Perhaps in the short time you have traveled through our area you’ve noticed an absence of “Manning for Ohio Senate” signs. Let me assure you that if you were to expand your travels to the rest of Greenwich Township you would find much the same scenario. There are some very good reasons why but before I explain allow me to digress to some four years ago when our unsuspecting and uninformed rural community first got caught up in the cross hairs of Industrial Wind. Dissatisfied with the developer’s sales pitch we began to do our own research. It did not take us long to know that we did not want the ensuing invasion of wind turbines (the size comparison to that of over 30 story buildings) to consume our rural farm lands. We did not have the luxury of the four years that the wind developer took operating covertly to get all their “ducks lined up in a row”. It came to be understood that this is the way wind developers prefer to enter into a community while remaining virtually unknown to the majority of locals. Even though we were told many times that it was going to be too late to do anything about it, we decided as a community to fight back. It was then that Greenwich Neighbors United was formed.
As Greenwich Neighbors United saw the need to protect our health, wild life, as well as property rights and values, we faced an uphill battle. Our community began to see the importance of educating people to the truth of industrial wind’s taking advantage of poor rural communities in order to build their foreign investor’s portfolios. As part of the educational process a number of informational meetings were scheduled as well as creating an Internet presence through Face Book and our own website Greenwich Neighbors United.com. It was at this time we reached out to a number of elected officials, (Then) State Representative Terry Boose, U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs and State Senator Gayle Manning to be a part of these meetings. While Gibbs has been mainly uninterested and remains as such to the plight of Greenwich, both Senator Manning and (then) Representative Boose seemed to be interested and open minded in the beginning. GNU sought to bring to light and share with both Senator Manning and (then) Representative Boose the research we were uncovering revealing what left leaning progressives and wind developers do not want the general public to know!
With the passing of time it became sadly evident that both our elected officials were not being transparent with Greenwich. It is common knowledge that both Senator Manning and (then) Representative Boose have consistently sided with and have voted in favor of Industrial Wind and not their constituents! Unfortunately the allure of the wind industry’s promises of great windfalls of cash seems to cloud the ever growing empirical evidence that building wind farms too close to people’s habitations can prove to be disastrous. Case in point, the following HB 114 as sponsored by Senators Dolan and Manning would *lessen distances between turbines and adjacent neighboring property lines. Why do we still have this fight going on when in fact in S. Australia, Spain, Canada, Germany, and other parts of Europe and Asia, the wind industry is proving to be a gross failure and plagued with economic problems?
We, the people of Greenwich Township, the Village of Greenwich and surrounding Huron County feel betrayed by those we elected who seem to have all but disconnected from the safety and interests of their constituents. The absence of “Manning for Ohio Senate” signs, Mr. Manning, is but one way we are displaying that dissatisfaction.
Greenwich Neighbors United
* Since 2008, the height of turbines has grown well over 100 feet and the rotor diameter has increased as well. The increasing size enables wind to be developed in areas that have otherwise poor wind resources. The US Department of Energy reports that the Great Lakes states are where the tallest turbines are deployed. As we know, Senator Dolan has made unrelenting efforts in Sub. HB 114 to reduce setbacks to 1.2 x total turbine height from the base of the turbine to the property line and 1,225 feet from tip of the nearest blade to exterior of nearest, habitable, residential structure