Blogging New York Times: Windmills and Corruption in Upstate New York

Blogging New York Times: Windmills and Corruption in Upstate New York

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 18, 2008

Remember the saying, "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely"? Apparently it holds true, even when you're talking about wind power.

It saddens us to hear that in Upstate New York, where the wind industry has descended full force, there have been cries of bullying and corruption. When we think wind power, we think "benevolent clean energy" -- sometimes we forget the big money and big companies behind the curtain.

According to an article in the New York Times, some residents in Upstate New York are complaining of being steamrolled as the wind industry hustles to acquire enough land to make real wind power a possibility.

The article notes that the companies are staying away from more affluent communities in New York (like Long Island, where there is plenty of wind) and going straight to poorer regions of the state.

Read the whole story here.

Are you surprised? Or does this sound just as you'd anticipated?

image via NYTImes.com

via HuffingtonPost

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