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A Grandmother Speaks Against Wind Farm

A big no, no for Molokai…because Molokai is too small for a wind farm. The wind farm is mainly designed to serve Oahu. I see this as a failure with our government when they didn’t envision what it would be like to overbuild massively. On Oahu the buildings are literally climbing up the mountains. And now they are facing an energy crisis. I know we surrendered our coconut trees to beautify Oahu, they also took our golden sand, and now they want to peg those ugly turbines to mar our majestic Molokai from her natural beauty! Generosity should work both ways…in this case Molokai gets a minus.

Mr. Morgan stated in his column the positive potential good for Molokai, but I don’t see any good, when it could kill our birds, repel deer from hunting ground, and prevent wildlife from roaming in their habitats. This issue should concern us all. If you one thing and transfer or direct that to another place, it could create an imbalance, causing disruption in nature. And man has done so much to upset this natural process as it is. Maunaloa sits slightly on a hill, and I feel that if these turbines could do their damage to bird and animals, what do you think will happen to our people at the west end? It is better to prevent them than to repent and wonder why lives are eventually snuffed out mysteriously. In California the wind farms are located on hills in the remotest areas far from cities and towns, where there are no people.

I can think of one things that could benefit Hawaii’s entire energy – to negotiate the use of Kaho`olawe! I urge our people to speak up, and raise their voices…keep Molokai safe! Don’t let out trees become barren of leaves, our birds no longer chirping, and our wildlife not roaming on our plains – victimized by an enemy we cannot see. I’m not saying wind farms aren’t good. They are great for solving the energy crisis, providing in the right zones, but not on a small island like Molokai. For Molokai these turbines are hazardous and definitely dangerous and bad for our environment.

Prisca Medeiros

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