Long Islander's Blog – March 2017 Archive (27)

Nina Pierpont, MD: International Standards Organization acknowledges motion sickness from low-frequency oscillatory motion below 1 Hz

March 30, 2017

In this document (attached), the ISO is acknowledging as a state of common and shared knowledge that low-frequency oscillatory motion produces (a) human body mechanical resonance phenomena above 1 Hz (such as the chest vibratory phenomena that are a prominent part of Wind Turbine Syndrome) and (b) motion sensitivity (vertigo, nausea, and related mental components) below 1 Hz. (Hz stands for Hertz.)

With this being common…

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Added by Long Islander on March 31, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Tourism Assoc: Maine Wind a Threat

Excerpted from the Maine Tourism Association's recent testimony on LD 901 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places:

This testimony also speaks to the economic importance of tourism.

The reality of course is that beauty is in the eye…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

TABLED: LD 901 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places

Please see Eric Tuttle's comment below regarding upcoming worksession.

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places

Written testimony (Mar 23, 2017) can be viewed here:…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Maine Wind: How Numbers Affect Visual Impact

If people look at a wind turbine and BELIEVE that it is saving the planet, they think the turbine is beautiful.  But it people KNOW that the turbine is merely a useless and unnecessary feel-good scam to line the pockets of speculators, their VIEW of Big Wind is changed. …

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Major Article on Connecticut Wind NIMBYism

"State plans to buy wind power from Maine have been stalled by insufficient transmission capacity to get it here.......And importantly – you probably won’t be able to see the turbines from land........Also nothing we are talking about here involves wind power in Long Island Sound. The waters of the Sound are controlled by Connecticut and New York state, not the federal government. For multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it’s not windy enough, the Sound is not suited to…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2017 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Naomi Schalit: Maine legislators use timing and creative wording to skirt spirit of fundraising rules

MAINE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEREST REPORTING | March 29, 2017

An examination by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting of recent legislative fundraising, including reviews of invitations, campaign finance reports and state law, reveals that lobbyists and legislators have found ways to legally undermine the spirit of those reforms, giving private interests continued opportunities to spread their money around the statehouse.

How they do it: by scheduling events on…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

PPH and BDN - Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate change record

PPH - The order will mandate a review of the Clean Power Plan

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.......“This rule was an unlawful attempt to radically transform the nation’s power grid, destroying valuable energy assets and leaving our economy more vulnerable…

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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments

BDN - Small Maine communities reclaim their say over wind projects

A total of 39 Unorganized Territory communities from western Maine to Down East have taken back the ability to nix wind power projects they don’t like.

And a fight is still brewing over what could be the 40th, in Milton Township, where developer EverPower has proposed a wind farm.

The moves were a response to the 2008 Maine Wind Energy Act, which gave blanket zoning approval to wind power projects in the Unorganized Territory without review by a regional…

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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2017 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Maine PUC Commish: Don't Be Naive About Potential of Maine Offshore Wind (PPH)

Excerpt from PPH Tux Turkel article today describing Maine PUC Commissioner Bruce Williamson's take on the potential (or lack thereof) of offshore wind in Maine:

Traveling with officials from Massachusetts and Maryland, he also came to understand how they were preparing for offshore wind in their backyards. It will be an uphill climb, he said, for Maine businesses.

“Maine has to compete with states that are just as…

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Added by Long Islander on March 23, 2017 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

LD 901 Hearing Just Started (2:15PM Thu 3/23/17)

Tune in Alert 1PM - LD 901 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places
Public HearingToday at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours …
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Added by Long Islander on March 23, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

PPH - Maine bill would prohibit discrimination based on climate change beliefs

The bill also prohibits the state from favoring or disfavoring any person based on the person’s climate change policy preferences with regard to grants, contracts or employment.".................. Mills declined a request for comment on Lockman’s bill Tuesday night.............Rachel Healy, the communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, said her organization was discussing Lockman’s bill, L.D. 771, and had yet to take a position on it. Healy, in a message to the…

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Added by Long Islander on March 22, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

George Smith: Bring on the Wind Power in Maine

From the article:

"We must reduce carbon production generated by transportation — it is five times more than the carbon produced by electric production. Some predict that in 25 years we’ll all be driving electric cars."

He also goes on to write: 

"Maine has the highest per capita consumption of petroleum in New England and our economy is very consumptive.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

PPH - Lawmaker calls for oversight of Maine’s public advocate

Republican Rep. Roger Sherman said he is sponsoring the bill because he’s not always “sure” of decisions made by Public Advocate Timothy Schneider, who represents ratepayers before state, regional and federal regulators. 

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/21/lawmaker-calls-for-oversight-of-maines-public-advocate/

Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2017 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

John Droz - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 20, 2017

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Wind Energy is an Attack on Rural America

As Wind Grows, So Does Its Opposition

Five Key Reasons to Pull the Plug on Wind Subsidies

Proposed US Carbon Tax — A Recipe for Disaster

The War on Affordable Electricity

Science Deniers in the Wind Industry

Short video: Poison Wind

How Would Oklahoma’s Anti-Wind Tax Affect The State’s Industry?

Europe’s Lessons Teach Us — Don’t Go…

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Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2017 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Rick Perry’s DOE agenda: Cleaning house, Trump’s clean energy

In 2014, DOE ponied up a $150 million loan guarantee for Cape Wind, a wind turbine project to be located in Nantucket Sound. However, local pushback over the potential doubling of consumers’ electricity bills stalled the project.

The solar energy company Solyndra, whose failure became a national scandal, received its $535 million loan from DOE in 2009.

In short, Perry needs to rein in, downsize and refocus DOE. Here’s what he should do.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 17, 2017 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Monhegan Island Offshore Wind: New DOE Should Decline $40 Million Subsidy (Master Resource)

By Jim Lutz -- March 14, 2017

In 2008, Governor John Baldacci’s “The Expedited Wind Energy Act” passed the Maine Legislature with absolutely no debate or objection. “Maine is the Saudi Arabia of wind,” they said, among other exaggerations and deceits........ Our Senator Angus King, who started the wind ball rolling while he was Governor, got very rich on his investment as a founder of Independence  Wind, the first installer of wind turbines in Maine at Record Hill which came under…

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Added by Long Islander on March 17, 2017 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Do not sign their “Neighbor Agreement.” You will lose all your rights

I was never an opponent of wind power. I am a science teacher of 11 years and teach about sound and alternative energies. It is in the state curriculum. I even went to an all day wind power teacher’s workshop to get a better understanding of wind energy eight years ago. The wind industry has been setting us up for a fall a long time ago.

By the way, standing directly underneath a turbine is the quietest place to listen to them. Stand back 500, 1000, 1500 feet and downwind from them,…

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Added by Long Islander on March 17, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine Electricity Prices Fall 1% While Rest of New England up 20% Due to Costly Renewables (PPH)

Of course the PPH's actual headline was "Despite making it a priority, LePage remains stymied on lowering energy costs; Heading into his last full legislative session, it's unlikely that the governor will have better success this year."

.......And she noted that during the governor’s tenure, retail electricity prices in Maine fell by 1 percent, while they rose in the rest of New England by 20 percent.......southern New England states…

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Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2017 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Moosehead: BDN ignores the looming threat of wind projects in article about boosting economy

Based on work done by more than 100 participants during Thursday’s session, Beurle presented a plausible scenario for what the region that includes the towns of Greenville, Monson and Rockwood could look like in 2030, with the goal to have a more diversified economy and a greater number of permanent and semi-permanent residents in 13 years.

The future scenario features a 20-25 percent increase in the population, with 1,000 more residents — many aged 25-44 — as well as more diversity…

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Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Danish municipality cancels plans for all onshore wind turbines; Resistance from residents behind ban

People before turbines

The decision certainly pleased one resident, the fortunately-named Søren Wind, who lives in the village of Roager in Esbjerg Municipality.

“It’s quite a relief,” he said. “The politicians have let us citizens come first. I’m glad that’s over.”

Esbjerg followed in the footsteps of several other municipalities, including Vejen and Tønder, which have also dropped their wind turbine plans.…

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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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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