To the editor of THE EAGLE:
On Monday, Peru will vote on a two-year moratorium for wind energy projects. This should be rejected out of hand. What seems to be overlooked is that regulations for wind turbines have already been approved. That is what the current bylaw sets out.
Canards are aswarm; business conspiracy, cancer, epilepsy, insomnia, bat and eagle depopulation, property devaluation, et al. None of it proven and most flatly untrue. I do not know what is scarier. The brazenness with which these "facts" are plucked from thin air and unvetted Internet sites, or the ease with which many seem to accept them.
Those proposing a moratorium do not seem to have a plan. Only to delay for its own sake, which is not a legitimate reason to obstruct our current bylaw. Obstruction is what a moratorium is, "a delay to the legal process." "Time to study" is cited as justification. But there is no plan for any study.
As we all should recall from school science class, there is a process called "the scientific method." Interviewing some Peru residents from the South Street Ext. area or reciting the anecdotal experiences of a very few does not qualify as study. Real studies with scientifically proven, peer reviewed and replicated findings have been done. They support wind energy. Using the device of a moratorium with the non-existent further study as an obstruction to a legitimate applicant is a dishonest avenue to go down.
All rights carry responsibilities. The responsibility of securing the rights of those with whom we disagree is paramount. Do not let the emotion of the moment lead you astray. Reject the moratorium.