On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, protesters lined up in front of the Hathaway House and across the street at the Legion on US223. Great Lakes Wind in concert with Exelon made a last-ditch effort to pitch their case with an informational open house about industrial wind farming in the region. Picketers took to the street with some messages of their own.
The Hathaway House was hosting their Farmer’s Market when Art Weeber lost his composure and hollered at another business person across the highway saying she should be ashamed of herself, he then proceeded to add insult to injury by calling her a “horse’s a$$”. Weeber is lucky he wasn’t arrested for profanity. For the last 102 years it has been illegal in Michigan to “use any indecent, immoral, obscene, vulgar or insulting language in the presence or hearing of any woman or child.”. In 1999 a Michigan Man Swears by His Right to Use Profanity.
Offensive language is of course used to be offensive, it’s substantially more offensive coming from a business leader of the community, but coming from a business leader that’s also a Village Trustee is entirely disturbing.
One could assume Art Weeber would likely be annoyed about a demonstration in front of his place of business; however, it goes much deeper than that.
Blissfield’s Neutrality on the Wind Farm Issue
Earlier this year, I was informed at a Village Council meeting that Blissfield was taking a neutral position on the Wind Farm issue.
Imagine my astonishment when Councilman Weeber showed up to speak and cheer in favor of an Industrial Wind Farm (on several occasions) in Riga and Palmyra. Councilman Weeber, along with Councilman A. Ray Jones and Councilman Brown have actively campaigned for less restrictive setbacks and sound levels that favored the developers.
Those same Councilmen disregarded time and research done by Blissfield’s Planning Commission as the committee brought forward a suggested ” one mile” setback for turbines in townships that are adjacent to Blissfield Village limits. Brown, Weeber and A. Ray Jones decided to cut the recommended distance in half and passed a “one half” mile setback for our community.
Weeber, Brown and A. Ray Jones also collected signatures on form letters that were delivered to the Riga Township Board, supporting the developers mission. Weeber even saw it fitting to ask his restaurant patrons to sign letters of support.
A rare opportunity to grow the local economy? Are they aware this is heavily funded by taxpayers, do they mean we could possibly recoup some of our investment or they could? Perhaps all the temporary construction workers would dine at the Hathaway House, The Stables or take in a murder mystery on the Dinner Train. Maybe they could shop at George and Kay’s Blissful Living before their dining reservations. Yeah, that sounds like how all the taxpayers would benefit.
Although, you would have to ignore the fact that our energy costs are skyrocketing due to the effort in the meantime. We could also ignore all the drawbacks (47 potential risks) and just focus on what we could gain (9 potential benefits). Did Blissfield Councilmen ignore what was included in their meeting packet? Click on the documents to read them clearly.
I’ve got one more major drawback for you; the rising costs of energy inflates the prices of everything that’s associated with energy. Everything that uses fossil fuel energy to produce or transport or heat is affected, including food. Imagine all the agricultural land already consumed by the fossil fuel industry – gas lines, power lines, power stations etc. Now we are further eating up agricultural land to host massive turbines instead of food crops. In the middle of a recession we are lowering our capacity to produce food that is dramatically rising in price. Farmers can harvest wind but it’s not edible.
Who should be ashamed? Shame on all the politician’s that can afford to ride the recession and have also pushed to compound hardship for the rest of the population.
America’s Wind Basket – produced by wind bags, based on manufactured information, backed up by flawed science, now…that really blows.