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Letter: Wind turbines sorely misplaced

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By The Staff

Regarding (the April 19 editorial) “Balancing the needs,” I write to those who made comments on the Internet saying a 47-wind turbine facility on Bernal Mesa is the way for the county to get rich. Imagine putting those 47 turbines on the Las Vegas ridge where all the schools’ “letters’ are. If it were impacting all of Las Vegas and it would never be a quiet, sleepy village, let’s see how long you stay in town.

Let’s say the San Miguel County commissioners approve a three-mile setback from residences, and the next wind industry proposed has 600-foot turbines. Is three miles a good enough setback?  Face it, the industry is getting bigger and bigger and people like those who wrote comments, have failed to question authority. If you believe that a large corporation is considering what’s best for San Miguel County, and fail to see that their only interest is the billions of dollars they will make regardless of the consequences to the people here, then I look forward to hearing your comments when there is no $800,000 given to the county, when there are only four menial jobs, and every ridgetop in New Mexico is blown apart. This is what’s happening across America, in spite of there being sufficient open spaces for this industry, they want what they want now, an open transmission line.  

This industry is unregulated.  There are miles and miles of non-functioning turbines across America and they will never be removed. Imagine 20 years from now, ridgetops filled with 400 feet of bone yards like giant “descansos.” Who profited? It will never be San Miguel County or the people living here.

You say people should compromise and negotiate a settlement from this industry.  What would be a fair amount? Thirty pieces of silver to give up a generational lifestyle? Look up statistics across Europe, which has had wind industry for 20-plus years. Not one coal plant has been closed. In fact more are being built to support this weakly transmitted industry.  

Giving corporations permission to destroy communities for their professional gains violates my human rights. The New Mexico Constitution Article II, Section 2 says, “All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates with the people, is founded upon their will and is instituted solely for their good.” Article II, Section 4 says “All persons are born equally free, and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the rights of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and of seeking and obtaining safety and happiness.”

I love this land and I love this life. It is worth protecting for our future generations.

Gloria luz Gonzales

Ribera