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Unqualified support must be earned

The Sierra Club supports conserving energy and producing what energy we must have with as little negative environmental effect as possible. The Kern-Kaweah Chapter is proud to support this and all Sierra Club policy.

Since wind energy can and should be far more benign than hydro, nuclear or fossil fuel energy we expected to give wind our unqualified support. We hesitate to do so when we see the following :

- erosion caused by careless installation of wind machines

- proposals to site wind machines in areas that should be devoted to recreation and wildlife, such as on BLM lands in the Transverse Range

- wind machines that show oil leaks on their towers, and inoperative machines, some parts of which lie on the ground

As several Sierra Club members have often told many wind industry representatives, reasonable effort could avoid or correct these negative environmental effects. Our above observations make us extremely disappointed in the American Wind Energy Association and the California wind industry. However, we hope that the day when we hesitate to support wind energy will never come.

After consultation with Kern-Kaweah Chapter executive committee members Paul Gipe and Georgette Theotig, our chapter joins in complete support of the ten initiatives the American Wind Energy Association wishes to bring to the Clinton administration's attention. We would like to help in making the administration listen to the wind lobby.

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