I went to a global warming conference yesterday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond. The people from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network ( http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/ ) showed how wind energy can help prevent global warming, which threatens the future of the world. They want to build wind farms not only in Highland County but in other places, gradually replacing polluting coal power plants. They said the damage to birds would be minimal - about 4 birds per turbine per year, and that failure to follow procedures (such as not having lights on near the turbines) causes most of these. They even said that more birds would be saved than killed through building wind farms, since every wind farm that is built means one less mountaintop torn down, and bird habitats destroyed, for the coal inside. There is also the threat of peak oil, which threatens high prices for gasoline, and a lot more than that. It could even cause famines, since much of our food supply depends on oil. See http://www.oilcrisis.com for more details. Some geologists, such as Kenneth Deffeyes, say that the peak could come as early as this Thanksgiving, and then after that a decline in production. If wind farms were built, then existing coal from existing mines could be converted into oil instead of burnt for electricity, and that would delay the effects of peak oil, as well as save bird habitats. To me, the twin threats of peak oil and global warming need to be dealt with soon. Oil could peak on 2005 November 24, and experts say that unless we stop the global warming, irreparable damage may be done to the environment. Therefore, I feel the wind turbines should be built. It is renewable energy, it is the wave of the future, and it may help us avert these two catastrophes. Jim Blowers -----Original Message----- From: va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Heron329@xxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, 2005 May 17 9:12 To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Cc: rwebb@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [va-richmond-general] Highland County Hello, I know this is late notice, but there is a hearing at 6:30 on Thursday night about the Highland County wind turbines. I know that this is also the RAS meeting, but if anyone wants to come up to Highland to oppose the turbines, they can stay at our place. If you are interested, let me know and I will give you the details. I am unavailable until Thursday morning, as I am heading down to my place on Gwynn's Island this afternoon, but will get in touch as soon as I return Thursday. Margaret O'Bryan You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general. You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.