The local pride in our mountains is reflected in the recent naming of the newest high school: “Mountain Ridge”. Should it now become “Wind Farm High?”
What am I going to do with a house I can’t live in?
… The intestinal tipping point came for me when a contingent of students from Middlebury College (annual tuition and fees $44,330) found both the gas money and the gall to drive to the town of Sheffield (annual per capita income $13,277) in order to lecture the provincials on their responsibility to the earth and its myriad creatures. …
Apparently, this place that has never had much use to the larger world beyond that of hosting a new prison or a solid-waste dump turns out to be an ideal location for an industrial “wind farm,” ideal mostly because the people are too few and too poor to offer much in the way of resistance.
Dr. Michael Soulé, retired biologist and founder of the Society for Conservation Biology
“By far [habitat fragmentation] is bigger than climate change. While the serious effects from climate change are 30 years away, there’s nothing left to save then if we don’t deal with fragmentation. And the spearhead of fragmentation are roads.”
Dr Frank Mastiaux, chief executive climate and renewables division, German E.ON
The UK targets were 'extremely challenging'. Future wind farms will need to have thousands of turbines, each so big it would be like a football field turning on top of a steel mountain.
Dear Lisa, You were totally cool and razor sharp in the CBS News interview I saw a while back. Thank you for representing our side in such an elegant and intelligent way. I send these alerts to so many people. Thank you so much for making this available. Very best regards,
The green tag attached to windmills exempt them from environmental clearance which leads to mindless destruction of nature with impunity.
Ian Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy
Renewable plants have an enormous subsidy under the renewable (energy) portfolio laws. If they still can't compete, they probably shouldn't be built.
John Hines, Chief Supply Officer of NorthWestern Energy
Judith Gap power also is a bargain for NorthWestern, at about 3.2 cents/kWh. However, wind power provides virtually none of NorthWestern's capacity requirements, and the utility needs on-call contracts and other means to ensure it meets load. The relationship between load and wind output is almost zero. That's a real issue for us.
Dr. Brian L. Horejsi, Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert, George Wuerthner
The recent proliferation of wind turbine farms is just one more case of the serious aggression and destruction that reflects the continuing expansion of an extremist private property and commercialism agenda. This socially, legally and politically defective agenda and process is being exploited by corporations, some local residents, and local governments. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not freedom and it is not democracy; it is vandalism and oppression in the name of commercialism.
Kevin Van Koughnett
There's no getting around it, (turbines) do kill birds and they do kill bats.
Michael O'Sullivan, senior VP of development FPL Energy
Renewables are not cheap. And wind is a flawed product in the sense that it is intermittent, and is available only 30% to 40% of the time.
Paul Gaynor, President UPC/First Wind
I know there was an expectation [in Mars Hill] about what these were going to sound like. These are big structures and they do make sound.
Believing all renewables, let alone just wind, will produce 20 percent of America's power anytime soon requires a leap of faith only fools would attempt.
Dr. Bryant Macfie
Environmental activism is a new religion infecting science. The crucifix has been replaced by the wind turbine.
Those farms did not contribute at all to our peak demand - it had to be covered by other non-wind generation. Over the long term wind is very reliable but in the short term you can never count on it being there when you need it in forward forecasting.
The poll a "classic" tactic, designed to pressure commissioners...."It's unlikely FPL would have taken this step [to conduct a poll] had public opinion been running their way"
Ralph Matthes, Executive Director of the Major Electricity Users' Group (MEUG)
Yesterday the Te Apiti wind farm had peak generation of approximately 30 MW. Installed wind turbine capacity at Te Apiti is 90 MW. Average wind generation for the whole day from Te Apiti was approximately 12 MW. Just when we need as much supply as possible to cover known outages and hence put pressure on spot prices, wind has been missing.
Mark and Kate Harris of Mars Hill, Maine
May God help you as there is no one else presently able to if you should let these turbines come to town.