Promote implementation of new energy alternatives providing maximum effectiveness with minimal damage to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land that feeds us.
Encouraging and developing energy alternatives isn’t just the work of politicians in Washington, D.C., it’s the job of each and every one of us. We know that conserving energy and finding new sources of energy is vital to the future of our society We can do more than using energy efficient appliances and light bulbs.
Many areas, from coast to coast, have developed solar fields and wind farms, or taken advantage of geothermal technology to harness warm water below the surface. Currently, we have the opportunity to develop a wind farm in outlying parts of the County that will benefit all residents. Earlier this year, the County Board instituted a moratorium on any movement to continue development until the impact of any such wind farm has been fully explored.
I think this is the right approach. Because turbine construction would potentially take farmland out of production, we need to take the time to talk with area farmers and listen to their concerns and suggestions. We need to know what will happen when the turbines reach the end of their useful life: who will be responsible for deconstruction and restoration of the land – the County, the land owner, or the company?
Ultimately, I believe we can find answers to our outstanding questions that will allow us to move forward with the development of these and other new energy alternatives and provide a maximum benefit for the County while minimizing the environmental impact.
Similarly, Springfield’s Mayor Houston has recently called for further studies of a secondary water source. It is time for our state and local officials to finally determine the most sustainable secondary water source- whether it is an old idea or a new one- for our city and county residents dependent upon Lake Springfield or our currently abundant underground aquifers.
Public service is about making decisions for the common good of us all – not politicizing the latest issue and punting it for the next generation to solve.