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A land battle is brewing at the site of what could be Nevada's newest national monument, Avi Kwa Ame.
Picture an area of land equal to the combined territories of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island — 228,000 square miles in all. That's the space that could be required to site most of the massive deployments of wind and solar generation required to fulfill President Biden's goal of a net-zero-carbon economy by midcentury, according to a recent first-ever project to attempt mapping that future.
In Ocean City, members of the community and elected officials are raising objections to Danish energy company Orsted’s plans for a wind farm 15 miles off the South Jersey coast from Atlantic City to Cape May. Also, elected officials and representatives of the fishing industry in Long Beach Island are voicing similar concerns over another wind farm proposed by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind about 10 miles off Barnegat Light.
Wind farms are not environmentally friendly to land or to nature. For example, the excavation of leased land to install and support wind farms permanently alters that property’s landscapes, rock outcroppings and micro-environments – all of which are irreplaceable. ...The turbines are a blight for miles around, and they also interfere with endangered species. Current projects in Montague and Jack counties will negatively affect the migration paths and lay-over locations of Whooping Cranes. Current population numbers are estimated to be about 500 Whopping Cranes left.
Tucked against the foothills west of Tie Siding is a small cabin, under construction for the last seven years, representing the dreams and life savings of Carson and Loretta Aanenson. Better known around Laramie as Ace, Aanenson and his wife have been working on the project since 2014. “We come up and work on it whenever we get a few dollars,” he said.
A proposed offshore wind farm continues to draw opposition from New Jersey's southern coastal communities. Ørsted's proposed project aims to construct 99 wind turbines about 15 miles off the coast from Atlantic City to Cape May. The wind turbines are expected to produce enough energy to power half a million homes by 2024, according to Ørsted officials.
‘It’s a fantastic feeling when you manage to steer a flock of reindeer, when everything goes well, and you make it home safely. I tend to say it’s like riding the wind.’ Ironically, it is the proliferation of wind farms that is threatening the last bastions of the Sami language and culture, writes Trygve Ulriksen Skogseth
This company has actually started constructing access roads and installing turbine bases at this time. How can construction begin on a project that has not been issued the proper certificate from the Ohio Power Siting Board? Something about this entire situation is not correct.
The proposed Salt Creek Wind Farm project in Tama County made significant steps toward becoming a reality recently.
Cllr Joe Behan said that he has very deep concerns regarding the visual impact of the project. 'You're making comparison with on-shore projects as if in some way you're being very generous with 10km.' He said that he was horrified by a visual representation of the likely view from Bray.
In Ban-Saint-Jean, in the town of Denting, a wind project has provoked the ire of the population. The place, a former prison camp where thousands of Russians and Ukrainians perished during World War II, could now be the home of wind turbines but the project is very far from being completed.
Internet giant Amazon is staying tight lipped after construction was suspended at a windfarm it is invested in, following a landslide. A peat slippage at Meenbog on the Donegal-Tyrone border has polluted rivers in both NI and the Republic leaving angling groups and fishermen seriously concerned about a mass fishkill.
“The questions that need to be answered before India pursues such a massive renewable programme involving huge solar and wind parks are – whether there is sufficient available land, whether comprehensive environmental impact assessments are conducted prior to construction and whether a proper compliance of environmental safeguards is carried out after a project is operational,” Linowes questioned. Renewable projects including such solar and wind parks are already facing resistance from communities – including legal cases.
While there were no reports of injury or concerns that the local water supply could be affected, one councillor said 'there are serious questions about how this happened.' Councillor Gary Doherty of Donegal County Council said: 'I've this morning requested an immediate stop on all works at the site until a full investigation is carried out and the full extent of the damage caused is known.'
That latest argument gained fresh attention when plans to build the Blue Hills Wind Farm in Val Verde County were unveiled. Critics claimed this new development could pose a threat to national security because Chinese businessman Guangxin Sun owns the land. They alleged that he had ties to the Chinese Communist Party and his company could use the wind farm to monitor U.S. military operations or interfere with the U.S. electrical grid.
This is not an isolated example of human rights issues with large-scale solar projects, Hudlet told Climate Home: “The consultation process with indigenous communities has become more of a mandatory checklist” than a serious attempt to seek consent… “If we keep allowing companies to press ahead with such projects and only late in the process engage with communities there will be more land conflicts. Cases like this should be a warning signal to get it right.”
Sometimes it takes an outsider to appreciate what we here take for granted, to see what our eyes and our minds fail to grasp: the Flint Hills of Kansas are a national treasure. ...Gov. Kathleen Sebelius first promulgated such a moratorium in 2004, which was then continued and expanded by Gov. Sam Brownback. On July 28, 2020, Gov. Kelly issued her proclamation, thus continuing bipartisan protection of this endangered ecosystem.
Richard believes that if Yantian is developed to install photovoltaic panels, these migratory birds will not approach or inhabit the areas under the photovoltaic panels. "Wetland fishing grounds with wave-absorptive blocks and shallow waters are being developed with more and more solar panels. Migratory birds have fewer and fewer areas to rest. If they cannot find enough food, they will starve to death during the flight."
The commissioners made clear they want NextEra Energy Resources to be prompter in having local roads repaired at the Crowned Ridge project in Codington and Grant counties. Their comments were polite but blunt to Sean Harrington. He oversees project construction for the Florida-based company.
Aberdeenshire Council’s planning service recommended refusal on the grounds that the application is contrary to its Local Development Plan Policy and added that it would have a visual impact and could have an impact on aircraft and aviation. Councillor Ann Ross said: “I think that the scale of the additional turbines would almost make it an industrial site and the sense of encroachment. I think it’s the wrong development in the wrong location and I have to agree with the recommendation.”