One generation of elites forced open-pit mining onto southern Appalachia, and another is forcing grotesque wind turbines onto northern Appalachia. The connection is powerlessness, and the belief of one group of people that they have the right to destroy the homeland of another group of people. We are a dumping ground, and no one will hear our voice........
The Big Dipper and Orion, each in their season, have climbed above the hills of dozens of home valleys, to be seen by thousands of years of humankind, but no more. Not without the obscuring hulk of steel and the reminder that new gods reign.
The gods of profit and politics, lording it over a people in poverty.
Monuments of subjugation.
Yes, making payments to the occasional landowner, and buying off the quislings in town government too lazy or stupid to balance a budget otherwise. It is a mess of pottage given to few to despoil and destroy the birthright of many. It is the vagary of greed and political opportunism set afire in the lives and homes of people whose homelands will never look or truly be the same.
We love these forested hills and the skies above them.
They are sacred to us.
We see God in them, we feel our ancestors in them, our children will grow beneath them.
And they are taken from us so a politician gets a campaign boast and a profiteer gets a government subsidy.
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For every flawed study the Big Wind industry presents with no real loss of property value resulting from massive turbines, there are 10 more studies indicating that is definitely not the case.