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
One of the problems we have continually struggled with is the bias of the Maine media in their complicity with the wind industry in promoting this scourge in Maine. When I saw this completely biased article in the Lewiston Sun Journal, from a reporter who I know must have my phone number and email from previous interactions (as well as contacts for other wind power critics), I got angry and fired off this email:
"Mr. Karkos, I have to strenuously object to the article…Continue
The massive Oakfield Wind project has towers being erected at a steady pace. There will be 50 Vestas V112 turbines when complete, each standing 492 ft tall from base to apex of the blade. This project represents one of the worst travesties in our sordid history of wind power projects in Maine, as DEP Commissioner Aho allowed First Wind (now SunEdison) to amend an existing license for 35 1.5 MW GE turbines, each at 389 ft tall, and expand it to this completely different project, impacting a…Continue
We have gotten few victories from the State Legislature, but the dogged determination of the Maine Citizens of the state's Unorganized Territories now have won a process to have a say about whether or not to be in the Wind Energy's Law's arbitrary "Expedited Permitting Zone". Great job to the group "UT Citizens for Fair Policy". Here is their press release:…Continue
The Portland Phoenix weekly edition has just been posted on-line. There are several articles relating to wind power and other issues that relate to wind power. Chris O'Neil of Friends of Maine's Mountains and Brad Blake of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power were both contributors, but this is a great opportunity for us to bring our case to readers of the Phoenix.
The Phoenix is one of the most prominent "freebee" news tabloids that are distributed everywhere, plus it is on-line. …Continue
The Forest Ecology Network (FEN) has been fighting the scourge of industrial wind power development since the first wind projects started. FEN is a stalwart ally in our fight against wind power in addition to their focus on other threats to Maine's vast woodlands.
The Spring 2015 edition of their periodic publication "The Maine Woods" has just been published on-line. It includes a major critique of Maine's wind law by activists Don & Paula "Maine's Contentious Wind Energy Act". …Continue
Added by Brad Blake on June 17, 2015 at 1:43am — No Comments
Yesterday & today, I attempted to contact a reporter for a Portland area newspaper who had emailed me earlier in the week to set up a phone interview. Since the phone interview didn't happen, I quickly pounded out these comments, the message I want to send to southern Maine people. The reporter emailed back and said he would see what he can use (typical!). Anyone who reads this who wishes to do a letter to the editor, any segment of this can be used as the basis of an…Continue
By the narrowest of margins, LD 828 gained approval in Maine's House of Representatives. The bill would restore the rights of citizens in the Unorqanized Territories (UTs) to have a say regarding wind power projects. This right was stripped away when the "Wind Law" placed the UTs in the Expedited Permitting Zone classification. Organized towns that are similarly in the expedited zone have the right to withdraw, something denied to citizens in the UTs. It is very clear that the wind…Continue
Score another wind ordinance victory! On Tuesday, June 9, the voters of Dixfield approved a restrictive wind ordinance for their scenic town in Maine's western mountains. The close vote is a culmination of years long local debate and the new ordinance replaces a weaker version. A bad day for Patriot Renewables, which has had its sights on Col. Holman Mt. in Dixfield to add to its Saddleback/Carthage project that is currently under construction and its approved project for Canton Mt. …Continue
Added by Brad Blake on June 10, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Every now & then there is good news from Augusta and yesterday was a great day for opponents of wind power in Maine. The Maine Senate, in spite of heavy lobbying by the Wind Industry that fears economic scrutiny, did the right thing and affirmed the nomination of dr. Bruce Williamson as the newest member of the Maine Public Utilities Committee. See the story here:…Continue
First, let me say I believe we are a nation of laws and I believe it is against the law and morally wrong to destroy someone's property. But the "Wind Law" foisted upon us by Baldacci in 2008 and protected from any change whatsoever by the Democrats who sold out to the Wind Industry is one of the worst pieces of special interest legislation ever enacted. It results in the proliferation of sprawling industrial wind turbines and ruination of Maine's natural and scenic resources.
Added by Brad Blake on June 8, 2015 at 11:53pm — No Comments
In a surprising turn of events among the Democrats who control The Legislature's Energy Committee (EUT), they reversed their blockage of a vote on the PUC nomination of economist Dr. Bruce Williamson and voted to endorse the nomination by 11-2 margin. Surprising, because the wind industry usually has its way with the Democrats on this committee and they fear the scrutiny of their scam by an economist. This is a great opportunity to do some on-line comments criticizing the economics of wind…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on June 4, 2015 at 10:39pm — No Comments
Legislative Energy Committee Chair Rep. Mark Dion and Sen. Dawn Hill, both Democrats, are attacking the integrity and independence of LePage PUC appointees Mark Vannoy and Carlisle McLean. They have created a false charge of "crisis of confidence" and it is all centered around the realization that things just might not go their way of protecting the wind industry from scrutiny.
The Governor has stricken fear into the Democrats by nominating an economist with no ties to Maine, Bruce…Continue
As we all know, the Democratic chair of the Maine Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Rep. Mark Dion of Portland has been carrying out the directives of Maine Democratic leaders to protect the wind industry. With wind cheerleader David Littell being replaced by a LePage nominee, a highly regarded economist named Bruce Williamson, the Democrats fear economic scrutiny of the wind industry will stop the scam rather than promote it as in the past when the PUC was Baldacci…Continue
This is disappointing news from the PUC. Are wind critics' hopes being dashed by LePage appointee Carlisle McLean voting with outgoing wind power cheerleader David Littell to possibly approve the long term contract for useless wind power that threatens to destroy the Highlands near Concord and Lexington Townships? We need lots of comments on this one!
Excerpt: "Maine Public Utilities Commissioners David Littell and Carlisle McLean agreed a deal was near with NextEra and…
The American Bird Conservancy says more than 30,000 of the existing 48,000 turbines are in places that government agencies or nonprofit organizations such as the National Audubon Society describe as having special significance to birds. The article is focused mostly in the upper mid-west and around the Great Lakes, but Maine has raptors and migratory flyways that are already threatened by massive wind turbines. A good example is the Rollins Wind site in Lincoln Lakes, where two nesting…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on May 20, 2015 at 12:03am — No Comments
While I am appalled by the destruction of Maine's natural and scenic resources by the proliferation of the industrial wind scourge, I have always tried to make economic arguments. The article linked here does a good reminder of the reliance of the wind industry on subsidies.
"New data show just how bad a deal wind energy is for taxpayers — and the largesse extends far beyond the PTC. In 2013, wind received almost $6 billion…
This is the message I sent to the Maine Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee, including the photos. It is NOT too late to email or call the Committee members to do the right thing and pass LD 911, which includes a greater scenic impact zone for the ever larger wind turbines and putting cumulative impact into the law as criteria. Here is the link to the Committee: …Continue
Photo courtesy of Paul Trommer
So, this photoshopped depiction of wind turbines on Mt. Katahdin might be a bit extreme, but it makes a strong warning to Katahdin Region people and everyone who loves the unique natural and scenic resources of our beautiful state! The Molunkus project proposed by First…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on April 2, 2015 at 11:19pm — No Comments