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Two candidates who oppose Tipton County's embrace of wind farm developments have won primary election contests in their bids for countywide seats.

Gerald Shuck defeated incumbent County Commissioner Phil Heron in Tuesday's Republican primary, while Jim Leffler bested Mike Orr in the GOP primary race for a County Council seat.

Leffler told the Kokomo Tribune that Tuesday's primary results show that residents are looking to stunt the development of wind farms.

Shuck said the primary results serve as a notice that citizens are not only looking for a change regarding the wind farm development in the county, but also for more transparent government.

Some county residents say they worry about the safety of towering wind turbines, while some farm owners are unhappy with the noises produced by the turbines.

E.ON Climate and Renewables of Chicago erected 125 turbines in in eastern Tipton County and northern Madison County in 2012 as part of the Wildcat Wind Farm. Colorado-based Developer juwi Wind is proposing a $300 million wind farm in the county with about 90 turbines.

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  • yeesh it's dirty here in Indiana
    It's not being chicken little if it's true...Indiana is listed among the top 20 worst states for air pollution caused by power plants...http://bit.ly/1sm9ini
  • Rhetoric
    The rhetoric and scare tactics from the chicken little faction always makes for a good laugh! One voice disagrees and you guys go nuts!! I bet none of you live by a windfarm (and never would).
  • Regarding "seeing" those windfarms
    Just stick with coal then! In a 15 years or so you won't be able to see the wind farms at all, because the smog/pollution cloud will be as thick as Beijing.
  • Question
    Bob N. - I agree with your comment about a reasonable solution being an intelligent combination of various energy sources. Is it the wording and presentation of this article that you find sad or the outcome of the vote?
  • Sad Commentary
    It's a sad commentary on Indiana politics when we have these types of candidates winning elections. The energy solution for Indiana is some intelligent combination of wind, solar, biomass, natural gas, and -for the foreseeable future- some form of "clean coal" (it's an oxymoron, I realize, but some coal-fired power plants are cleaner than others). Let's dial down the rhetoric and look for a reasonable solution.
    • fire water
      Maybe we could bring in more fracking GM. Then we'd be able to set our water on fire! http://www.cnet.com/news/man-sets-tap-water-on-fire-sparks-debate/
    • dirty water and air
      You're alright with having water and air that's polluted by oil and coal GM?
    • Bring them down
      I HATE wind farms. Absolutely hate them. It's sad to drive through the countryside that my family first settled and see ugly wind turbines polluting the landscape. I support anyone running for office who wants to tear them down.
      • good try iuhoosier
        Way to parrot arguments that are created by big oil & the coal industry iuhoosier! I guess it's in their best interest to make wind power and solar power seem like a fools game. However they're wrong. Wind power is in fact more energy efficient than fossil fuels. Here's just one of dozens of studies finding just that! http://bit.ly/1fUTead
      • Inefficient
        Wind energy is very inefficient and right now a hole that they are throwing money into. Drive up 65 toward Chicago and see how many of those windmills aren't even moving. How much energy is created when those aren't moving? Zero. Also, once the grid is satisfied and the windmills continued to make energy, there is no storage mechanism. It would take a bank of batteries the size of a football field to begin to start storing that energy. In the meantime, that energy is wasted and going no where. It is very inefficient until they come up with a storage mechanism so they can be running all the time and really contributing to the the energy demands.
      • Ummm what?
        "Some county residents say they worry about the safety of towering wind turbines." Yes those clean energy wind turbines are killing people by the thousands! Leave it to the Indiana GOP to stoke misinformation and increase our dependence on dirty & expensive forms of energy! The GOP is a dinosaur!

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