property for gain, just as I could farm it, mine it, or drill for oil on it.

Wind has powered man’s ventures for thousands of years, from the use of sailing ships, to windmills used for milling grain and pumping water.

We have the technology now to harness it to economically produce electricity. North Dakota has a great resource and should take advantage of it.

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