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Thursday, March 25 2004

Wind Power Moratorium Comes Close

A floor amendment to create a one-year moratorium on commercial wind energy in the Flint Hills came close to passing, as the final Senate vote was 15-20 against.

A little depressing for people who don’t want to see America’s last tallgrass prairie turned into a glorified industrial park, to be sure.

But on the bright side: Back in December, no one expected this much legislative action to happen on wind power. Leadership in both houses have tried to make the issue go away a number of times, and Flint Hills advocates have kept coming back.

The number one need right now is for education. Legislators see this issue as a “private property” or “county zoning” issue. But not one of them would let a landowner build a coal or nuclear power plant without a chance for the neighboring property owners to have some input.

Wind power is a property rights issue - an isse of the adjoning land owners, who absolutely will see the use of eminent domain across their land as access roads and transmission lines are constructed.

+ Dan @ 09:22am


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