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Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2012 1:16 p.m. MDT

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Do it. Do it now. We need to stop pretending fossil fuels are going to last forever.

MJF
Somewhere in Time, UT

As a resident of the area, I have no problem as long as I can't see them. There's the rub

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

You're not allowed to gripe about energy prices or claim to embrace the 'drill, baby' philosophy unless you also agree that energy exploration may occur within sight of your house. It's the apex of hypocrisy to expect as much cheap energy as we need or want as long as it's extraction affects someone else but not us. I don't care if you can see wind turbines from your home, or me from mine. I don't care if we have a power line, road, pipeline, rail line, sour gas well or strip mine within sight of my house. I don't care because all these things belong in someone elses' back yard. I'm someone else. We all are.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Take a trip to Oregon. Take a trip to Calif. Drive around. Listen to the people who live near the wind farms. Listen to them as they explain the amount of electricity the wind farms generate. Observe and learn.
Then do some thinking about it.

Chachi
Charlottesville, VA

So they might be near the Monticello Temple. Who cares? There are skyscrapers rising right next to the Salt Lake Temple in a much more imposing and disruptive way, and I don't think anyone claims that the Monticello Temple is more architecturally significant, and therefore worthy of an unimpeded horizon, than the Salt Lake Temple.

Other temples surrounded by much taller and more dominant structures: Manhattan, Recife Brazil, Guatemala City, Madrid Spain, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Copenhagen Denmark, Frankfurt Germany, and many, many more.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But aren't these the same people who love oil wells?

What's the difference between looking lovingly at an oil well and a windmill?

Hypocrisy?

Ticus
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wind and solar cannot solve our energy needs, because they simply don't generate enough electricity to make a real dent. Nuclear power is what will really replace coal and oil. It is clean, and it won't have any of the problems like this wind farm. There are new Nuclear Power technologies that are solving all the issues of many current nuclear reactor designs.
So rather than screaming "radiation!" educate yourself and join the cause! :-)

The liquid fluoride thorium reactor is one of the many designs to which I am referring. (Look it up on google. It wouldn't post with the URL in there for some reason).

SundanceKid27
OREM, UT

Just imagine you get married and you take your pictures outside the temple. You can have those nice windmills poking into your pictures forever. Pretty classy if you ask me.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

Just forget this idea of wind power. They don't generate enough electricity to justify the energy required to manufacture and maintain them. Don't build them because they are a worse use of natural resources than burning fossil fuels.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

Take a tour of the wind farm near Milford where there are hundreds. They are impressive, but hardly an eyesore. Do it. I haven't been to Monticello yet. A wind farm would give me one more reason to go, not to stay away.

They are not noisy, but hardly silent.

More wind energy is good. I would like more base energy from geothermal power.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

While this all seems so nice and non-threatening the secret has nothing to do with generating energy but making money. The turbines are built with the company paying half, the Feds paying half through tax benefits, energy substitutes. The company writes off the towers over 5 years, then sell them to anther company to again wrote them off over 5 years. Because of the administrations energy policies pushing wind, it's very profitable even without generating 1 watt. Residents in the area of these 500 ft towers notice a constant hum, a ground vibration when the towers are moving. Drivers in areas with towers become disorientated as a result of the shadows moving accross the roads, residents in affected homes have to deal with shadows on walls, floors, carpets, drapes, that cause vertigo. Residents in rural New York state thought bringing in wind would be a great way to replace the lost dairy industry, they now wish they hadn't taken the $5000 to have their land used, the cities the $1000/yr tax benefit. Do some research, it's not the great deal you might think, not to mention fires, thrown blades that can be deadly.

Really???
Kearns, UT

How much impact would the wind farm have on the local economy? Perhaps Monticello could become a leader in green energy production and use. This state sure needs some leaders right now.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Funny how many people are influenced by the oil industry propaganda. Electric power lines are ugly and no one complains about them. Inversion pollution is ugly and harms your health. How sad and silly to hold tightly to outmoded, outgoing technology when there is a better way.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Wind is clean and it is renewable. If we mine coal, in several years the coal mine is depleted, not so with wind. We need to start transitioning to renewable forms of energy.

I use electricity, I appreciate electricity, therefore I ought not oppose the means of production of electricity, especially wind which is among the most benign forms of electricity production. I believe that those who oppose wind power and are not close enough to hear the turbines sound, are either short sighted or selfish or both.

Similarly with cell phones, I really appreciate mine, therefore it doesn't make much sense that I would oppose cell phone towers.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@SundanceKid27

"Just imagine you get married and you take your pictures outside the temple. You can have those nice windmills poking into your pictures forever. Pretty classy if you ask me."

Well, I got married in the Salt Lake Temple and I've got the Wells Fargo building poking into my pictures forever. It may not be "classy" but it didn't ruin my day then and it's not ruining my memories now.

Every wedding picture is going to have something in the background, and unless you got married in the middle of the jungle or on a deserted island, there's going to be something in the background and it's probably man-made...so I'm not sure what your point is.

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

Can you string Christmas lights on them? Just wondering?

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

@SundanceKid27: ever hear of Photoshop? now that real film is no longer used and it's all done digital, taking out those windmills would be childsplay, and I do mean that litterally!

cjb
Bountiful, UT

re SundanceKid27
OREM, UT

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There are several commercially available photo editing programs available. If you don't like those windmills in your wedding pics, it is possible to take them out of the picture.

On the other hand, I have always enjoyed seeing pictures of Holland and its windmills. If I visited Holland I would make it a point to go see them. I actually did make it a point to go see the wind mills in Spanish Fork (Utah). We rented a motel room and went and saw the wind mills, it was a rather nice mini vacation.

America has different a different type of windmill, but those are quite interesting to see too.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Lightening Lad (Austin , TX) lists about 20 mostly irrational objections to wind turbines, mostly laughable.

We all know the real reason there are no wind or solar farms in Texas - Big Oil owns the state and its politicians.

Look, the technology has been around for 30 years, but it has not been economically viable to pursue these alternative energy goals. Now that there are companies willing to do them, we should encourage it. But not with federal subsidies. If the market is ready for it, let the companies who stand to make windmill - er - windfall profits foot the bill.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

I wish I could get one in my back yard, as long as I can get away from paying the local energy provider for my power usage for the rest of my life.

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