Tuesday, June 14, 2005


My letter to the editor in the Albany Times Union

Stadiums are a bigger blight than wind farms

First published: Monday, June 13, 2005
Just what we need, another spoiled billionaire wanting to eat his cake and have it too.
I think sports stadiums like the ones Tom Golisano's teams play in are a blight on the landscape. Yet billionaires seem addicted to erecting these things all over kingdom come.

I have seen wind generators stopped all over the Northeast thanks to rich people whining about the landscape. If anyone looks at photos of wind farms, especially the seaward ones, they are nearly invisible. Compare this with photos of conventional energy generators.

And what about the blight of coal mining? One of the world's most dangerous jobs is coal mining. How many people die, get sick with black lung or suffocate mining coal? And the landscape? The mountains of West Virginia: coal mines or wind mills? Which are worse?

It is so touching the rich care about their views, but they seem indifferent to the reality of the Hubbert Oil Peak and the health and views of poor folk.




This was brought to my attention by Jim Adams, one of the readers of this blog. I want to thank him for emailing the url and his kind words. I want to assure everyone that writing letters to the editor is a good activity to indulge in. Once a week, pick a paper and a topic and write. Practice makes perfect. You'll be surprised how often letters are published! The smaller the newspaper, the bigger the chance of being published!

Good luck to everyone.