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NYSERDA is sidestepping concerns regarding wind power

I was one of a number of citizens representing 33-plus New York state grass-roots groups that attended the June 16 NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Authority] environmental stakeholder's meeting on wind power in Albany. The reasons for this unique meeting were to answer citizen's questions on industrial wind power that we have been asking NYSERDA for years now.

New York state taxpayers and ratepayers are funding what is likely a $2 billion fraud.

I was one of a number of citizens representing 33-plus New York state grass-roots groups that attended the June 16 NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Authority] environmental stakeholder's meeting on wind power in Albany.

The reasons for this unique meeting were to answer citizen's questions on industrial wind power that we have been asking NYSERDA for years now and to see if they could provide scientific proof that the $2-plus billion Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program is not a complete waste. NYSERDA failed to do either.

The crux of the problem with wind power is the fact that it is the very same businessmen and investors who stand to make obscene profits at New York state citizens' expense, who are claiming industrial wind is a solution that will reduce CO2 emissions and thereby reduce global warming.

To date, no independent scientific studies have shown evidence to substantiate their self-serving claims. Our persistent pursuit of NYSERDA for proof is the reason this meeting was held.

Unfortunately, the wind lobbyists' PR provided on NYSERDA's Web site; NYSERDA's one-sided... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

New York state taxpayers and ratepayers are funding what is likely a $2 billion fraud.

I was one of a number of citizens representing 33-plus New York state grass-roots groups that attended the June 16 NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Authority] environmental stakeholder's meeting on wind power in Albany.

The reasons for this unique meeting were to answer citizen's questions on industrial wind power that we have been asking NYSERDA for years now and to see if they could provide scientific proof that the $2-plus billion Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program is not a complete waste. NYSERDA failed to do either.

The crux of the problem with wind power is the fact that it is the very same businessmen and investors who stand to make obscene profits at New York state citizens' expense, who are claiming industrial wind is a solution that will reduce CO2 emissions and thereby reduce global warming.

To date, no independent scientific studies have shown evidence to substantiate their self-serving claims. Our persistent pursuit of NYSERDA for proof is the reason this meeting was held.

Unfortunately, the wind lobbyists' PR provided on NYSERDA's Web site; NYSERDA's one-sided stacking of the panels for this meeting; the very limited question time citizens were allowed, right on down to the intimidation their lawyer used when he told us, "you better watch what you do with that videotape" - all fly in the face of NYSERDA's own mission statement as a "public benefit corporation" that "places a premium on objective analysis" ... "reaching out to solicit multiple perspectives."

NYSERDA officials told us wind energy is "not up for debate," as this is the political agenda that's been handed down to them. Our view is that as energy experts of the state, NYSERDA should formally object to unsound political directives, and insist on sound scientific solutions. It appears instead that fear of program cutbacks is guiding their actions, as "multiple perspectives" are now being locked out while our government and its agencies pursue these corporate-political agendas.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation's [DEC] chief of engineering projects, Jack Nasca, suggested that New York state towns use some of the PILOT money they receive from these projects to conduct their own studies, so the towns can hold developers accountable if they don't meet set project requirements. Nasca's statements further demonstrate that the state has no intention of demanding any accountability from Big Wind LLCs.

New York State Department of Health representative Dr. Jan Storm reported that the negative health impacts involving noise associated with industrial wind turbines are worldwide. Yet she acknowledged New York state still has not conducted any studies on these problems, while the woefully inadequate siting continues on unchecked across New York state.

Only two of the speakers at the meeting had anything genuinely negative to say about wind power all day. Dan Driscoll, retired noise control engineer for power projects with the state Public Service Commission, cited the "many adverse health effects" associated with "infrasound" from industrial wind projects. He closed by asking, "What are you going to do about it?" but received no reply.

Retired DEC ecologist Tom Brown really called out the state, citing the "inadequate oversight of these projects by the state" in towns that are "ill-prepared to deal with the well-financed industry," as being "tragic." Thank God there are still some highly principled people who aren't afraid to speak out against the political pandering going on in our government today!

Before we allow the needless spending of billions more of our hard-earned money to line the pockets of corporations who continue to lobby for legislation to suit their bottom lines, we must demand to see independent, objective, scientific proof to justify what they are doing.

Before we allow further environmental, health, economic and cultural devastation of our beautiful New York state landscapes, all for a scam reminiscent of the economically devastating sub-prime fiasco that has harmed us all, we must stand up, speak out, demand the truth, and insist on scientifically sound solutions to our energy issues.

We anxiously await the scientific proof that NYSERDA claims they have, but still has not produced, when they post the answers to our citizens' questions on their Web site, as they promised us they would do at the June 16 meeting.

The writer is an environmental activist for Sound Scientific Solutions.


Source: http://www.dailygazette.com...

JUL 1 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/20930-nyserda-is-sidestepping-concerns-regarding-wind-power
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