I think it is imperative that we implement as many alternative forms of energy production as is feasible, as well as continue to advocate on behalf of energy conservation. This is something that I have argued for when I taught, when I was a member of the Scituate Conservation Commission, and as a longtime volunteer for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Fortunately, the people quoted in “Winds of discontent in Scituate” (Globe South, Aug. 9) speak for a minority in Scituate. It is too bad that Mr. [David] Dardi apparently did not have the time to make his views about windmills known prior to leaving Scituate in October 2011. The discussion of a windmill for Scituate began long before that date, and the projected implementation had been decided before October 2011. There was ample notification time — and notification was by no means limited to the vehicle of the local newspaper — for everyone to have their say, had they chosen to do so. (Many people did, and support for the windmill, and the coming solar installation, was clearly in the ascendancy.)
Moreover, there are many aesthetically sensitive people who do not find windmills to be “ugly” or “monstrosities” that are “destroying our environment.” In fact, windmills are playing an increasingly significant role in helping us begin to retreat from the destruction of our environment.
As a staunch advocate of energy conservation, I agree with Mr. Dardi when he contends that “we have to consume less energy.” But I also think that we no longer have time to wait for people to consume less, and I despair of the reality of SUVs, pickups, and unfortunately too-costly vehicles that use alternate fuels, a reality that suggests it will be a long time before energy consumption is sufficiently reduced to make a difference.
Allan C. Greenberg
Former chairman, Scituate Conservation Commission