Members of the environmental left like to portray themselves as do gooders - social justice warriors who walk on a higher plane, saving the planet and saving its unwashed ignorant commoners from themselves. Their advocacy of wind power (which they often do because their funders instruct them to do so) hardly constitutes "social justice" and disproportionately harms the poor.
Unlike the wealthy who can lawyer up, the poor cannot as readily fight off wind developers. The wealthy coastal rich have politicians like Senator Susan Collins clamoring for 20 mile wind setbacks from coastal properties, but advocating absurdly small and deleterious setbacks in the poor interior. Additionally, selectmen in poor communities may be poor themselves and particularly willing to take wind developer cash. Wind and its transmission costs jack up electric bills, disproportionately hitting the poor. Additionally, the poor become trapped in the wind turbines' kill zone as they cannot afford to abandon their house as shown in the following article.
Nancy Shea rose to say she moved from Tilda Hill in Florida after the Hoosac Wind Power Project turbines were erected in Florida and Monroe.
"Infrasound will make you sick, if you can't afford to move," she said.
Speaking about elites, here something I have never said about wind energy, but I have thought it for years. For the corrupt, greedy, smug, and self-righteous wealthy, wind energy might be thought of as the only alternative to a future without fossil fuels. It does not matter if wind energy is incredibly expensive and inefficient. By their way of thinking, let the taxpayers pay for it, then when the fossil fuels run out, they will have their grid power and the hell with the rest of humanity. From this day forward keep this in your thoughts because elitists really do think this way.
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