Three years ago the Ohio legislature passed a needless, onerous, burdensome regulation that denied rural property owner’s real economic opportunity. This regulation stymies an industry that would bring 4 billion dollars of investment, hundreds of good paying high tech jobs and millions of dollars in income for rural landowners, as well as millions more in desperately needed tax revenue for rural Ohio communities and schools.
I am, of course, talking about the increased government restrictions on the siting of wind turbines. There are professional anti-wind activists with questionable ties to powerful special interests that feel threatened by wind power in Ohio. I urge you not to fall for the disinformation of the people and industries whose profit would be adversely affected by the presence of wind power in Ohio. If we are serious about economic development and energy independence, then we must admit there is plenty of room in the market and in the electrical power grid for locally generated wind energy.
Wind power is safe, clean and highly cost effective. It should be part of the electrical generation mix in Ohio.
But the real issue is not the merits of wind power. The real issue is property rights. Who will decide how rural landowners can use their private properties to earn a living for themselves and their families for generations to come?
Join those of us in Ohio working to fight against powerful outside interest groups that would rob rural Ohio landowners of their rights. If you support wind power; stand up for the rights of landowners. If you are a rural landowner; ask yourself who should decide the future use of your property – special interest groups or you, the owner. Please contact your local legislators to urge them to return the property rights of rural landowners.