If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
EMILE ZOLA

Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age

Christopher Booker UK

"I have been following this (wind turbine) extraordinary story for ten years ever since, in 2002, I first began looking carefully at what really lay behind this deceptive obsession with the charms of wind power. It didn’t take me long, talking to experts and reading up on the technical facts, to see that the fashionable enthusiasm for wind energy was based on a colossal illusion. I first warned about what I called ‘the greatest mistake in our history’ in an article in the Mail almost ten years ago.
I described the claim that it would be the answer to all our future energy problems as a catastrophic failure of judgment. I feared that windpower was stupendously inefficient and ludicrously expensive and that by falling for the greatest energy hoax of our time, the Labour government could be consigning Britain to a very dark future. So unreliable are wind turbines — thanks to the wind’s constant vagaries — that they are one of the most inefficient means of producing electricity ever devised."


"The erection of a wind turbine creates apprehension in the general public, which makes the property less desirable and thus diminishes the prices of neighbouring property...” “Continuing scientific uncertainty over the adverse health consequences of wind turbines only serves to perpetuate the debilitating effect of wind turbines on property prices.”
Ben Lansink, Appraiser

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April 12, 2011

Alexandra M. Dannis and James G. Dannis

 

The key conclusion of the Appraisal Report is that the transmission lines would take high-quality view land with a highest and best use of residential development and drive the value of the land down to the lowest residual value. As the report states (p.52) in summarizing the analysis:

“The major conclusion with this analysis is that bisecting a lot with a HVTL [high voltage transmission line] renders it with a highest and best use as ancillary and of similar value as it would add to adjacent or abutting lots. The HVTL revokes the residential highest and best use.” (Emphasis added.)

The parcels subject to the appraisal are representative parcels of our land. Much of the land in Coos County and northern Grafton County also has quality views, and our appraisal results may thus be viewed as a rough proxy for purposes of larger-scale analysis.

To generalize, taking into account the above valuation declines on land crossed by the transmission lines and the estimated declines in value of 25%-35% for adjacent view land, we have calculated that, on average, the transmission lines will reduce the value of the land in the immediate area of the lines by more than $1 million per lineal mile. This does not account for value reductions in view land that is not immediately adjacent to the transmission lines or value reductions for buildings or other improvements.

 

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