Lake Michigan Wind Turbine Free!
Lake Michigan’s Natural Beauty is Our Most Valuable
“Nature stretcheth out her arms to embrace man,
only let his thoughts be of equal greatness.”
(from Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson)
The endless fresh water horizon seen from the shores
of Lake Michigan is the very pinnacle of nature’s
beauty. These magnificent panoramic views over vast
expanses of open water are the heart and soul of
Lake Michigan’s vibrant $7 billion dollar tourism,
sport fishing and recreational boating industries,
and a significant part of the $18 billion dollar
state-wide tourism industry.
Michigan has more than 3,500 miles of Great Lakes
coastline, more than any of the lower 48 states.
500,000 jobs in Michigan are
connected to the Great Lakes, more than any other
state. Lake Michigan also
contains the world’s largest collection of
freshwater sand dunes. The beauty of these unique
dunes and their associated beaches are an extremely
valuable asset to Michigan’s recreation and tourism
Michigan’s Defining Resource
These boundless expanses of surrounding fresh water
and world-class coastal dunes are Michigan’s
defining resource. This natural beauty must be
preserved to protect our multi-billion dollar
tourism, sport fishing and recreational boating
placement of wind turbines in Lake Michigan would be
a tragic mistake. Whatever the supposed gains in
renewable energy or jobs might be, even the smallest
decline in tourism or waterfront property values
resulting from offshore wind farms would produce
devastatingly larger losses in jobs, tourism dollars
and state revenues.
It is likely that proposed huge wind farms off
Mason, Oceana and Ottawa counties have already
depressed housing values in a fragile Lake Michigan
waterfront real estate market,
diminishing state and
local property tax revenues that in Michigan total
over a billion dollars a year.
There Should Never Be Wind Turbines In Lake Michigan
Open Water urges the people of the state of Michigan
and our legislators to see the big picture before it
is too late, and pass legislation banning the
construction of offshore wind turbine farms anywhere
on Lake Michigan or along coastal dune areas.
is not enough to move the distance of wind farms
farther offshore. A 450 foot wind turbine can be
seen over 30 miles out while standing on the edge of
the beach, and miles farther if viewed from
a dune bluff. Sleeping Bear Dune rises over 440 feet
above the shore and a commercial wind turbine would
be visible at least 50 miles over the water, halfway
across Lake Michigan.