Questioning large-scale wind and transmission development often results in charges of being against both wind and jobs. This is unfortunate because it's often not true, discourages public involvement and inhibits the questioning of positions held by important public figures. And questions need to be asked. ...There are no guarantees that wind power will be "low cost" for Montana's rate payers.
The Cape Vincent Planning Board and Town Council have majorities with contracts with either British Petroleum or Acciona altogether worth around $200,000 per year for 20 years. These contracts include loyalty oaths swearing "to help in all permitting processes."
One term repeatedly used by people living with wind towers was disaster, referring to the loss and damage to their lives and farms, their community and the environment.
We heard plenty ...but not a word of support for wind power, the wind companies or the politicians who are enabling this disaster.
By risking arrest to oppose wind power, he drew attention from media far and wide. ...Many people have asked me why I did this. Good question. I hope I give good answers.
The first reason is that nobody seems to be paying attention to the negative aspects of wind power -- least of all the complacent and complicit media in Maine.
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Not all the grades are in. Bowles may believe his work is done, but the effects of several initiatives are far from clear, so it would be premature to praise the outgoing secretary for his efforts.
The most obvious example, of course, is Cape Wind. Gov. Patrick made the project a symbol of his energy policy ...Bowles was at the tip of the spear as the Patrick administration prodded the ill-conceived wind farm through the remaining regulatory hurdles.
For many, wind energy here translates into the long, continuing battle over a 130-turbine wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound. But more turbines are planned on land and potentially for additional offshore sites. And for Cape Codders who are not yet aware of this - or of the ramifications for families, homeowners and communities - the assembly's action is a welcome second chance to get up to speed and have a voice in whether turbines will continue to sprout up all over the Cape.
There are five proposed sites in Plymouth right now; do you know where they are? Panicked citizens are waking up at the 11th hour to the realization that they may soon have one (or several) of these monstrous machines looming over their neighborhood. Lawyers and engineers are minimizing concerns.
Turbine developers are in it for the quick money, which is being made available by people in government who aren't thinking smart. The developers could hardly care about health issues, environmental issues or your quality of life.
Let's face it, Beacon Hill made National Grid and other utilities an offer they couldn't refuse, Cape Wind investors secured a suitor for their astonishingly high-cost product and Patrick has polished his credentials with the environmental set.
Meanwhile the ratepayers are left holding one mighty expensive bag.
November 24, 2010
in West Marin Citizen
The stance of environmental groups against wind farms which so puzzles your last guest columnist is easy to explain. These environmentalists, like many others around the world, have done their own research and concluded that the wind farm business is an immense folly inflicted on a gullible public by big business, with the collusion of big government.
"Whether you are pro-wind or anti-wind, one thing we all agree on is the process is a process that is inequitable, it is without consultation, it is without a true viable economic base, it is purely a political PR process. It causes great anger and angst and sadness amongst the community."
This describes, with appalling accuracy, what is happening in every community targeted for industrial wind facilities.
Wayne Casler's resignation as supervisor of the Herkimer County town of Litchfield should serve as a lesson for the larger community when it comes to public officials and conflicts of interest. But even more important, it once again demonstrates why adding another layer of government approval for wind turbine projects would be in the best interest of small communities.
The three dozen protesters who stood out in the biting rain and who were arrested will in time be vindicated in the eyes of the editors and others in the aftermath and awakening of the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the public and the environment.
This is, was and will always be about the money.
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And the Antelope Ridge wind farm is anything but discreet: 164 spinning turbines each up to 475 feet tall would be strung across more than 40,000 mountainous acres at a cost of about $600 million.
Not surprisingly, this bucolic piece of Oregon is torn up about it.
Now in the 2010 school board linkage meeting and follow-up October meeting, local politicians are wanting to spend our tax dollars budgeting the wind turbine study into three local budgets instead of just one, to fund, "the want," the wind turbine (with most of the property owners, the taxpayers, left in the dark about what the politicians are really doing in spending our tax $$$$$$).
The council would not have wasted $250,000 of taxpayers' money to save $1,629. The only reason the council approved the project was because of the claim of an 80 percent savings presented by Kennedy and Fry.
Was their data false on purpose, to justify the windmill, or false by accident?
Now we have a landowner demanding that citizens vote against the proposed wind ordinance in Rumford or else the trails on their property will be closed.
I would like to point out that the wind industry is relying on the old military tactic of divide and conquer.
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In launching their $126 million law suit, it is now likely that the Big Thunder Wind Farm in Thunder Bay is now finished. Councillors, who in 2006 were enthusiastic, are now far more aware of facts on the project. Candidates for office in Monday's election have seen how the project has been one that has divided this community.
Agents will try to negotiate a simple lease agreement by initially offering some type of payment for land use that is normally priced under fair market value. If that doesn't work, the company will exercise their right to pursue eminent domain actions through the condemnation of your property as part of the legal process.
Since 2004, the Beacon Hill Institute has published analyses showing that the economic costs of the project would exceed the benefits by hundreds of millions of dollars, and that the project would require commensurately large subsidies.