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Tilting at Turbines

Turns out Cape Cod isn’t the only place where residents aren’t keen on vistas of wind turbines. Here in Texas, some residents are unhappy with the altered landscapes and noise from massive wind farms. WSJ’s Environmental Capital blog reports:

For now, wind power’s triumphant march in the U.S. can count on another legal smackdown of ‘NIMBYism,’ after a Texas appeals court yesterday dismissed a suit by landowners upset with a big wind farm built by FPL Energy. Landowners decried the turbines’ noise and their spoiled sunsets — which the court agreed was a pity — but the appeals court couldn’t find grounds to rule against the power company.

They may not go anywhere, but expect more suits like these and others (such as ones brought by, say, bird lovers) to be filed, as Texas and others rush to blanket the land with windmills. 

 

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