Long Islander's Blog – March 2013 Archive (33)

Advice to other towns from Clifton: "Slam the door on these wind projects"

Wind project a heated issue at Clifton town meeting

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Added by Long Islander on March 16, 2013 at 8:27pm — 2 Comments

Esteemed Maine Writer George Smith Gets Written Up Himself by Columbia Journalism Review

04:00 PM - March 13, 2013

Windmills, tourism, and transparency

Maine blogger’s ongoing conflict-of-interest problems spark concern

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Added by Long Islander on March 16, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

State lawmakers debate whether state policy should play favorites when it comes to renewable energy

Does anyone else find it odd when business people demand "certainty"? I thought the mark of a good business person was to figure out how to succeed in conditions of uncertainty. I guess there's business and there's Rent-Seeking.

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers Tuesday…

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Added by Long Islander on March 13, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

BDN - Biofuels development in Maine: Using trees to oil the wheels of sustainability

Biofuels development in Maine: Using trees to oil the wheels of sustainability

Posted March 12, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2013 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

Readers Let George Smith Have It

Wind Power Column Draws Fire

The author characterizes those who are trying to stop these 500' tall wildlife habitat fracturing structures from hurting Mainers' health, happiness, natural environment and pocketbooks as "nasty and bullish".

You can see this with your own eyes right here:…

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Added by Long Islander on March 11, 2013 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Legal fees for wind farm battle part of upcoming Clifton annual town meeting

Legal fees for wind farm battle part of upcoming Clifton annual town meeting

Posted March 09, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Is blogging for wind power without disclosure legal?

Is blogging without disclosure legal? Please read the following from the FTC and decide for yourself.

For Release: 10/05/2009

FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials

Changes Affect Testimonial Advertisements, Bloggers, Celebrity Endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has approved final revisions to the guidance it gives to advertisers on how…

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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

George Smith’s Non-Disclosure by Al Diamon

Media Mutt

George Smith’s Non-Disclosure

by Al Diamon

Bag of wind: Outdoor writer George Smith doesn’t like to disclose his conflicts of interest.

So, he just doesn’t do it.

Please read the full article in The Bollard  …

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Added by Long Islander on March 6, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Maine's Wind Power Goals: Is the Medicine Worse than the Illness?

Some much needed perspective on the terrible bill of goods that was sold to the legislature in 2008 by the Enron-spawned wind industry. 

In 1988 Stephen Rice wrote "Some Doctors Make You Sick: The Scandal of Medical Incompetence."  In the book, Rice explored the concept of iatrogenic illness, which…

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Added by Long Islander on March 6, 2013 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

BDN:Court tells DEP to lower nighttime noise levels on Saddleback wind farm

Court tells DEP to lower nighttime noise levels on Saddleback wind farm

Posted March 05, 2013, at 1:16 p.m.

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Added by Long Islander on March 5, 2013 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Mike DiCenso BDN Letter: Legislature needs to correct the flawed wind law

Wind turbine folly

The Land for Maine’s Future program represents much money spent and untold hours of hard work to preserve areas for future generations.

The threat of such unique places being surrounded by ugly, blinking industrial wind turbines threatens to make the entire program an exercise in futility, with no climate improvements and minimal energy produced.

The Legislature needs to be more careful when passing “emergency bills” written by…

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Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2013 at 4:34pm — 5 Comments

George Smith Gives First Wind Free Ad in Bangor Daily News

Why is there no disclosure in the Bangor Daily News that First Wind is a "Premium Level Supporter" of George Smith's blog, meaning it would seem they are contributing at least $5,000 a year to his blog. …

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Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2013 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Wind Benefits Overstated

March 1, 2013

Rethinking Wind’s Impact on Emissions and Cycling Costs

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Recent reports by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and others suggest that the emissions-reducing benefits of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar may have been overstated and the cost of cycling fossil-fueled plants underestimated. These findings may change how utilities and policymakers weigh the…

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Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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