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Against the wind

Chicago's early planners weren't talking about Lake Michigan when they devised the famous dictum: Forever open, clear and free.They were protecting an uncluttered city lakefront.

But those are the words that came to mind when we heard about Evanston's designs on Lake Michigan.

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"This is not a question of what any individual municipality should be doing," Brammeier says. "But how it fits in transforming the region's and nation's energy supply. What we don't want is an army of windmill skeletons left in the lake after 30 years because we didn't think this through before we started."

He's right. This has to be a careful decision, a regional decision.

I'm on the record saying that when it comes to decommissionong offshore wind turbines (the cost of which is easy to quantify, and is basically considered to be equal to the scrap value of the metal), none will be decommissioned because they will be considered as natural sanctuaries...

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat May 22nd, 2010 at 06:20:00 AM EST

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