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Wind energy opinion survey just ‘snake oil'

Again, US Wind Force spins their claims and half-truths in the April 14 article "US Wind Force Counters Commissioner's Concern." Mr. Friend's cites a West Virginia statewide opinion survey that 57 percent of individuals polled were pro-wind. At best, this survey is misleading, dubious and outdated. ...The uninformed opinion of pro-wind is diminishes when individuals learn that industrial wind turbines are planned on fragile mountain ridges.

Again, US Wind Force spins their claims and half-truths in the April 14 article "US Wind Force Counters Commissioner's Concern." Mr. Friend's cites a West Virginia statewide opinion survey that 57 percent of individuals polled were pro-wind. At best, this survey is misleading, dubious and outdated. This is nothing more than a "snake oil" opinion survey.

The uninformed opinion of pro-wind is diminishes when individuals learn that industrial wind turbines are planned on fragile mountain ridges. Individual opinions are quickly changed when they learn projects are publically tax subsidied projects. Industrial wind project destroy wild life habitat, creates forest fragmentation, threatens residential and migrating birds and bats, and affects beautiful scenic areas, including cultural and historical places.

The local economy is impacted and residents' opinions change when they realize that wind energy is unreliable and PJM grid system policy only allows 13 percent of electrical generation to enter their system. Opinion dissolves when residents realize they receive no service benefit, lower electrical rates, because all generated energy sell to outside interests.

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Again, US Wind Force spins their claims and half-truths in the April 14 article "US Wind Force Counters Commissioner's Concern." Mr. Friend's cites a West Virginia statewide opinion survey that 57 percent of individuals polled were pro-wind. At best, this survey is misleading, dubious and outdated. This is nothing more than a "snake oil" opinion survey.

The uninformed opinion of pro-wind is diminishes when individuals learn that industrial wind turbines are planned on fragile mountain ridges. Individual opinions are quickly changed when they learn projects are publically tax subsidied projects. Industrial wind project destroy wild life habitat, creates forest fragmentation, threatens residential and migrating birds and bats, and affects beautiful scenic areas, including cultural and historical places.

The local economy is impacted and residents' opinions change when they realize that wind energy is unreliable and PJM grid system policy only allows 13 percent of electrical generation to enter their system. Opinion dissolves when residents realize they receive no service benefit, lower electrical rates, because all generated energy sell to outside interests.

Please remember when an opinion survey is offered ask questions:

• First, ask to view the completed study.

• Who conduct the survey for possible bias?

• What is the survey sample design and sampling size?

• Does the survey reflect a representative population sample?

• Are questions reliable and valid?

• For accuracy, what statistical tests were performed?

• What is the margin of error?

For the record: The 2006 survey was commissioned by West Virginia Manufacturing Association in conjunction with representatives of the wind energy industry was conducted by RMS Strategies of Charleston. Since completed the entire study has not been publically released. A survey question not asked, "If people would like live in view of an industrial wind site?" But wait,there is more ...

In the Liberty Gap Wind Farm Project, US Wind Force unsuccessful spins the same story to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. This project is located in beautiful rural Pendleton County, W.Va., was opposed by Friends of Beautiful Pendleton County (www.fobpc.com ) Here are some highlights offered to WVPSC.

US Wind Force CEO Mr. Matthews, under testimony, states Liberty Gap received tremendous response and support from their local community. The real facts were that public comments received by the WVPSC shows that 715 received, of which 587 (82 percent) opposed the project and 128 (18 percent) supported the project. Of the 128 that supported the project 70 (55 percent) were form letters from union members, the majority do not live in Pendleton County.

US Wind Force is peddling "snake oil." Be a smart consumer, don't be fooled by a slick bottle label. Learn what ingredients you are buying and taking or it could make you and the community very ill.


Source: http://www.times-news.com/o...

APR 15 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/19902-wind-energy-opinion-survey-just-snake-oil
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