Zap Power Line Plan, Foes Argue

Ozarks In Peril, Panel Told

Posted: July 18, 2013 at 2:19 a.m.

NWA Media/JASON IVESTER John Hankins of Bentonville and other residents look over maps of a proposed SWEPCO transimission line through Benton and Carroll counties on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, during a meeting about the proposal inside the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

Maranda Bennett told the Arkansas Public Service Commission on Wednesday that a 48-mile electric transmission line through Benton and Carroll counties would “ravage tourism,” pollute water and harm wildlife.

This story is only available from our archives.

Northwest Arkansas, Pages 7 on 07/18/2013

It is sad that the newspaper waited this long to begin publishing stories about this. I called and asked them to begin covering this story so that people were informed about it 2 months ago, but they, incorrectly, did not see the need to inform Benton County residents about this significant issue, until it is, basically, too late to do much about it.

Posted by: jbaker9950

July 18, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wind farms are more dangerous to animals than power lines are. Heaven is setting under a wind turbine and catching the freshly killed birds and bats as they fall into your mouth.

Posted by: JailBird

July 18, 2013 at 4:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Really, wind farms are more dangerous?

Look at the stats:

Bird deaths per year (U.S.):

Feral and domestic cats:
Hundreds of millions [source: AWEA]

Power lines:
130 million -- 174 million [source: AWEA]

Windows (residential and commercial):
100 million -- 1 billion [source: TreeHugger]

70 million [source: AWEA]

60 million -- 80 million [source: AWEA]

Lighted communication towers:
40 million -- 50 million [source: AWEA]

Wind turbines:
10,000 -- 40,000 [source: ABC]

Posted by: Dexter

July 18, 2013 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Also wind turbine designs are changing to prevent this problem: p. 3

Posted by: Coralie

July 18, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sometimes unhinged conservatives, in their battle against nearly all things sensible and smart (renewable energy, improved efficiency requirements, CAFE standards, etc.), pass along this bit about the birds. It's a little burp that comes up when windmills are mentioned. O'Reilly or Rush probably taught it to them. This is where we are to believe that these people, who clearly and proudly have the defining feature of a deficient and crippled empathy system (references upon request), suddenly give a whit about... the birds. That's about as believable as Moneymissed's lame and insincere attempts at pretending to be a Christian.

As has been pointed on this forum before:

"Common Eco-Myth: Wind Turbines Kill Birds

"In the United States, cars and trucks wipe out millions of birds each year, while 100 million to 1 billion birds collide with windows. According to the 2001 National Wind Coordinating Committee study, “Avian Collisions with Wind Turbines: A Summary of Existing Studies and Comparisons to Other Sources of Avian Collision Mortality in the United States," these non-wind mortalities compare with 2.19 bird deaths per turbine per year. That's a long way from the sum mortality caused by the other sources."

Wind power is significant. A single large tower can now produce 7 megawatts, enough to power 1,700 homes. Wind also, as of 2009, employs more people than coal:

Posted by: fayfreethinker

July 18, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free, I'd appreciate the references about people with deficient and crippled empathy systems.
I'm currently researching psychopaths, who don't have much of any empathy at all.
Said to be 2 or 3% of the population.

Posted by: Coralie

July 19, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I am both feral or domestic when it benefits me. Wind is a delightful thing, when it doesn't blow is when I need the air conditioner the most.

Posted by: JailBird

July 19, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Solar and wind are a good combination. The wind blows more at night, when the sun isn't shining. Also it blows more during rainy, dark weather.
I wasn't suggesting anybody online here is a psychopath.
From what I understand, a psychopath wouldn't get enough of a payoff from commenting online. He or she would more likely be a criminal hacker trying to steal identities or get info for blackmail, or such.
Trolls can be irritating but they are not psychopaths.

Posted by: Coralie

July 20, 2013 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )