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High cost of wind power

Paul Marshall, a farmer in LaSalle County, is trying to block Rock Island Clean Line from building an electric transmission line across his property. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)

The article about the new federal rule to allow more avian killing turbines to be built is alarming ("Final wind turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths," Dec. 14). That the majestic endangered eagles will be given a reprieve when the wind isn't blowing is hardly reassuring because that happens to be the same time when the blades won't be spinning and fossil fuel backup will be needed.

That's when the myth of benign wind energy is blown away. With the growth of turbines around the country, the future survival of many avian species will hang on the whims of wind.

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Ajax Eastman, Cockeysville

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