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A Positive Look At Wind Energy

March 31, 2016
Emmetsburg News

Dear Editor:

As a farmer, landowner, and citizen of Palo Alto County, I am extremely disappointed with the conversation surrounding wind energy development in our county. As others have pointed out, wind energy development in?Palo Alto County brings with it many positives that should be considered. Short term and long term jobs are created and those long term jobs bring in families and potentially students into our schools. We all agree more students and jobs would benefit our county. Those short term jobs bring in people that spend money in our towns on lodging, food and the like. That's just a few of the obvious benefits.

I'm not sure most residents realize how much of a financial impact the development of a wind project in Palo Alto County has in terms of tax revenue. Those figures have been provided by the wind companies but only negatives are being discussed in paper. Let's give as much attention and thought to the positive benefits of this project as has been given to those who oppose it.

This is a huge opportunity for our county and we'd be foolish not to consider supporting it. Please take the time to be well informed, ask questions to the right people and not take for granted what you've read in the paper so far has been accurate. There are experts right here in our community that are willing to provide answers to the questions and they are neutral parties -- not anonymous donators paying to get negative press.

Our county officials are working hard to craft an ordinance that makes wind energy projects possible. Let's not waste their efforts by making up your mind before you've got all the facts.

Sincerely,

(signed)?Clayton Helgeson

Emmetsburg, IA

Palo Alto County Farmer

 
 
 

 

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