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Shellie Correia is now a member of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine
7 hours ago
Brad Blake posted a blog post

Evidence of Shorter Lifespan for Wind Turbines

I came across this and I believe it really is important for critics of wind power in Maine to start monitoring what takes place at the existing wind sites as they start aging through the freezing and thawing and icing of Maine winters.  I always believed that if GE or Siemens said the useful life of a wind turbine is 20 years, that would be reduced to 10 to 15 years in Maine's harsh northern climate.  More down time for repairs should be a frequent criticism if we pay attention!…See More
11 hours ago
Donald Moore commented on richard mcdonald's blog post Saving Maine Media Campaign Returns with Statewide Radio Effort
"Thank you Saving Maine for you hard work and dedication! Hopefully your campaigns to educate the unaware public will win over some converts. Don"
22 hours ago
Penny Gray commented on richard mcdonald's blog post Saving Maine Media Campaign Returns with Statewide Radio Effort
"Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Monday
arthur qwenk commented on richard mcdonald's blog post Saving Maine Media Campaign Returns with Statewide Radio Effort
"Very Well Done!"
Monday
richard mcdonald posted a blog post

Saving Maine Media Campaign Returns with Statewide Radio Effort

As we stated in May, Saving Maine's statewide public education program highlighting "The Truth About Wind Power" would take a summer hiatus around July 4th and resume with statewide radio in August. Starting Monday,  August 18th, we will be running three radio commercials ("Poor Wind," "Wind Exporters," and "Goodbye Saddleback") on WGAN and WVOM. The radio schedule runs through September. The highly successful newspaper program will return after Labor Day --  it will run through the election.We…See More
Saturday
Jim Wiegand replied to Jim Wiegand's discussion The voice of 28,600 dead eagles
"Here is a perfect example of  FWS disinformation being given out to the public pertaining to wind turbine related Eagle mortality. This two faced approach also protects the wind industry.  From the July 2014 article "Eagles killed by…"
Saturday
Thinklike A. Mountain posted a blog post

At Portland meeting EPA officials listened, but they still say that CO2 is air pollution

"I attended the EPA presentation and “listening session” last Wednesday with about 50 other people – all of whom seemed to be members of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Island Institute or various other environmental activist groups. As the Press Herald reporter so aptly described, the audience was “decidedly friendly” to the EPA position – not so much to my objections"."About two dozen audience members rose to voice their opinions. Each expressed alarm and concern about CO2 and its…See More
Aug 13
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post SPECIAL REPORT: WIND’S ROLE IN VERMONT’S ENERGY FUTURE
"Escalating higher rates and no power...amazing they are still trying to sell wind farms. Iberdrola has a FB page on my newsfeed trying to drum up support. Don't know how it got there."
Aug 12
Jackie Vainik is now a member of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine
Aug 12
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Mafia alert raised over wind farms
"Mike Interesting observation."
Aug 11
Mike DiCenso commented on Long Islander's blog post Mafia alert raised over wind farms
"Years ago there was a crackdown on the mafia. They figured if they hired enough lawyers they would blend in better. One result is the wind white collar criminals we are forced to deal with now."
Aug 11
Mike DiCenso commented on Long Islander's blog post Can New PTC Guidance Open the Wind Market?
"Sicknin'."
Aug 11
Martha thacker commented on Thinklike A. Mountain's blog post Take your green, grubby hands off our freedom and our economy - Bangor Daily News
"Time to get politics out of energy. Regulate. If First Wind lists regulation as a problem in the future in their SEC reports under risk factors, it can only be good for the state of ME. Otherwise there will  be increases in rates and decreases…"
Aug 11
Long Islander posted a blog post

SPECIAL REPORT: WIND’S ROLE IN VERMONT’S ENERGY FUTURE

"Harnessing wind in Vermont is like “growing bananas” in the state, according to Mark Whitworth, executive director of Energize Vermont, a group opposing large-scale wind. It just does not make sense, he said. Ben Luce is a Lyndon State College professor of physics and natural science who is critical of Vermont’s renewable energy program. He said even by developing all available locations for wind in the Northeast – ridgelines, hills and shorelines – wind could only provide less than 3 percent…See More
Aug 11
alice mckay barnett commented on Thinklike A. Mountain's blog post Take your green, grubby hands off our freedom and our economy - Bangor Daily News
"apocalypse is what DEP told me they are up against....mmmmm???????   so they say.  install bigger culverts."
Aug 10

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Evidence of Shorter Lifespan for Wind Turbines

Posted by Brad Blake on August 19, 2014 at 11:30pm

Can New PTC Guidance Open the Wind Market?

Posted by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

Mafia alert raised over wind farms

Posted by Long Islander on August 7, 2014 at 11:28am — 3 Comments


NRCM's CO2 - From A Different Point of View The PDF document at the following link put NRCM's own published CO2 information into the perspective of the Maine woods and shows the terrible tradeoff that is industrial wind in Maine.  

Putting Maine's Wind Power Goals into Proper Perspective

 

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The voice of 28,600 dead eagles 1 Reply

The wind industry is currently asking for 30 year eagle killing permits. It is long overdue that the public took notice to the Putin style politics taking place with the Interior Department and the wind industry. Most of the public is not aware…Continue

Started by Jim Wiegand. Last reply by Jim Wiegand on Saturday.

Bingham Wind Decision Delayed to 2014 3 Replies

I have been informed that the DEP is delaying its decision on whether to permit First Wind's proposed 62+ turbine "Bingham Wind" project until early 2014.I was under the impression that the Maine Wind Energy Act required projects within the…Continue

Started by hillary. Last reply by Karen Bessey Pease Dec 29, 2013.

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    Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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