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As an active professional working to save Maine's mountaintops, I've met and have dealt with large groups who are opposed to improper siting of wind factories. We all agree that much larger and more efficient wind factories in the ocean beyond sight of shore, where wind is better and more reliable, makes more sense. To say we are against wind power is a falsehood.
As to the sound problems that Aniel argues, the Maine Medical Association agrees with her, not Dr. Dora Anne Mills.
If your elected representatives decide to industrialize rural Vermont, that is fine and well - but it should be done with the same care and diligence that governs other sources of industrial noise. Airports no longer operate at night, and major highways that come close to where people live are built with sound barriers. Surely a tax-supported, lucrative business venture such as industrial wind can step up to the plate.
Three professional acoustical engineers have been hired, one by Acciona, one by the town and one by Wind Power Ethics Group. The likely sound increases discussed has been 42 from Acciona, 25 to 33 from the town's hired expert, and 30 by WPEG. ...Suddenly BP and Acciona need 50 decibels. Period. No ambient, no nothing.
Imagine a windmill was placed in your area. You might not think it would affect you-but people in Canada, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, the UK and the United States are saying otherwise. ...We need to be conscious of the environmental impact of noise, as well as of carbon emissions. Independent investigation and responsible consultation should prevent us all from tilting at windmills.
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Last weekend, the Talking Pictures Festival screened "Windfall," a documentary exploring how wind turbines affected the rural town of Meredith, N.Y. The Daily spoke with Director Laura Israel about the creation of the documentary and what Evanston residents should do about the controversial issue of wind turbines.
My husband and I were contacted by National Wind and the AWA Goodhue Wind project late, too. ...they wanted us to sign a wind lease contract for a minimal amount to compensate us for having the wind turbine close to our home. We decided there was not a good reason to sign away our land rights for 20, 30 or possibly 50 years for any amount of money, let alone a pittance. The two representatives from National Wind came to our house twice. We had many questions and never felt like we got answers to those questions.
David Orton and Helga Hoffmann-Orton of Pictou County, provide a thoughtful commentary on the recently released book, Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment written by Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD, K-Selected Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009, 292 pages, paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0-9841827-0-1.
Rural, suburban or urban, headlines across Central and southern Minnesota show that as much as some Minnesotans want to harness the renewable power of wind, others are decidedly in the NIMBY camp.
What's the answer? There isn't one. At least a one-size-fits all answer.
However, as a starting point, the Legislature should make it a higher priority to update the state's setback requirements on wind-energy systems.
Yesterday thousands of Ontario residents were poised to demonstrate at Queen's Park to show their concerns about the Green Energy Act and about the potential for the installation of Industrial wind turbines to have a negative effect on people's health.
I have watched wind farms pop up all over southwest and southern Wyoming seemingly overnight. The irony is none of this power belongs to Wyoming. It is all for the good of other states. Why Wyoming? Is it because we are just a bunch of dumb cowboys and this is all our land is good for? A group wants to build a wind farm on top of White Mountain again with no longterm benefit to the people of Wyoming. Are the states that don't want this in their back yard stealing our scenic view and possibly even our wind?
Whether they're called wind farms or industrial wind generating plants, these industrial developments have caused divisiveness and controversy in every community in Vermont where they have been proposed.
Because electricity generation has special legal status for land use regulations, industrial wind projects are being sited in areas where other industrial developments would never be allowed.
My family has a long history with Yale. My great-grandfather was the first professor of German, my grandfather graduated in 1900, my father in 1938 and my brother in 1968. All of these relatives had - and those still living still do - a great affection for the Great North Woods of Maine. ...Now we are confronted, apparently as a result of Yale's desire for an ever larger endowment, with a proposal to build the largest grid scale industrial wind power plant ever in Maine in our backyard on the wild and scenic Highland Mountains.
The Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R. (Protect Our Water, Economy and Resources) Coalition would like to remind readers about some critical facts regarding offshore wind development and the company aggressively pursuing our shoreline that are important to understand before taking a stance one way or another or rushing into any significant development in one of our greatest natural treasures.
Now a new community-level movement is arising in Michigan and across the Great Lakes region. This time, established green groups may be separating themselves from it. As Michigan and other state and provincial agencies move to authorize wind farms in the Great Lakes, enviros outside the affected communities are not likely to join offshore wind opponents in any significant numbers.
But there are many unanswered questions on these projects.
First off, the government doesn't have any regulations pertaining to offshore wind projects.
It begs the question: why has the government approved a project for which it admits regulations must be created. This creates an unfair process.
At the time it seemed clearly the right thing for a progressive little town to do in these times of concern over climate change, especially if it makes the town a bunch of money. ...So what's changed? A persistent group of opponents, mostly nonresidents, seem to have been successful in reminding us that some land is better used when not used at all in the practical sense. That sometimes aesthetic and recreational value trumps even a virtuous, green use
There is growing opposition to the installation of utility wind turbines in the United States. Citizens have learned that living among these enormous structures has a negative impact upon their personal well-being and the social fabric of their communities.
Public officials, quick to approve these structures, were blinded by potential revenues.
What has happened is the color green. There have been some well intentioned folks that have had their vision clouded by money. Industrial wind is not about electricity. It is about power! The power of money! Green Mountain Power came to Lowell and conducted an expensive political campaign to get good people to say yes to allow GMP make money from destroying our ridge line by installing 440-foot monsters on our ridge line!
As Buffalo considers the "benefits" of erecting wind turbines within city limits, it must openly and objectively assess the negative consequences. The presence of 400-foot-tall towers will impact community character and scenic vistas. The noise created by wind turbines will be a nuisance. Most troubling, however, is the growing body of medical research establishing that infrasound produced by wind turbines ...adversely affects human health.
What unites these localities in our long nation? Yes, wind power opposition. Sometimes it's the residents who protest, but all the more frequently even the municipalities themselves resist, and say no to planned wind power construction.
Earlier this spring, Tingsryd municipality halted, for the time being, plans for a wind power station south of Växjö. In Klippan, the Conservative politicians put the brakes on. In the north, in Ragunda and Strömsund, the municipality, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, a Sami village [translator note: Sami are Laplanders; many make a living by raising reindeer], and several private individuals joined to block a planned wind power park consisting of 450 turbines.