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Morals Lost On Wind Turbines Letter

  "When moral wisdom is lost"  "My View" (Dec. 11).   Click on the link to read the letter:   http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131214/OPINION/312140306
Paul Shaw December 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" ....and not as Ronald Zweig, self-styled moralist -- or the Falmouth Board of Selectmen -- or the Falmouth Board of Health -- or the Falmouth Energy Committee -- or the Falmouth Building Commissioner -- would do unto you! http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131214/OPINION/312140307/-1/OPINION02
R Zweig December 15, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Column: When moral wisdom is lost By RONALD ZWEIG December 11, 2013 - 2:00 AM The Barnstable Superior Court's recent preliminary injunction against the town of Falmouth on the operation of its two municipally owned wind turbines is an exemplary case of a moral hazard being adjudicated upon a community. Moral hazards are detrimental economic impacts in which an individual or an institution does not take into account the full consequences or responsibilities of its actions or the harm that can be caused in whole or part upon others. The shock of the sudden court order to further curtail operation and the revenue stream from turbine operation over an alleged nuisance claim will gravely affect the economic health of Falmouth. The order calls for suspension of turbine operation on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Sundays and limited to 12 hours per day for the 75 days following the Nov. 21 court order. This time frame pertains to the windiest period of the year — an incremental loss of about $120,000 for that period alone for both turbines over the selectmen's temporarily instituted 16-hour/day operation. The order will thus cause the town to operate at a deficit and face the possibility of defaulting on budgetary commitments unless it immediately cuts services to its citizenry per the testimony of the Falmouth town manager at the hearing on Nov. 21, once again over an alleged nuisance complaint. Accordingly, the court has recklessly overridden the selectmen's ongoing effort to resolve the matter in a fair and equitable manner for all parties. Their objective has been to assure and sustain the town's economic viability while working toward gaining an accurate assessment of and measures to address the alleged impacts. The court order has thus placed the town in immediate financial jeopardy. What could that jeopardy involve? Not only will there be a reduction in essential services potentially including education, emergency management and first responder systems (fire and police), drinking water supply, and wastewater management among others, but also the jobs of some municipal employees may need to be terminated or cut back due to the revenue shortfall from additional turbine curtailment. Yes, over the year-end holiday season, due to the court's decision, Falmouth's employees will no doubt be anxiously contemplating with their families an uncertain future for their livelihood and again for what — an alleged nuisance complaint. From the court decision as written, it is clear that critical analyses of the claims of adverse impacts from wind turbine operation were absent. These analyses should include the findings from pertinent comprehensive expert evaluations that show that sound and infrasound from wind turbines do not cause adverse health effects or, for that matter, do not cause a corresponding drop in real estate value. To cause a moral hazard arbitrarily by suddenly placing a community's governmental services in serious financial difficulty on the basis of an alleged nuisance claimed by one household is no less than a fundamental flaw in judgment and one that can cause significant harm to the full cross-section of a community. The injunction should be appealed by the town of Falmouth for an immediate reversal and a stay of the court order. Otherwise, the impacts from what appears to be a punitive court action, especially if affirmed, are sure to result in enormous, unforeseen consequences and hardships for the residents, businesses homeowners and employees of Falmouth. Perhaps the court will take the responsibility of deciding which services and jobs will be cut or reduced as it has ruled on the economic sustainability of Falmouth. Ronald Zweig lives in Woods Hole. First published in the Cape Cod Times on December 11, 2013
Bill Carson December 15, 2013 at 05:55 PM
To : Cape Light Compact Board Members Ronald Zweig zweig@capelightcompact.org & Megan Amsler, Alternate mamsler@capelightcompact.org who helped you write this 610 word letter of total BS as usual. You Ronald Zweig have described yourself, Town of Falmouth, Falmouth Democratic Committee aka the "Friends of Falmouth Wind" as above the law. How much longer before the general public figures out the "Friends of Falmouth Wind" is made up of the actual town government working against all the citizens of Falmouth to help Gov Patrick and the Massachusetts Democratic Platform on its war on fossil fuels. The Town of Falmouth and Massachusetts with its renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020 is taking residential property rights, hurting if not killing people around the turbines and causing catastrophic economic insanity . Falmouth never needed commercial megawatt turbines in the first place. The Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) wanted to place 40 turbines like Falmouth all over Cape Cod and you are one of the biggest problems .In your 610 word letter never once do you refer to wind victims, documentation, oral testimony ,WTOP-CBI $380,000.00 mitigation process and the missing September 12,2012 WTOP- CBI video tape trashed by a member of the "Friends of Falmouth Wind" so the residents of Falmouth wouldn't see it on Falmouth CATV .

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