We made the decision to move about a month ago . We are primarily moving because of the Risks the Santa Isabel Windmill Farm will bring upon the environment and residents; the project will be finished next month near our current living space.
Once we kept on reading about the health risks and symptoms these windmills were having on people living near them in the states, we were advised to do everything possible to stop the Windmill Project or move. We realized we needed to reach a decision quickly.
We shifted most of our efforts from educating people about the health risks into finding a new home. The lack of interest expressed by the people living near the windmills about the health risks helped us put our energy elsewhere.
Our Politicians don’t Give a Fuck
Our local Government including Governor Luis Fortuño, Pedro Pierluisi, and Santa Isabel Mayor Hector Questell decided to put their constituents at risk by convincing the public that those 44 structures of what they call new technology will help with the current energy issue.
I reached out to the other large political party the PPD to see what was their stance and they have no comments on the issue. My interpretation is that they must protect their interests in this project. For either political party winning votes is more important than the well being of those who vote for them. It is always easier for them to point the finger on the other party (when the shit hits the fan) than to raise awareness on a possible future issue and shut down a project where residents might be put at risk. I have not seen a politician from any of the main parties come out and take a stance against this experiment.
Puerto Ricans as Guinea Pigs again
The windmill project puts Puerto Rico once again as a testing ground for new technologies. Repeating history as they did in the past when they used people as guinea pigs for pharmaceuticals. We can only blame ourselves because even those that live near the Windmills (except me) are ok with having them near by.
Health is Less Valuable than the Dollar
Most politicians and does that benefit economically have sold this project as the solution to our local energy crisis. The biggest problem is the devaluation of life and those who might suffer consequences because of living close to the windmills. I am not sure how the savings over time will outweigh the benefits once people start showing the terrible symptoms these structures can create.
Protect your Pocket by Conserving Energy
If what everyone is looking for savings then energy conservation should be the first option. If you make electricity less expensive, it only makes people waste more energy. I know of many people like my friend Melvin Rodriguez points out that sleep with the A/C running all year but they are covered in blankets. The ironic part is when they complain about a high electricity bill. For them I offer the simple solution of turning a fan and eliminating the blankets which we clearly don’t need here in tropics.
Did they Identify the Root Problem?
When are we going to start attacking issues by identifying the root of the problem and finding solutions?
Why is it that Puerto Ricans allow politicians to make decisions for them? Most politicians are only thinking of themselves and how they can benefit individually from any project? Why trust them?
I already made the decision to move and I feel it is still my duty to create awareness on an issue that is pretty much silent on the island. It would mean a lot if you could share this article with someone or many.
What would you do if you know those around you might be at risk but they are blinded by politics and other facts?
This issue goes beyond politics it is about safeguarding all types of life.
If you want to find more about the negative effects windmills like the “Molinos de Santa Isabel Experiment” can pose take a look at some external posts where I have collected multiple links on the subject.
Thanks to Alfredo Richner for Creating Awareness
Alfredo founder of the blog Puerto Rico Indie wrote this for Global Voices. We want to thank Alfredo for amplifying our message and starting a conversation via the communities he is a part of.