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  1. Russell Turk on February 12, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Letter to editor Tipton Tribune voicing my opinion on State HB 1381 and submitted to 150 state legislators.
    February 11 2021

    Greetings Elected Legislators

    RE: HB 1381

    HB 1381 is being presented as the alternative energy requirement for Indiana. But more importantly this is about the Indiana citizens’ ability to self-govern. Basically, it is about the continued eroding of the representative form of government, and delegating power to a centralized elite group, no longer controlled by the electorate.

    This bill was not written by Indiana’s representatives. And did any legislator read the entire bill before casting a vote? Just pass it and we will look at it later? Did any legislator visit a property owner, within an industrial, alternative energy site? Did any legislator consider input from citizens not in their inner circle? The abuse caused by alternative energy is reported time and time again. These reports are brushed aside by those chasing money in lieu of good government.

    Corporate energy companies receive their power and money from appointed Czars at the Federal government level. These officials do not represent the citizens of Indiana. Therefore, the State legislators are subservient to the Federal government delivering laws via energy companies.

    Energy companies’ goals often require the taking of property by eminent domain. Is the taking of Indiana farm land to produce energy for other States in the best interest of Indiana landowners? You can say the owners have the right to contest the eminent domain in court. Are these courts and Judges appointed by the same state legislators who pass HB 1381? Do you really believe the landowner is represented with any chance of standing against the energy corporations? This is another example of the erosion of representative government. What was once a public utility is now a partnership between utility companies and government? The public be dammed.

    HB 1381 is not supported by the majority of the voters in Indiana and is not in their best interests. It appears to be similar to many other bills written by commercial energy companies, and presented to Indiana Counties to dictate their wind/solar energy criteria. HB 1381 does not represent the zoning laws that have been approved in 30 Indiana Counties. It is designed to take power from the electorate.

    Perhaps Indiana’s legislature has succumbed to the national TV reports that we will all die in 10 years without alternative green energy. I believe you will be joining a long list of fools at that time, if you don’t reject HB 1381.

    Russell Turk
    Sharpsville Indiana

  2. Russell Turk on February 12, 2021 at 8:37 am


  3. Tinesypt on May 10, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Can you tell me please.

  4. James Dawson on April 25, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Mr. Turk:
    I would like to thank you for brining HB 1381 to my attention. I would love to say that it was interesting reading, but that is 30 minutes of my life I am never going to get back.

    The bill is comprehensive in its approach, and I can see where there would be misunderstanding in the reading of it. Just like lawyers, they cite Indiana Codes by number and never tell what the code is, and use all kinds of ambiguous references. I did the research behind the references.

    One of your concerns is something the voter has control over. When a company wants to put in a solar farm or wind farm, the local community does have a right to petition the county council to prevent it if the electricity is being sent to a far away place. That is the argument that so few communities use and it is a good one.

    Now to the rest of your discussion.

    One of the greatest gifts I ever received was the ability to serve this nation. In my 35+ years of service, I advanced not only my profession in the military, but my education. Yes, in the truest sense of the word, I am a scientist (Electrical Engineer). Those who know me best would say I have too many hobbies. Three of my hobbies are U.S. government history, military history, and scientific research.

    Our government is founded on three documents, and it takes a lot of reading and re-reading to understand the depth and amazing gifts these documents are. These documents are; The Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. Please keep in mind that these are living documents, which means they are able to grow and provide our nation with rules and guidance to continue this great experiment in democracy.

    Articles I, II, and III of the Constitution. These three articles establish our three branches of government. We have three branches because our founding fathers decided that it would be best that no one branch have ultimate power over the citizens. We really did not want a kingdom. No one branch has more power than the other. It is also important to keep in mind that no one person in our nation from the man on the street to the highest office is above the law. That is the way our Constitution is written. I highly recommend you read the tenth Amendment to the Constitution and research the court cases behind it. Our federal government is extremely limited in what it can do.

    Going back to your writings and the HB, I find an error caused either by misinformation or some other source. Nowhere in the bill does imminent domain come up. As a matter of fact, there is discussion in both sections, wind power and solar power about property owners who do NOT want to participate in such projects. Also, there are very clear restrictions on construction of both types of systems, to include decommissioning.

    In its original meaning, a Czar is an emperor, commonly Russian. There has been a recent usage of the word in U.S. politics to designate a person in charge of a specific endeavor. The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for national energy policy. Please notice I said “NATIONAL”. Currently, this means the oversight and protection of national sources and grid protection. The DoE does not have authority to dictate to state legislatures what to do and not do as far as developing energy policy.

    Now it is time for the myths. Being an electrical engineer, I am astounded by the myths that people cling to when it comes to renewable energy.

    Wind power does NOT kill birds or cause any type of health problems. When you were young, if you had a bicycle with a generator to run the headlight, you had the exact same type of generator that is used in wind turbines. Yes, over the years it has become more powerful and more efficient, but it is basically the same thing.

    The blades of the towers do NOT kill birds. I am saddened by the people who believe this. Birds are not as dumb as some would think they are. After years of research into this phenomenon, I have found a few incidents where birds did run head-long into windmill blades. This even happened as far back as the 1600’s in Holland. I cannot speak for those earliest incidents, but the ones involving wind turbines turned out that the birds were sick, and there have been fewer than 20 such incidents.

    Solar panels destroy the ground beneath them and makes the ground unusable for anything. This is a really funny myth. If you ever get the chance to go strawberry picking in Eastern North Carolina, you will find some massive strawberry farms that double as solar farms. Yes, the strawberries do quite well in the environment.

    As for the myth of the toxic chemicals that the panels leach into the ground, that too is a myth. Solar panels made in the United States are required to meet very strict EPA guidelines, and although they may start to deteriorate in about 20 years, the substances they are made of are not harmful to the environment. Please note that if you buy your panels from China, they do not meet EPA standards.

    One of my favorite myths about solar farms is the noise. What noise? Solar panels are connected by underground line to an inverter. On a large farm there could be multiple inverters and they feed to a very large distribution system. In my research, I have found two incidents in Canada where an inverter made noise. These were defective inverters and were replaced by the manufacturer.

    When you look at our national energy policy, you will see that it is quite complex. Please do not confuse complex with complicated. They are two vastly different words. Along with each state, the DoE is working to move our power and energy systems to renewable sources that protect our world. It goes way beyond solar and wind. There are systems such as nuclear power, wave power and so many more that have great potential.

    Are you going to way up tomorrow morning and all fossil fuel vehicles will be gone? Of course not. This is a process, and takes years. I am an antique car enthusiast, and I can honestly say that the internal combustion engine in my 1927 Buick will be around for a long time. Sure, I will probably have to make a few modifications to make it run on 100% ethanol, but that is okay. Both NASCAR and IndyCar run on pure ethanol. The exhaust from 100% ethanol is water.

    As a final note, I will say that it is not the purpose of my words to change your beliefs. I am just making factual comments about your open statements.

    James Dawson

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