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Opinion

July 17, 2013

Why does the proposed solar field have to be a fight?

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Unless birds are stupid, the snipe, the ducks, the other shorebirds, hawks and swallows will still have 56 acres of field to land in, nest in and feed in. If the concern is the panels will be scaring them away, they can fly in front of the mounds and avoid panel sight.

It is important to reduce our carbon footprint for future generations. There is a state program called Massachusetts Green Communities. Currently 110 communities are included in this program, which allows for grants and support for renewable energy. The more important question to ask the Town of Newbury is, why aren’t they involved in the Green Community Program?

We believe global warming is a real concern. Storms are severe. Weather situations are changing. I would expect the people on Plum Island are wondering about the impacts of global warming. If the lack of concern for green energy, as we see in Newbury, continues, we won’t be able to enjoy the birds because there will be no wetlands available for their habitat. The earth is heating up and although we may have experienced one of the wettest Junes on record, the droughts are around the corner. Why not share the space? Good for birds, good for people?

Before people donate to a cause to stop the solar field, everyone better think of how we, as landowners, are having the rights to do with our land, what we want, eliminated. What is happening to us, in that regard, can happen to anyone. Birds are important, carbon footprint is important, global warming is important, but landowner rights is extremely important. If you want to offer support or comments, please call Gene on 603-661-5050 or e-mail us at pikulfarm@yahoo.com. We’d love to hear any opinion.

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Donna Pikul lives in Newbury.

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