Bitter Wind: A Town Divided Over A Controversial Maine Wind Farm

 A really well done video of one of our victories, Bower Mountain.  Both sides.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/bitter_wind_a_town_divided_over_a_cont...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 11, 2015 at 10:56am

I use Chrome. Using Windows versions have often given me many headaches while doing research or other work. As Windows versions often block access to sites that do not conform to Microsoft requirements (A though based on experiences) Though I do use when no other method will take me to Microsoft specific locations. 

Comment by Penny Gray on September 11, 2015 at 10:08am

I have tried several times to post to 360.yale.  Interestingly, I ended up with Eric Tuttle's comment in my "comment" entry screen.  I finally gave up.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 11, 2015 at 9:36am

After several attempts I was able to post on 360.yale

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Get out your slide rules (if you still have them).... News Break....... Albert Einstein .... "Energy can neither be created or destroyed, only converted" None of these Renewables are even as close to being Green as their promoters proclaim. All energy holds some form of carbon contribution. How much energy received is dependent on our efficiency of transformation. How much we will have is dependent on how efficiently we use the energy. Do the REAL math, as promoters will not, NREL uses false data, both of which can not climb past the $ symbol for a variety of reasons. There are appropriate uses of all sources of energy with some being best applied based on intensity needs. REDUCTION by utilizing efficiency in all areas is the only true GREEN. We waste as much if not more than we actually put to work.

Comment by Kathy Sherman on September 11, 2015 at 12:34am
No, Mike
Connection fine on iPhone.
Sometimes, as in Vinalhaven and upstate NY, it seems to be those from away, who are numerous and likely contributing way more to the tax base in Hammond NY as better example than Vinalhaven versus large local landowners. But for projects in Maine, it is so often large investor landowners who are not voters. I am only vaguely recalling Yale as one of those large landowners of northeast timberland. Any connection?

I am also recalling a very cogent argument from a Yale student against divesting at this time - basically don't buy high/sell low. Probably was not as low then as now
Comment by Mike DiCenso on September 10, 2015 at 9:48pm
I tried to comment on the 360.yale post but I could not connect. Anyone else having trouble?
Comment by Eskutassis on September 9, 2015 at 9:30pm

K Campbell you are absolutely right that this was made out to be a class warfare decision rather than a real environment issue.  These people from Augusta south think of our pristine mountains and scenic beauty as nothing more than open land to dynamite and destroy because they don't have to look at it.

Comment by Penny Gray on September 9, 2015 at 1:05pm

Thank you for the links, I will watch them.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 9, 2015 at 11:50am

The links did not carry through on my last comment when copying from my time editing  program so here are the links

Part 1 of 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv11oMn1fH0?start=115&end=&...
Part 2 of 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovMqcNe54c0?start=40&end=&v...
Part 3 of 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTycC57fEQM?start=47&end=&v...

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 9, 2015 at 11:41am

That BEP hearing was also recorded by me in its entirety. Not just useful bits & pieces. For those that wish to again review.

Comment by K Campbell on September 9, 2015 at 10:19am

Let me add to my comment below that the slant of the movie is exactly the way First Wind portrayed the issue - that it was 'clean energy and jobs' for a poor community vs. a 'few sporting camp owners'. In my opinion First Wind ought to receive credit for film directing here. OK all from me now on this!

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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