Saturday, October 16, 2010
Endorsers for Wind Farm Piling Up
The few dogged holdouts insisting that the wind farm planned for Bent Mountain is a bad idea are slowly becoming overwhelmed by numbers. When the Sierra Club of the Roanoke Valley endorsed the project last week, it brought the number of environmental groups on the side of the farm to six. That's not counting local governments and others who favor the farm.
The Bent Mountain protesters, who live in the shadow of the proposed wind farm (which will be quite imposing from its sheer size) have presented a substantial case against the "industrial" farm, but its argument has been countered consistently by the groups listed below.
It's looking increasingly like the farm is coming and we'd all better just get used to it.
Roanoke Group, Sierra Club: Founded in 1892 by the legendary John Muir, is the largest grass-roots environmental organization in the world. The Roanoke Group has over 700 members.
U.S. Green Building Council Southwest Virginia Chapter: Devoted to sustainable building practices and listing almost 500 subscribers in Southwest Virginia.
Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition: An all-volunteer organization devoted to reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions with over 200 affiliates representing more than 25,000 citizens in this region.
Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition: Pulmonologists, nurse practitioners, respiratory care practitioners, registered nurses, allergists, and other representatives of health and environmental groups working to improve air quality and respiratory health for the Greater Roanoke Valley through education and partnerships with other organizations with similar goals.
Renewable Energy Electric Vehicle Association: Local volunteers from a wide variety of professions who undertake do-it-yourself renewable energy projects.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network: The first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.; educating and mobilizing citizens of the region to foster a swift transition to clean energy and energy-efficient products.