Paying the price for power

Rape in my back yard: RIMBY (not that we really need another acronym).

They were outside when I awoke — three muscular young men, hard hats, chain saws, a massive bucket hoist and a chipper. In two days, the closed-in, forested, pond-side oasis I knew so well was gone, transformed into a wide swath for the power line.

Trees with which I had been very familiar, a mass of scattered chips. Others, shorn of half their limbs and leaves. The backyard where I'd watched the sun setting behind tall foliage, now devastated ... an open path.

Rape: the act of taking anything by force. Oxford English Dictionary, New Edition. Rape in my back yard, indeed. Reacting solely with my emotions, thus would I describe it.

However, emotion trumps reason, and these are times not only that “try men's souls” but above all else, times that demand reason. Applying reason, I see it and feel it differently.

As disappointed as I am at some of the changes, I'd been through something similar before, in the Ice Storm of '98 when I was without power for three weeks. To avoid that, I will pay the price of my changing backyard. I accept what I may not like, and I will adapt and prepare by removing those lovely trees as necessary so I may have the electric power I need.

Adapt to our changing climate or respond emotionally — decry or deny it. It is our choice.

Richard K. Jennings, Fayette

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The ice storn would have collapsed the windsprawl too. You were without power for 3 weeks,and you survived. Elec. is, after all, a luxury. Windsprawl we can do without. Doc...don't outsmart your common sense.

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Just like chemo?

Doc, Would you go to the hospital and get chemo because it has been proven that chemo treatments fight cancer before being diagnosed with cancer? Do you think that cutting down the trees that filter the air you breathe, shade you from the UV rays of the intense Summer sun, cool you by moving a breeze through your yard, help by producing life-sustaining Oxygen, sequester CO2, drop either leaves or needles to add to the recycling of organic matter back into the soil, capture water to hydrate the land, and aid in stabilizing the land from erosion will accomplish what you need? Do you think that a wider transmission line corridor with taller poles and larger lines that are able to carry more kV's will help you personally should another Ice Storm similar to the one of '98 cause a power outage? How does that help with Reliability? I must say that if the trees you were just watching being cut down this morning were in danger of falling should strong winds or heavy ice and snow buildup from such an Ice Storm occur took out the Service Line to your house, then at least the trees were possibly sacrificed to give you peace of mind; but otherwise how do you justify the perceived benefits vs the tangible loss?

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What the hell was this about? Does he want the trees gone or not? Comparing it to rape? Holy hell....that probably sounds a tad insensitive to women who were actually raped.

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He is saying he loves his

He is saying he loves his trees but he remembers the loss of power for 3 weeks in 1998 with the ice storm and knows that the loss of his trees though painful is better than to go through that again. He is saying that he knows in order for things to change for the better there is often sacrafice of things we are comfortable with, often times things get worse before better, as in the backyard is a mess right now but it will get better and he will have better more reliable power for having a messed up yard for a time. He is saying that the changes we are going through with the grid improvements and wind farms are changes and change takes ajusting too. We get used to one thing and think it is great and we want to hang on to it so anything that threatens to change it is bad. That isn't true, the new can be just as good but in a different way or just as good the same just not the same thing. For example, you might have a yard that is full of spruce trees that you love. A few years back spruce bud worm did a number on the spruce and they died. You had them removed only to find you have a beautiful view of a distant lake. Gone loved trees, in beautiful lake. Different but still great. We need to give this new stuff a try, we just might like it.


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