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Misinformation is stopping renewable energy projects | NPR

A wind turbine is silhouetted against the sky at sunset near Ellsworth, Kansas. The 300-foot-tall turbine is among the 134 units that make up the Post Rock Wind Farm.

A wind turbine is silhouetted against the sky at sunset near Ellsworth, Kansas. The 300-foot-tall turbine is among the 134 units that make up the Post Rock Wind Farm.

On a winter night in early 2016, Jeremy Kitson gathered in his buddy’s large shed with some neighbors to plan their fight against a proposed wind farm in rural Van Wert County, Ohio. The project would be about a mile from his home.

From the beginning, Kitson — who teaches physics and chemistry at the local high school — knew he didn’t want the turbines anywhere near him. He had heard from folks who lived near another wind project about 10 miles away that the turbines were noisy and that they couldn’t sleep.

At the shed, according to Kitson, they agreed that part of their outreach would involve posting information on a Facebook community page called “Citizens for Clear Skies,” which ultimately grew to more than 770 followers.

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Source: Misinformation is stopping renewable energy projects | NPR

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