BDN - Wind farm opponents blast Maine Audubon report, saying environmental group too ‘chummy’ with developers

Wind farm opponents blast Maine Audubon report, saying environmental group too ‘chummy’ with developers

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/12/business/wind-farm-opponents-...

AND ALSO IN THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

Maine environmental groups clash over wind power

A report by Maine Audubon that says turbines can be compatible with wildlife is attacked by other advocates.

By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Friends_of_Maine_s_Mountains_challe...

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on May 14, 2015 at 10:01pm

As you read below these groups mentioned below that once fought for the condors, have now all sold out to wind energy..........Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and Tejon Ranch. 

Wind Farm Called Threat to Condors..... 1999 this was the old Audubon.

 

http://articles.latimes.com/1999/sep/14/news/mn-9946

 

 

WASHINGTON — The National Audubon Society took aim Monday at a wind energy project on the northern fringe of Los Angeles County within the historical habitat of the endangered California condor.

 

"And Monday, the Audubon Society launched a campaign to raise public awareness about the "lethal threat" posed by the wind farm project".

 

"It is hard to imagine a worse idea than putting a condor Cuisinart next door to critical condor habitat," said Daniel P. Beard, the Audubon Society's senior vice president.

The environmental group wants Congress to make wind farms within 10 miles of the habitat of endangered birds ineligible for a tax credit that companies receive for producing electricity through wind power.

"The government is encouraging through the tax code the construction of a project that is going to kill a species that another part of the government is spending millions to save," Beard said.

That tax credit expired this year, but Congress expects to extend it before January. Congressional aides, however, were dubious that congressional leaders would approve of using the tax code to resolve the dilemma of condors versus renewable energy.

Ten years ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to build a wind farm on the same land, siding with a coalition opposing the project that included the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and Tejon Ranch, the largest contiguous landowner in California with 270,000 acres along Interstate 5 in Los Angeles and Kern counties. The opponents argued that the wind farm would be a visual blight and have a broad impact on the environment, particularly on the condor after it was reintroduced.

Tejon Ranch is not taking its earlier success for granted. The diverse agribusiness company, which is developing part of its vast land for residences, is concerned about the potential eyesore and environmental impact. So it has paid for billboards in Los Angeles and Houston, brochures and ads in two congressional newspapers, Roll Call and The Hill, that are part of the Audubon Society's campaign to kill the project. The billboards show a condor flying toward wind combines with the caption "Kill the Condors?"

The Gorman wind farm is one of five such projects that Enron Wind Corp., part of the mega-energy conglomerate Enron Corp., has undertaken with the incentive of promised subsidies from the California Energy Commission.

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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