I am an active user of Facebook and belong to two groups organized around hiking in Maine. Whenever someone posts a photo from a Maine mountain that includes wind turbines I always make comments critical of the turbines. If you are using Face Book, I suggest you do the same. Just search FB for Maine Hiking. Today, someone posted some really nice photos of Saddleback in Carthage and, unfortunately, chose to add this photo of the wind turbines. Here is my comment:
Added by Brad Blake on September 23, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments
Maine is an incredibly beautiful state. The views from Rumford Whitecap, which has a sub-alpine ecosystem at one of the lowest altitudes in Maine, are incredible. From Rumford Whitecap, the summit of which was protected by The Mahoosuc Land Trust, the view is marred by the Record Hill Wind project, seen here, as well as Spruce Mt. Wind in Woodstock and Saddleback Ridge Wind in Carthage.
We must stop the ravaging of Maine's natural and scenic resources by the wind industry. It is long…
Added by Brad Blake on December 12, 2016 at 12:36am — No Comments
I have returned from a brief stay at Mattakeunk Lake in Lee and while I was there, I traveled out to Passadumkeag Mt., a project that should never have happened. Brief background: the opposition to this project convinced then-DEP Commissioner Patty Aho and key staff to tour the region prior to the second public meeting at the Greenbush school auditorium. The Commissioner heard hours of passionate testimony and the DEP issued a denial of the project based largely on the scenic impact on…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on June 27, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments
We all know the Global Warming alarmists are driving wind power down our throats! If this were a movie by uber-Liberal liar Michael Moore, there would be lots of hype. You can be sure no media hype will accompany this movie. But anyone who wants to get the other side of the story about Global Warming may want to attend this showing in Brunswick at the Brunswick 10 Cinema at Cook's Corner on May 2.
Here's how to order…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on March 31, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments
Great news from the heart of vast Aroostook County, Maine. By a 4-1 vote, the Town Council of Fort Fairfield has adopted an incredibly well researched and comprehensive wind power ordinance. The key is the setback requirement for turbine siting of one mile from the property lines of non-participating property owners. This compares to the "State Model" (written by the wind…Continue
Moosehead Lake is simply astounding, truly a natural treasure. The iconic Mt. Kineo rises dramatically from the vast lake. The view from the top encompasses the blue water surrounded by verdant forest and the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy the vistas in this video, then envision the lake encircled with 50 story wind turbines on every available ridge. Please speak out against the destruction of this unique region that deserves national park status, not industrial wasteland…Continue
This recent photo of the wind turbines on Lowell Mountain in northern Vermont in a lightning storm provokes the thoughts of the dangers of forest fires as these machines are erected throughout heavily forested areas in northern New England. We know the turbines have lightning rods, but so have the thousands of barns that have burned down after lightning struck their rods. If not properly maintained, lightning rods are simply ornaments, not protection. A lightning strike on a turbine not…Continue
An erstwhile wind warrior grabbed his camera this week and sent in these sad photos of the Oakfield Wind project, still under construction, but with enough turbines up so the impact is clear. First Wind bamboozled the Town of Oakfield with a so-called collaboration with a poor town that was eager for tax revenues and landowners eager to get leasing income. Again, First Wind laughs all the way to the bank, having taken over the town at a cheap, rock-bottom price. Then DEP Commissioner Aho…Continue
Wind power critic and author Mike Bond, a Maine native, will be discussing his book "Killing Maine" on Friday, August 8 at Sherman's Books at 49 Exchange St in Portland, ME. The event starts at 7 PM. Please come if you can to support Mike and to speak to the others about the scourge of industrial wind power.…Continue
One of the foremost wind power activists in the Northeast is Mary Kay Barton of upstate New York, the only area in the eastern USA with more industrial wind turbines than Maine. She has published a scathing analysis of wind power in Master Resource. …Continue
Added by Brad Blake on August 12, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments
Our local Oakfield Wind opponent has supplied more photos of the all too common views of a wind power site being erected.Continue
Clearview Peddles12 cents per kwh for Wind vs 6½ cents per kwh for the current "standard offer" in Maine
We are constantly criticizing the high cost per Megawatt Hour of intermittent wind power. While people can shop around for a better deal than the default "Standard Offer" approved by Maine's PUC, seldom do people make a conscious choice to spend more on wind power supplied…Continue
Spanish based Iberdrola, the parent company of Central Maine Power Co. is also, through Iberdrola Renewables, developing wind power sites. It wants to destroy Fletcher Mt. in the mountains around Lexington, Concord and Pleasant Ridge Plantations with a project to be known as West Range Wind.
The staff of Maine's Public Utilities Commission is recommending against allowing Iberdrola to purchase a transmission right of way from Brookfield Hydro that would provide the line from the…
With apologies to CTFWP members who are Sierra Club supporters based on the GOOD things the organization has done in protecting the environment, here comes the proof that Sierra Club was bought off by special interests to promote wind and solar development. The folks who stand to make a lot of money off this scam have poured their money & influence into Sierra Club, as documented in "Big Donors . . . Big Conflicts". That has to filter down to Maine, as Sierra Club…Continue
One of the most contentious wind power projects has started construction, completely unreported by the Maine media. The Passadumkeag "Wind Park" will desecrate the highest point of land between Cadillac Mt. and Mt Katahdin. Initial public reaction reduced the original proposal from 27 turbines sprawled across the 5 mile long monadnock ridge to 14. The application was filed on February 2, 2012 and the expedited wind…Continue
We have been given permission to publish these copyrighted photos of the Oakfield Wind project. Nothing to add. The photos sadly tell the story.…Continue
With the conventional generators providing the New England grid with wholesale prices around 5-6 cents per kwh, it is absurd that Deepwater Wind in the shallow waters between Block Island and mainland Rhode Island will come on line starting at 24 cents per kwh. …Continue
The Ellsworth American Newspaper clearly understands the issues regarding the proliferating wind scourge in Maine. Its good they do, as the stretch of small mountains and ridges along Maine's remote Downeast Coastal region are targeted for heavy wind power development following theBull Hill project. The problem is all this region consists of Unorganized Territories and tiny towns and plantations all enveloped by the heinous Expedited Wind Permitting Zone.
Here is an excellent quote…Continue
In a seesion of the legislature where the Governor has been vetoing legislation , Governor LePage stood up for the rights of the citizens in the state's Unorganized Territories and SIGNED LD 828 into law. What a long and skillfully fought victory! The following is the message from UT Citizens for Fair Policy.…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on June 30, 2015 at 11:42pm — No Comments
It is interesting that there is no US media coverage of this perspective from Bill Gates. This article comes from the UK. The UK doesn't utilize direct taxpayer subsidies like the USA, but instead has forced a "Feed-in Tariff" on the grid, forcing electricity costs to skyrocket. This, in turn, has led to poor and working class people to endure what has been termed "energy poverty" such that they must sacrifice heavily on other things to try to keep the lights on.…Continue