19 July 2011

Wind farm invades Normandy Beach?

In news just reported today,
Last week, the French government opened the bidding process for the construction of 1,200 turbines in five spots along the coast. President Nicolas Sarkozy first announced the $27 billion plan for offshore wind farms in January. The successful bid will be announced in early 2012 and the wind farms are set to begin operating in 2015.

Thankfully I'm not the only one out there that was appalled when they heard about this -
In France, a collective of 483 organizations called the European Platform Against Windfarms has been loudly criticizing the plan, calling for a moratorium on all new wind farm projects. The group’s president, Jean-Louis Butré, said it objects to wind farms for a number of reasons, from health and esthetic reasons to historical concerns.

In a phone interview from Paris, Butré said that, if the government builds a wind farm off the D-Day beaches, “it means that they do not respect such things.

He is absolutely correct. Allied forces had casualties numbering at least 10,000 on D-Day. Another 12,000 were lost in April and May of 1944 leading up to the Normandy landing. To build 1,200 turbines along these beaches is truly a slap in the face of those who lost their lives saving France and the rest of Europe.

But hey, it's France and it even reminds me of a joke,
Why are the streets in Paris lined with trees? Because the Germans like to march in the shade.

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