www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/opinions?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZNew York wildife in danger.384032013-05-21T12:38:25Z2013-05-21T12:38:25ZThis opinion piece by a recently retired endangered raptor specialist at New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation does not make specific mention of wind energy, but the message directly applies.Veto renewable energy bill, Gov. Hickenlooper.384142013-05-20T16:14:47Z2013-05-20T16:14:47ZRural Colorado already is doing its part to develop renewable resources and diversify our state's energy portfolio. With a veto of SB 252, Gov. Hickenlooper can give that substantial effort a chance to yield dividends-while also ensuring rural ratepayers are able to afford their utility bills.Laws not enforced as wind industry kills more birds and bats.383822013-05-17T22:44:59Z2013-05-17T22:44:59ZThe Associated Press published a thorough article ...highlighting the Department of Interior's unwillingness to hold the wind industry accountable to laws meant to protect wildlife. With over 573,000 birds killed by wind turbines each year, according to the Wildlife Society Bulletin, as well as a significant number of bats, the Department of Interior can only point to superficial and voluntary guidelines that the wind industry continues to ignore.The Latest Wind-Energy Outrage; The Obama administration allows widespread eagle kills.383522013-05-16T15:09:41Z2013-05-16T15:09:41ZThus, the wind industry wants to use more public land - and of course, more public money - so that it can continue killing the public's wildlife with impunity. But since the wind industry can claim that it is doing something - no matter how insignificant - with regard to carbon dioxide emissions, the Obama administration is willing to go along, and even help the industry hide the extent of its bird kills.
If there is a more obvious example of crony capitalism to be had in our country than the treatment the wind industry now enjoys, I can't think of it.Corbella: To eat or heat? That's the EU's question.383722013-05-15T21:08:44Z2013-05-15T21:08:44ZThe green lobby in Europe is so strong that it has pushed EU politicians to oppose virtually every kind of reliable non-renewable energy. ..."Ordinary families and small and medium-sized businesses are essentially subsidizing the investments of green do-gooders," who can afford to install solar panels on their homes and their businesses. But what's really starting to cause citizens and policy-makers to question their green energy agenda, is that soaring energy costs are driving energy-intensive industries in Europe to move to the United States.Redirecting Maine's wind energy policy.383442013-05-14T18:14:06Z2013-05-14T18:14:06ZEliminating unrealistic statewide wind energy capacity goals, as Woodcock suggests, would be a start toward revamping Maine's wind energy policy to reflect the progress that's been made and the best route to capitalize on it in the future.The EU green hell.384002013-05-13T01:10:08Z2013-05-13T01:10:08ZThe European Union's utopian scheme of transforming itself into a green energy powerhouse is faltering as its fantasy plan is colliding with reality. As the EU's economic and financial crisis deepens and unemployment continues to rise, what used to be an almost all-embracing green consensus is beginning to disintegrate.Thousands of birds paying a high price for green energy.383072013-05-07T12:20:30Z2013-05-07T12:20:30ZIf you build a wind turbine in a bird's flight path, the result will be lethal. If birds maintain a predictable flight path, such as an annual migration route, then it should be possible to avoid that flight path. But what if you want to build your wind farm between a bird's breeding place and its regular hunting grounds? That is more difficult.Thousands of birds paying a high price for green energy.382872013-05-06T11:12:48Z2013-05-06T11:12:48ZIt stands to reason that if you build a wind turbine in a bird's flight path, the result will be lethal. If birds maintain a predictable flight path, such as an annual migration route, then it should be possible to avoid that flight path. But what if you want to build your wind farm between a bird's breeding place and its regular hunting grounds? That is more difficult.Zoning board ruled on the evidence; so should county.382722013-05-04T13:48:54Z2013-05-04T13:48:54ZIf approved, the wind farm would deliver turbine impacts to 196 non-participating residences and only 23 participants. Objector petitions representing more than 170 project area landowners and 13,000 acres were filed against this project. When will Rep. Klein be held accountable?.382972013-05-02T19:17:44Z2013-05-02T19:17:44ZRep. Klein is perhaps the most dogmatic supporter of large renewable energy projects in the Vermont Legislature. Being such a strong proponent, one would reasonably believe that he would have established a well-articulated rationale for his support. But a look at his record on big renewable energy reveals a pattern characterized by an absence of any objective rationale in support for his positions. In other words, he seems to be for large renewable energy projects simply because he thinks they're a good idea.Small town caught in wind farm vortex pays $50,000 to settle suit over sign ordinance.382512013-05-01T23:42:14Z2013-05-01T23:42:14ZPlans for more of the giant turbines have spun up a deep philosophical split between neighbors who favor or oppose wind farms. As more towers arose, so did big yard signs opposing wind energy ...On Tuesday, their attorneys, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, announced that town and its insurers agreed to pay the couples $30,000, plus $20,000 in attorney fees.Taking some heat out of the windfarm debate.382642013-05-01T19:28:18Z2013-05-01T19:28:18ZNevertheless, the Scottish Government is right to try to take some of the heat out of the debate and grant a measure of protection to some of Scotland's most remote and beautiful landscape. Wind may be a precious national resource but so is the Scottish countryside.Don't believe everything you're told by 'Big Wind'.382192013-04-29T16:47:31Z2013-04-29T16:47:31ZWe were thinking "green energy" was great and did not ask for any compensation for the lines across our property. We thought we were helping our community.
A lot has happened these last five years since these industrial wind turbines went online. The noise these giants generated are part of our lives 24/7. Wind turbines undermine land values, quality of place.382152013-04-29T16:09:33Z2013-04-29T16:09:33ZOnce the Rollins project was built, Rainer and Gaby Engle of Switzerland, who bought their "American dream getaway," faced 21 turbines -- the sounds and sights of which dominated their lakeside experience. They lost their enjoyment in the property and listed their property for sale.
Dear PUC Commissioners - Your consultant kind of missed the point.382272013-04-29T03:43:11Z2013-04-29T03:43:11ZI just finished reading the transcript of the "open session" the Public Utilities Commission hosted last month: the format included a lively conversation between moderator Maurice Kaya (project director for Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture) and lawyer/consultant/"guest presenter," Scott Hempling. I am now sorry I couldn't be there, for two reasons.Diagnosing the wrong deficit.382102013-04-28T21:26:58Z2013-04-28T21:26:58ZThis opinion piece does not directly reference wind turbines, however, the discussion of how sleep deprivation can result in symptoms similar to those experienced by people living near industrial-scale turbines (procrastination, forgetfulness, an inability to pay attention) is noteworthy.When renewable energy shoots itself in the foot.381992013-04-27T16:04:02Z2013-04-27T16:04:02ZIf you're wondering how in the world this project could be economically viable for anybody involved - and the partners are the city of Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor Public Schools; and Wind Products, the company that estimated the output - it's all about the subsidy. The U.S. Department of Energy is ready to pony up $951,000 in taxpayer money for the $1.44 million project. Sen. Morse pushing crusade that will hurt local schools, businesses, families.382782013-04-27T15:57:39Z2013-04-27T15:57:39ZRenewable energy may be a popular catch phrase along Colorado's urban Front Range, but it has turned into fighting words across much of rural Colorado. Not because rural communities are against it, to the extent it makes economic sense, but because they're about to be force-fed an overdose by state Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs.Turbine fire illuminates need for reporting mandate.382032013-04-26T20:14:45Z2013-04-26T20:14:45ZMainers have a right to know about fires or other potentially hazardous situations at large-scale industrial facilities like wind farms. A simple change to wind farm permitting rules to require that operators report fires at their facilities in a timely manner would help public safety and industry officials compile data that could be used to mitigate future hazards.