Therefore, Invenergy, when Orangeville municipal officers put their personal financial agenda and business dealings with a multinational million-dollar corporation, before the health, safety and welfare of the people of Orangeville, forming zoning laws that facilitate this very same business project that is located in Orangeville, that is what I, in my opinion, call the "selling out of Orangeville."
Even though bidding has closed and the authority is on its way to picking a developer (or developers), there is still very little solid information on this Great Lakes Offshore Wind project. What little information has been made available is still very concerning to me and to many others.
It also contradicts what some people think are the benefits. Below I have compiled my list of "myths versus facts".
A larger question is that of public trust in government. In the town of Lowville, Gordon Yancey is upset that public officials, including his brother Edward Yancey, got lease agreements related to Maple Ridge. His view, that "they made their sweetheart, backdoor deals long before anything was made public," can be cancerous in a community when large portions of the populace share it.
The less you know about "green" energy, the more it was meant for you. By that I mean that wind turbines and solar farms don't have to make any financial sense -- and they don't. They just have to make you feel good about the government. The turbines and solar farms may look good from afar ...But they look far from good the closer you get
[The report] skips over the setback requirements for the industrial turbines, an issue that has been a major point of contention. Those 450 foot industrial turbines have to be 1,400 feet from your house, but only 600 feet from your property line. That means this could lead to up to 800 feet of your property being unusable and unsafe for you, essentially being stolen.
To justify the destruction of Maine's landscapes with his wind turbines, Angus King repeats the familiar claim that "there would be a 1-to-1 reduction in greenhouse gases because existing plants would be throttled back whenever the turbines are in operation."
This is simply not true.
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The controversial project's latest flashpoint is the $66 million cost to ratepayers and taxpayers for the eventual dismantling of Cape Wind's 130 turbines after the wind-farm ceases its planned operations in 25 years, as the Herald first reported yesterday.
"This is insanity, and just another example which shows all the hidden costs of this project."
I was very disappointed to hear that CVPS has purchased 30 percent of the actual output from the 99-megawatt (installed capacity) industrial wind facility in Coos County, N.H. By doing that you supported the construction of 33 miles of new roads in high alpine areas that are presently roadless.
Now I am reading press reports that CVPS is buying output from the Iberdrola project that will be blasted right in the middle of Vermont's most critical black bear habitat.
If Highlanders put their faith in the owner of Independence Wind, they are choosing to trust a man who either knowingly tells untruths or doesn't know enough about his subject to speak with any degree of expertise.
It's easy to spread misinformation when no one challenges you on it. It's easy to spread feel-good propaganda when your listeners are easily led. But those days are over.
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Fervent environmentalists are good at laughing off such complaints as trivial compared to the need to reduce our use of destructive fossil fuels. But this objection actually cuts to the heart of the issue of why we invest in wind energy. If our intent is to protect nature and the environment for future generations, then building massive turbines in some of the truly unspoiled areas left in the world makes little sense. In short, wind farms mar beautiful places but, as we have seen, do little to actually help save nature in the long run.
A project as big as Antelope Ridge is bound to have some negative impacts. Horizon should do everything within its power to minimize those and negotiate a fair settlement with Union County. If it does all that, it won't have to worry about the outcome of the vote.
The Columbia River Gorge is one of the few remaining places in the nation where some of the Lewis and Clark landscape remains today as it existed more than two centuries ago.
Every year a little bit of that beauty is sliced off to allow man-made blights. This means we must witness the slow extinction of the grandeur of the Gorge.
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Two more associated towers are to be located in Concord, the next township to the east. My town is now among the unfortunate that have been infected with the virus of wind-energy sprawl. Industry activity, lately, has been substantial in our area and our town lies within the new expedited permitting zone. It was bound to happen.
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There are lots of reasons to oppose this project [Cape Wind], including the increased costs to ratepayers in the years ahead.
But yesterday's SJC decision points to yet another. In its efforts to ensure the future of this particular project the Patrick administration has run roughshod over the centuries-old public trust doctrine.
Brimfield needs time to determine if it can live with the project. Placing eight to 10 wind-turbine towers that may be almost 400-feet high is a pretty tall order. The project would definitely affect the town's rural character, so officials and residents should demand that First Wind provide as much information as possible.
Are Delawareans foolish enough to elect John Carney to Congress knowing he supports a financial "loser" like wind turbine manufacturing and use in Delaware?
When the large property owners were approached over five years ago to sign leases to have 400-foot-tall industrial wind turbines on their property, they were never told of all the negative stuff and how they would be affecting their neighbors. We know so much more now.
Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won't accomplish its main goal. ...The inefficient "cycling" of generators made to run continuously creates more emissions than running constantly.
The project, pegged at $2.5 billion in construction costs alone, threatens to burden the electric utilities with higher costs and their customers with higher bills. Once the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approves that contract, other utilities will, we can assume, line up. Only faintly visible are the machinations that our elected officials had to go through in order to pull the deal together.