A cyclist rides pass the Mason City Hall and the Odeon Theatre on Aug. 14, 2015.   A proposal by an Italian energy developer to build a wind farm in the heart of Hill Country has stirred up intense opposition among locals, who say the 400-foot turbines will ruin the picturesque town that draws thousands of tourists every year. Of particular concern is the local population of Mexican free-tailed bats, which studies show have been killed off when they fly to close to the spinning blades. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

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For those who have to live in the turbines’ shadow, the impact on their landscape and local wildlife can be too high a cost.