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PPH Hatchet Job on Governor LePage's Sensible Energy Policies

7/15/14

Subsidy Seekers Whining on Wind...and playing politics in an article where nary a citizen wind opponent was interviewed.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/15/energy-company-that-pulled-out-of-maine-last-year-invests-2-5-billion-in-scotland-offshore-wind-farm/

Nice hatchet job on Governor…

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Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Vote for Wind Warrior and Maine Guide Dave Corrigan in the Appalachian Trail photo contest

He running a close second to a picture of a rainbow.  Let's put him over the top!

http://a.pgtb.me/gJlj03?app_data=entry_id%3D58128486

 

Added by Steve Thurston on July 14, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Wind Turbines take terrible toll on animals

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Added by Friends of Ragged Mountain on July 11, 2014 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

BDN: NRCM, Figdor etc. on offshore wind development

Excerpt: "...the sharpest barbs came from the Natural Resources Council’s Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees and Environment Maine’s Director Emily Figdor. Figdor criticized Gov. Paul LePage for “obstructing the development of wind power” 

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Added by Long Islander on July 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Eagle kill comment

Dear Interested Party,
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to 
approve the information collection for the Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines described in the attached Federal Register Notice. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and …
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Added by alice mckay barnett on July 10, 2014 at 10:26am — No Comments

BDN: First Wind Appeals Bowers

Posted July 09, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
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Added by Long Islander on July 9, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Oakfield Wind--First Photos

Some intrepid opponents of Oakfield Wind have supplied me with the first photo documentation of the destruction taking place.  Click here to go to the photo album http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/albums/oakfield-wind-destruction-july-6-2014

Here are a couple of the photos:…

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Added by Brad Blake on July 7, 2014 at 11:40pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Emera, CMP agree to work together on Maine wind power transmission projects

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The companies cited more than 2,100 megawatts of proposed wind power capacity in Northern Maine as the impetus for the project.

Excerpt from Reader Comments:

So, just to be clear, CMP and Emera which operate the distribution system for just Maine electric consumers are going to coordinate their efforts to build new transmission lines in the state to ship power to southern New England. Since CMP and…

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Added by Long Islander on July 7, 2014 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

WGME (Channel 13) Broadcasts Scathing Editorial Critique of Global Warming Scam

This is Amazing! I watched WGME (channel 13 in Portland) 11 pm news on July 5th. Right after sports , on came an editorial. WGME is one of the Sinclair Broadcast Group stations that airs "Behind the Headlines with Mark Hyman". It was a blistering condemnation of the climate change scam. They chose to send this excellent critique out to its southern Maine audience.…

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Added by Brad Blake on July 6, 2014 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

Eagles on Roxbury Pond

I took the accompanying pictures on Roxbury Pond two weeks ago. A pair of eagles have been raising their young on an island in the pond for several decades. Most eagles hatch 2 or 3, but only one survives to fly. These eagles have rebuilt their nest in the same tree and successfully parented 2 chicks to fly from the nest year after year. The value of their DNA to future generations of eagles is enormous. But with the coming of the turbines, and Obama giving free…

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Added by Steve Thurston on July 4, 2014 at 11:28pm — 8 Comments

BDN: Women in Wind

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Almost all the rules and regulations governing alternative energy in Maine are new, Joyce echoes. “While there are plenty of the generic old white men in the business world we work in, we’re all learning together. We all have equal footing.”

That means there are fewer of the barriers women often face in more traditional industries, says Juliet Brown, who also works on wind energy as chair of the Environmental Law Group at Portland’s…

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Added by Long Islander on July 4, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

When is it perfectly legal to kill a Bald Eagle?

Among those stunned by the agency’s move were residents of King Cove, Alaska. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ruled in December that those in the remote fishing village could not build an 11-mile gravel road to a nearby airport because it would affect eelgrass that serves as a way-stop meal for migratory birds.

“We’d have much less impact on the birds with our road than these wind farms have on the eagles,” said Della Trumble, a spokeswoman for the King Cove…

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Added by Long Islander on July 4, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

Mike DiCenso: It is not worth throwing one’s neighbors under a bus

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Any tax breaks or bribes will be quickly lost when we all have to pay for new transmission lines, and town officials go on a spending spree. It is not worth throwing one’s neighbors under a bus in support of a developer who does not even live near his proposed turbines.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 3, 2014 at 9:28pm — 3 Comments

Clifton voters approve amended land use rules for Pisgah Mountain wind project

Posted July 01, 2014, at 9:10 p.m.

Last modified July 01, 2014, at 9:34 p.m.
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After the vote results were announced, Julie Beckford had this to say:

“The town of Clifton is…

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Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Another Billionaire Buyer for Maine Newspapers?

July 1, 2014

Another Billionaire Buyer for Maine Newspapers?

by Al Diamon

http://thebollard.com/2014/07/01/media-mutt-122/

Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Maine's top wind lawyer: Well funded ideologues cause the anti-wind "noise" at public and legislative hearings

First Wind's lead attorney Juliet Brown:

"The industry has some very vocal opponents who are well funded, who are very ideological, and who are motivated to show up at public hearings and legislative hearings, and that tends to be the noise that you hear," Brown says.

It's all right here:…

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Added by Long Islander on June 30, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Thanks to those who've donted to Saving Maine so far!

Can't thank everyone who has donated to the Saving Maine campaign so far. Today was a great day at the "donate" button. Every dollar we raise goes to telling the truth about wind power and other environmental challenges facing Maine. So thank you all and tell your friends to show their support for the new campaign. We're in the Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal, and Morning Sentinel on Tuesday. We hope you like the ads and the messages - stay tuned. More good things on the way. 

Added by richard mcdonald on June 29, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Maine Audubon: Maine Bats Being Eliminated, Putting Humans at Risk

Let us see if we understand this correctly -- Maine Audubon acknowledges that bat colonies in Maine have been decimated and this has put human health at risk. Yet after suggesting in 2011 putting restrictions on industrial wind with regard to bat endangerment, in December 2013, Maine Audubon essentially green lighted industrial wind sprawl in Maine.

June 29, 2014…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2014 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Vinalhaven turbines

The Camden Hills and the islands of Penobscot Bay are one of Maine's treasures.  Several wind warriors and I hiked up Bald Mt., from which summit there is a sweeping view of the islands of Penobscot Bay.  Even on a hazy day, the controversial wind turbines on Vinalhaven stuck out like a sore thumb!  This beautiful island has been desecrated by ugly wind turbines.…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 28, 2014 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

Saving Maine campaign continues to rollout this weekend with MST and BDN

Saving Maine's ad campaign is appearing this weekend in the Maine Sunday Telegram and BDN weekend edition with two ads per edition. It's also running in the Tuesday (7/1) editions of the Kennebec  Journal, Waterville Sentinel and Sun Journal. Two ads will be in each edition as well. We are working on a plan to include radio this Summer. As always, this cost money and we appreciate all of you who have contributed over the past couple of weeks. Keep hitting that "donate" button at…

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Added by richard mcdonald on June 28, 2014 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

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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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