Another post covered the important issue of wind power recently, but now the deal is done. Martin Nesbitt and Joe Sam Queen, two Democratic Senators from the mountains, apparently don't have the sense god gave a box of animal crackers.
At the urging of some mountain senators, the state Senate Finance Committee added the restrictions to a bill moving through the General Assembly that will shape where windmills are allowed to be built statewide. Wind-energy advocates say the change will cripple efforts to harness the power of gusts along peaks.
“It's horrible. They just banned wind,” as a source of energy in the mountains, said Crystal Simmons, a Newland resident and Appalachian State University student who manages a project that has erected a 150-foot windmill on campus.
But WNC Democrats like Sens. Martin Nesbitt, of Asheville, and Joe Sam Queen, of Waynesville, argue rows of windmills jutting hundreds of feet above ridges would devastate views.
“It's not just the tourist trade,” Nesbitt said. “It's our whole culture.”
You want to see culture devastated? Just watch the continuing destruction of forests and habitats from carbon pollution and acid rain, not to mention condos and golf courses.
With short-sighted Democrats like these calling the shots, North Carolina might as well be run by Republicans.