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Wind power projects of the magnitude proposed on our ridgelines would drastically affect the character of our state and do little or nothing to alleviate the problems of acid rain and greenhouse warming.
In addition to the issue of scale, there are risks to jobs and the local economy, as well as questions about what a project this size might do to property values. These are reasonable questions that have yet to be answered.
If Catamount will lie on such a basic point as this, why should we believe anything else they say?
My state representative, Lucy Leriche, got back to me about my concern about her vote at the Northeast Kingdom Caucus meeting last week in favor of industrial development of our ridgelines. She clarified her position, which seems to be "trust the Public Service Board." I wrote back to her and clarified mine.
MANCHESTER — Endless Energy is offering the town an additional $600,000 to host five 390-feet wind turbines on Little Equinox, but it may not be in time to sway public opinion.
MANCHESTER — A proposal to place wind turbines atop Mount Equinox still has a way to go before winning over local skeptics.
LONDONDERRY – Catamount Energy said Friday that it is close to signing a contract with an unnamed Vermont utility to sell all the power generated at the proposed Glebe Mountain wind energy facility.
Justifying the addition of towering turbines to Vermont's mountain scenery is a tall order.
It is unreasonable to expect wind energy to make a meaningful contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, given wind's unreliability and the consequent need to meet increasing power needs with reliable capacity. We would be better served by focusing on clean coal. The technology exists to clean coal today and that would make a meaningful difference. The proliferation of wind turbines will not.
We don't want anyone to think anyone is trying to flimflam anyone? Right?
National Wind Watch, Inc., an organization based in Rowe, Mass., dedicated to providing the facts about wind energy, welcomed President Bush's state-of-the-union call to become less reliant on foreign oil for America's energy needs. The organization agrees advances in technology are essential, but warns further appropriations for wind energy would be a distraction from Bush's defined energy objectives.
Unfortunately, proponents continue to tout wind energy as "the answer" while, in the fashion of "Jeopardy!" contestants, are unable to come up with the correct question.
It is my fervent hope that our governor and Legislature heed Mr. Bongartz's very helpful suggestions and take control of this locomotive before it takes control of Vermont.
Ultimately, Americans should use energy more efficiently before we try to build our way out of our energy woes.
People who are concerned about energy, the environment, or the economy take a serious look at what works and what doesn't. In all three areas, big wind does not work.
Illuzzi suggests that instate generation would be cheaper for our manufacturers and that it would save money for ratepayers. Perhaps he hasn’t heard that countries in the world with large wind plants are finding their rates are constantly rising, notably in Denmark and Germany.
This most recent petition joins thousands of others signatures around the state, against the scale of these massive industrial wind projects.
MANCHESTER — Audience participation will be at the crux of the final forum on the proposed wind turbines Endless Energy Corp. wants to build on Little Equinox mountain.
Should Vermont proceed on its own now, scar its ridgelines with industrial development and major road construction (as would be required by the Glebe Mountain proposal) in the belief that we would be doing "our part" in the effort to combat global warming? I think not —