LTE – The answer isn’t blowing in the wind

February 08, 2019

The new Budweiser commercial shown during the Super Bowl claimed it is powered by 100-percent renewables, which is a fallacy. Did you notice there weren’t any homes shown near the turbines? The reality is much different for us here in Seneca County.

We have said numerous times previously that we will have 18 turbines within 1 1/2 miles of our home. We recently found out our situation is even worse. Our home is “receptor” 77 on Seneca Wind’s noise and shadow flicker map. Our home ranks No. 5 on the list of homes in the footprint with the most shadow flicker exposure and No. 1 for non-participants at 62-plus hours per year. The allowable standard per the Ohio Power Siting Board is 30 hours for non-participating landowners.

Other people will be making money on these projects, yet we will be bearing the brunt of the negative effects and suffering the consequences. When we bought our 35 acres in 2002 and built our home and dedicated our acreage to nature and wildlife, we never would have dreamed that it would potentially be scarred forever. How can our elected officials ignore this and not help?

The Budweiser commercial included audio from Bob Dylan’s song “Blowing In the Wind.” The situation with our elected officials is ironic when you listen to the lyrics of the song:

Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head

And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, ‘n’ how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?

Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Greg and Janeen Smith