Columns and Letters

Letter: Concerns are out of proportion to the problem

June 29, 2022


Dear Editor,
    Hurrah for Janet Bickerton’s letter last week to The Oran. I suspect we all have a bit of Nimbyism in us, but I was as surprised as she evidently was by all the letters in opposition to a few windmills on the Creignish hills. As she pointed out, we’re facing the most serious problem humans have ever faced and should be welcoming everything that can be done to combat it.
    The concerns raised, even if they were true, are out of all proportion to the seriousness of the problem. In addition, they don’t bear much relation to reality. I’ve stood under these windmills and the noise level is so low they can barely be heard. In fact, the people living along Highway 19 who are worried about possible effects on their health are subject daily to a noise level from passing traffic that is many decibels higher and don’t seem to mind that at all. Dead birds? I’ve never seen any under these windmills. Far more are killed by the lights we burn to turn night into day. As for looks, well as the saying goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder;” but to my eye, and to the eyes of just about everyone I’ve talked to, these windmills are one of the more attractive technologies of the 21st century. Janet Bickerton’s comments about Holland, a country with windmills all over and booming with visitors should put an end to the over-the-top argument that they will destroy Cape Breton tourism. Let’s welcome the windmills to Cape Breton and show visitors that we’re on board with the attempts made by many other countries to do something about global warming.
    Richard Sherrington
    St. Ninian























































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