Kelly Ogle, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Once it stretched across 14 states-- 142 million acres of rolling grassland dotted with bison, and all sorts of other creatures and plant life. Now 90 percent of it is gone, and we want to put those big ugly wind turbines on what's left?
If you've never been to the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve up near Pawhuska in Osage County, I encourage you to go. It's a beautiful 60 square miles of what middle America used to look like before we started plowing it under.
Now developers want to build two huge 150-megawatt wind farms on private ranches nearby. County Commissioners in Osage County are mulling it over.
Boy, environmentalists must be torn on this one... I know I am-- spoil the environment of the prairie preserve by protecting the environment with clean energy.
In the end, the overriding factor for me, is one simple word I mentioned earlier-- "Private." This is being proposed on private ranch land. And I'm getting tired of the government telling citizens what they can and can't do with their own private property.