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Windmills in Tazewell County: The Right Choice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 28, 2010 by notwillienelson

I wrote this letter for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, and it was printed on Jan. 26.

Windmills an opportunity for Tazewell

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

I would like to address the proposed windmill project in Tazewell County. I understand the concerns regarding ruining the view. Some people do not want to look at windmills. The reality is that windmills provide safe, clean energy. It is not a substitution for the coal industry, though that day will eventually come through better clean energy technology.

The people of Tazewell County have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor and generate energy in a way that will not diminish their children and grandchildren’s water and air quality in the way that coal does. It will create 15 permanent jobs, which some members of the community scoff at. The Sunday edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph included a column indicating the opening of a Taco Bell would create more jobs and cause less controversy. Perhaps it would create more jobs, but they would be minimum wage jobs, jobs that do not provide the economic stability needed to raise a family, buy a house, or lead a reasonably comfortable life. Do we really want to perpetuate that kind of rest stop economic mentality in the two Virginias?

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Purple Haze 2: Die Harder…And Other Comments about Coal-fired Power Plants

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2008 by ezlnwv

Back on January 26th, I published a post about a noxious blue haze that enveloped the Kanawha Valley. It was later determined that the miasma came from the John Amos coal fired power plant. Faced with public pressure, the meek WV Department of Environmental Protection issued a warning to John Amos. If there was one single person who thought this warning would be heeded by the utility giant (which literally gets away with murder), the recent return of the purple plume should expell his or her doubts. Continue reading