The Wind Blows Clean Energy
To the Editor:
I was admiring the “clean energy”production in O’Brien County while driving to Sioux City this week. What a picture! Among the wind towers, farmers were tilling the soil, planting the new crops and hoping for the weather to cooperate.
What a sight! It was all “hi tech” equipment, toomulti-row planters and computerized equipment. The job descriptions are continually changing. Just ask Brady Evans, an Armstrong native who graduated successfully from the Iowa Lakes Community College wind energy program and today is employed by MidAmerica as a project developer.
And there are others like Shannon Lemkuhl and Zach Herum at Iowa Lakes Electric. I’m going to be reaching out to them to see what they do in those jobs, the kinds of jobs that will keep our students from leaving state. If you know of others, let me know.
Meanwhile, the wind business is picking up and more “believable” research has been done with studies showing no credible evidence for direct human health effects from wind turbines. One with credibility in America, AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) uses credible peer-reviewed scientific data. Various government reports in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States “refute” the reports that wind farms cause negative health impacts. One of the studies conducted a double-blind test that found people who were “told” their health would be affected and those in the study who were “told” their health would not be affected were influenced more by the “power of suggestion” rather than any evidence supporting health effects.
There are URL sites that can be used to review emergence of clean energy and the jobs that go with it. One is: ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-069X-10-78
I am not employed at Iowa Lakes Community College, but I am honored to have worked there because I know those at the college who deserve the credit for starting the Wind Energy program that is producing a new generation of “wind” engineers. You will quite likely get to know most of them because they will be your neighbors. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.
(Signed)David E. Nixon, Ed.D.